The NFL announced the Pro Bowl rosters on Tuesday night. These rosters are always subject to change due to injuries and because some of the players will still be playing come Pro Bowl time, but for now these three former Hawkeyes are scheduled to play on January 26 in Orlando.
TE George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers, 3rd season): Kittle was selected as the starting tight end for the NFC. Playing in 12 games this season, many with nagging injuries, Kittle has 73 receptions for 888 yards and four touchdowns with two games to go in 2019. At 11-3, San Francisco has already clinched a playoff berth and are fighting with Seattle, New Orleans, and Green Bay for home field advantage.
With 2780 yards in three seasons, Kittle has more yards receiving in his first three years than any tight end in NFL history. This is the second straight Pro Bowl for Kittle.
OL Brandon Scherff (Washington Redskins, 5th season): Scherff was selected as a backup this year, no small accomplishment when your team is 3-11. This is the third Pro Bowl selection for the big offensive lineman. Unfortunately, Scherff will not be playing in the game as he has been placed on the IR list due to elbow/shoulder injuries. Most likely, the free agent to be will be playing in a different uniform next season.
OL Marshal Yanda (Baltimore Ravens, 13th season): Yanda earned his eighth Pro Bowl berth on Tuesday, once again as a starter. Yanda continues to produce at an elite level 13 seasons into his pro career with the Baltimore Ravens as he has received first or second team all-pro honors in eight of those years. The Ravens have the best record in football at 12-2.
If you have time on your hands, the YouTube video below lists each Pro Bowl starters best play of the year. Kittle shows up at 0:52 with his famous facemask play and Yanda shows up at 4:11 with a big block on the Patriots.
The Pro Bowl roster is chosen by a combination of fan, player, and coach voting. This year the Baltimore Ravens have the most players chosen with 12 while the New Orleans Saints lead the NFC with seven players chosen.
Probably the biggest snub of former Hawkeyes amy be Buffalo Bills free safety Micah Hyde who has 65 tackles and three interceptions as well as one touchdown on kickoff returns for the playoff bound Buffalo Bills.
Digging through various websites, it appears as if Anthony Hitchens of Kansas City was named as an alternate selection.