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Rivers, Weddle Headed to Pro Bowl
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Philip Rivers and Eric Weddle are both leaders and captains of their respective units. Their teammates not only look up to and respect them, but constantly boast that off the field, their quality as an individual is every bit as great as their quality on the field and in the locker room..
Fittingly, both have been selected to represent the Chargers in this year’s Pro Bowl.
“Philip and Eric are both deserving representatives of our organization, as are several other players,” said Head Coach Mike McCoy. “Their play speaks for itself, and they are both great leaders and great teammates. I’m very proud they will be representing the Chargers at the Pro Bowl.”
Five others were recognized as Pro Bowl alternates, including Antonio Gates (3rd), Nick Hardwick (4th), Le'ron McClain (4th), Mike Scifres (4th) and Ryan Mathews (6th).
This marks the second Pro Bowl for Weddle, his first appearance was in 2011. He recently reached triple figures in tackles (102) for the second year in a row and the third time in his career to lead the team. He is tied for the most interceptions with two and has also broken up 10 passes this season, second-most on the squad. Weddle has been efficient as a pass rusher too, constantly knocking down the quarterback while recording one sack, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He is also a key member of the Chargers’ special teams, tying for second on the team with nine tackles.
“It’s a huge honor obviously to get voted in,” said the safety. “To have the respect of the coaches, players and obviously the fans, that means a lot. I couldn’t be more ecstatic and proud to represent the Chargers and this team. Obviously I couldn’t have done it by myself without my teammates. They had a helping hand in it all. So I’m excited, but I’ve got to continue to prove when I’m out there that I’m worthy of it.”
In a unique twist this season, Weddle may have to square off against Rivers as the Pro Bowl will be “unconferenced”. The teams will be announced via a draft on January 22 in a three-hour prime-time show. So what would it be like to have to go up against Rivers?
“Well first of all I hope I get to play with him, that would be awesome,” he said. “I’d love to wreck shop together. But if not it would be fun too to go against him. Whoever picks us will get great players, that’s for sure.”
Overall, Weddle was proud to hear he will be joined by Rivers whether he gets to play alongside of him or against him.
“Obviously he’s had an amazing year,” he said. “For him to get back to where he belongs as one of the best quarterbacks in this league and get voted in by the fans and peers, that’s a huge honor.”
Rivers is certainly worthy of heading to Hawaii for the fifth time as he is in the midst of a career year. He leads the NFL with a completion percentage of 69.7 percent and he ranks fifth in passer rating at 105.5. Rivers has completed 356 of 511 passes this season for 4,249 yards with 29 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also ranks in the NFL’s top 10 in nearly every major passing category and has five games with over 300 yards passing this season, including three in which he’s passed for more than 400 yards. Rivers has also made the Pro Bowl in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
While both Rivers and Weddle are honored and humbled to be going to the Pro Bowl, Weddle hopes that neither of them gets the chance to play in it.
“Hopefully we’re not there,” he said. “Hopefully we’re playing the following week in the Super Bowl.”