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Three Former Hawkeyes Named to Pro Bowl

The Hawkeyes continue to show out in the NFL.

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Right after I hit “submit” on Hawks in the NFL last night, JP hit me up that we had Pro Bowl news that I definitely missed. So - Pro Bowl news!

Former Hawks have had great seasons across the league, and that resulted in three players landing Pro Bowl bids in Tyler Linderbaum, Sam LaPorta, and George Kittle.

We’ll start with Linderbaum. I don’t cover the offensive linemen much because, well, I’m no expert and it’s tough to gauge their involvement unless there are clear cut pancake blocks or him or someone like Tristan Wirfs smashing someone into the second level. Grading them is tough - PPF always has funky grading, so that doesn’t help much either.

But, with Linderbaum, it’s easy to see. He’s giving up almost zero pressure on presumed MVP Lamar Jackson.

What an excellent second season for Linderbaum. This is his first Pro Bowl selection, hitting that in just his second season in the league. He is one of seven Ravens to make the AFC team.

For Kittle, this is his fifth selection to the Pro Bowl, and he’s one of nine 49ers to make the team. On the season, Kittle has 65 receptions for 1,020 yards - he leads the league in receiving yards for tight ends and is 20th overall - and 6 touchdowns. He averages 15.7 yards per reception. Another all-around excellent season for the 49er tight end.

LaPorta’s fabulous rookie season ends with his first Pro Bowl selection. He’s been part of Detroit’s fun resurgence back into an actual NFL team, as the Lions won the NFC North for the first time - their first division title since 1993 - and sit at 11-5. LaPorta has 81 receptions for 860 yards - 6th in tight ends - and 9 touchdowns. His touchdown number leads the league for tight ends.

Congratulations to Linderbaum, Kittle, and LaPorta! Keep an eye out for the All-Pro teams, as these guys will all be in contention for those spots too. All-Pro has often been the gold standard in judging NFL players so we could have Hawks make that team next week. ESPN’s Bill Barnwell already published his team on New Year’s Day and had Kittle as the first-team tight end and LaPorta as the second-teamer.