Local pros to play in premier events
One professional football player from the area is headed to New York for the Super Bowl and two others are in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl.
Former Fort Dorchester and Clemson standout Byron Maxwell will join the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium Feb. 2 as they take on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. Maxwell has been a cornerback for the NFL team since the 2011 season.
He has seen career-high action this season, playing in all 16 regular season games and starting in five. During those games he made 28 tackles with all but three being unassisted. He made four interceptions, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.
He has also seen considerable postseason action and is listed as a starter on the current depth chart posted on the Seahawks’ website.
On Sunday the corner helped Seattle to a 23-17 win over San Francisco in the NFC Championship game.
Fellow Fort Dorchester graduate Robert Quinn and Summerville graduate A.J. Green have been selected to participate in the NFL’s Pro Bowl to be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The game will be televised live on NBC at 7 p.m. Jan. 26.
Quinn, a defensive end who recently completed his third season with the St. Louis Rams, is one of four active NFL players selected as a captain for the event.
Quinn and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees helped alumni team captain Jerry Rice pick his roster for the 2014 Pro Bowl during the first-ever Pro Bowl Draft Jan. 21-22. Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles helped alumni captain Deion Sanders select his team for the draft.
The four active players received the honor of being captain because they received the most Pro Bowl votes among players from teams that did not advance to the conference championship round of playoffs.
Quinn started every game for the Rams this season. He had 50 solo tackles and seven assists. He had a team-record 19 sacks, including a strip-sack that he recovered the fumble on and returned it for a Rams’ TD.
In all, Quinn forced seven fumbles and recovered two fumbles. Quinn was also named Defensive Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.
Green, who recently completed his third season with the Cincinnati Bengals, is participating in his third straight Pro Bowl. He too had a career-best season.
The wide receiver started every game for the Bengals this season. He made 98 receptions for 1,426 yards and 11 touchdowns. That brings his career total up to 260 receptions for 3,833 yards and 29 TDs.