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Jason Verrett Officially Heading to the Pro Bowl

Look through the top photos from Jason Verrett's 2015 season.

Jason Verrett was humbled when he was named first alternate to the Pro Bowl at the end of December.

Now, he's officially on his way to Hawaii as the second-year cornerback will replace Darrelle Revis (injured) in the annual all-star event. Verrett is the first Chargers cornerback to play in the Pro Bowl since Antonio Cromartie in 2008.

"This is a huge honor," he said after learning the news.  "This is something I've been watching since I was a kid.  Once I found out, I called my family and they were all hyped about it.  This is a huge honor, and I'm looking forward to playing in this game itself the most. To be honest, that's going to be the most fun part about it all."

Verrett shined in 2015, emerging as one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL.  He led the Bolts with three interceptions and 11 passes defensed while also adding 47 tackles and two tackles for loss.  Verrett notched his first career pick-six on Monday Night Football against the Chicago Bears when he intercepted Jay Cutler and ran it back 68 yards up the left sideline.  His diving pick off Alex Smith ended the quarterback's streak of 312 passes without an interception, the second longest in NFL history.

Number 22 went toe-to-toe against some of the game's premiere wide receivers all year.  More often than not, he came out on top against the likes of Antonio Brown, A.J. Green, Golden Tate, Steve Smith, Sr., Jeremy Maclin, Emanuel Sanders, Amari Cooper and Alshon Jeffery. As a result, he was named the Chargers' Defensive Player of the Year.

Very few are lucky enough to ever make it to the NFL, and an even smaller percentage get the chance to play in the Pro Bowl.  Verrett is fully away what this honor means.  While he plans to appreciate every moment, it also motivates him to reach new heights going forward.

"It hasn't sunk in too much that I am Pro Bowler just yet, but that is why I play this game: to be one of the best.  Right now it's happening that way, and I want to keep things going that route.  I'm definitely soaking it all in."

The Pro Bowl kicks off on Jan. 31 as Team Rice squares off against Team Irvin.  The annual Pro Bowl Draft will take place on Jan. 27.

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