Redskins' Trent Williams named to Pro Bowl

Redskins' Trent Williams named to Pro Bowl
December 27, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Redskins tackle Trent Williams has made the Pro Bowl for a second straight year, the NFL announced Friday night. 

Meantime, wide receiver Pierre Garçon, cornerback DeAngelo Hall, running back Alfred Morris and linebacker Brian Orakpo were selected as alternates.

Williams anchors a line that’s paved the way for one of the league's top rushing offenses. Redskins rank second in yards per rush (4.8), while also accumulating the fifth most rushing yards (2,073).

And although he was selected to the Pro Bowl last season as well, the 25-year-old is still waiting to actually play in the game. He was forced to withdraw last year after being assaulted in a Honolulu nightclub and sustaining a wound on his forehead that required seven stitches.

Williams could be joined by one or more of his teammates who were designated as alternates. In the coming weeks, they'll be eligible to replace an injured Pro Bowler or take the spot of a player whose team is playing in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2.

The exclusion of Garçon was somewhat of a surprise. The 27-year-old leads the NFL in receptions with 107 and ranks ninth in receiving yards with 1,290—both career highs. Last season, Garçon surpassed Art Monk’s franchise record for receptions in a season.

Earlier in the day, Garçon was hopeful of making his first Pro Bowl.

“It would be another thing checked off the life goal list, I guess,” he said at Redskins Park. “If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, I’ll keep working hard. I did the best I could, all my team asked of me.”

This season’s game – to be held Jan. 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu – will feature a new format.  On Jan. 21-22, the “unconferenced” rosters will be selected in the first ever Pro Bowl Draft.