GREEN BAY – Eddie Lacy is headed to Hawaii.
In fact, the Green Bay Packers rookie running back was guaranteed a trip there for the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl already. He just got his confirmation early.
Lacy, who had been the first alternate at running back, was added to the Pro Bowl roster Wednesday when Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pulled out because of injury.
As the top alternate, Lacy was actually ticketed for Honolulu as soon as the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks reached the NFC Championship Game because the 49ers’ Frank Gore and the Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch are both on the Pro Bowl roster. One will miss the game because of his participation in Super Bowl XLVIII.
“I was extremely excited to hear that I am getting to go to the Pro Bowl after my rookie season,” Lacy said in a quote distributed by the team’s public-relations department. “I feel like it gives me a great opportunity to thank my teammates, especially the offensive line, and coaches, for working with me and helping me accomplish what I did on the field this year.”
Lacy became the first Packers running back to be named to the Pro Bowl since Ahman Green was selected in 2004. He is the first rookie running back to be on a Pro Bowl roster since John Brockington in 1971. This season, Lacy broke Brockington’s rookie rushing records for yards (1,178), rushing touchdowns (11) and rushing attempts (284) and tied the rookie record for 100-yard rushing games (four).
Lacy’s addition saves the Packers from going unrepresented at the Pro Bowl. Not counting the 2010 season, when the Packers won Super Bowl XLV and thus had none of their players in the game, the last time the Packers didn’t have a Pro Bowl player was 2005, when they went 4-12.
Seven other Packers players are also alternates, although none of them are first alternates and the team does not specify how far down the list they are. Those alternates are fullback John Kuhn, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, guard Josh Sitton, linebacker Clay Matthews, wide receiver Jordy Nelson, and cornerbacks Sam Shields and Tramon Williams.
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