NFL: Two players with area ties make Pro Bowl
The Carolina Panthers had five players named to the Pro Bowl on January 26, 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii. One of the five Panthers is fullback Mike Tolbert from Coastal Carolina.
Tolbert has 94 carries for 332 yards and five rushing touchdowns. He has 24 receptions for 174 yards and two scores through the air. He is regarded as one of the top blocking fullbacks in the game, and has not lost a fumble this season.
Thirty of Tolbert's 94 carries have resulted in first downs. His 31.9 first down percentage leads the NFL among running backs and fullbacks.
Other Panthers making the Pro Bowl are QB Cam Newton, LB Luke Kuechly, OL Ryan Khalil, and DE Greg Hardy.
Arizona Cardinals defensive end John Abraham out of Lamar High also made the Pro Bowl. The former South Carolina Gamecocks star is the active career NFL sack leader with 133 and a half. This year, Abraham 35 tackles, including 11.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles.
Abraham has made five Pro Bowls with three different teams.
For the first time ever, the Pro Bowl will be "unconferenced." Instead of the AFC vs. the NFC, players will be assigned to teams in a Pro Bowl Draft on January 22.