Drew Brees replaces injured RG3 in Pro Bowl
The Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III aggravated a month old knee injury during Wild card round one loss to the Seattle Seahawks last weekend. Robert Griffin III underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair torn ACL and LCL in his knee. The Washington Redskins rookie is expected to miss 6-8 months recovering from the knee surgery.
Drew Brees become the third New Orleans Saints player to be selected to the Pro Bowl this year, joining teammates Jahri Evans (guard) and Thomas Morstead (punter) for the trip to Hawaii. Although Drew Brees wasn’t initially voted to the NFC Pro Bowl roster, he was named a first alternative, paving his way back onto the squad after Robert Griffin III was suddenly ruled out due to his serious knee condition. Other quarterbacks on the NFC Pro Bowl roster include Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers and Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan.
With Wednesday’s announcement, Drew Brees faces his seventh career Pro Bowl appearance and sixth since joining the New Orleans Saints in 2006. With that number, Drew Brees ties with New Orleans Saints kicker Morten and linebacker Rickey Jackson as the only players with a franchise record of six Pro Bowl selections. Only tackle William Roaf has been selected more tie to the Pro Bowl (seven times) while with the franchise.
This is also Drew Brees’ fifth consecutive Pro Bowl selection. Drew Brees last missed the Pro Bowl I during his second season with the New Orleans Saints in 2007.
The 33-year-old Drew Brees closed the regular season leading the NFL with 5,177 passing yards and 43 touchdowns (joining Dan Marino as the only other NFL signal caller to throw over 40 touchdowns in two seasons). Drew Brees is the only quarterback in NFL history with to amass over 5,000 passing yards in three back-to-back seasons, and set a record earlier this year for a 56 game streak of throwing touchdown passes.
The former second-round pick Drew Brees started all 16 games this season, completing 422-of-670 passes (63.0%) and setting a passer rating of 96.3.