The 49ers will have a Pro Bowler after all

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On Tuesday, linebacker Ahmad Brooks became the eighth member of the 49ers originally selected to the Pro Bowl to opt out of going to Hawaii for the game.

That was the entire contingent of 49ers players invited to the game, but San Francisco fans looking for a reason to watch the game should be pleased to know that there will be a 49er in Oahu. Safety Eric Reid will cap his rookie season with a trip to the Pro Bowl after being added to the game on Tuesday.

Reid, the 18th pick in the 2013 draft, tweeted that he’d rather be heading to New York but the Seahawks win last Sunday means that Kam Chancellor is making that trip. That opened up the spot for Reid, who had 77 tackles and four interceptions in his rookie season.

Tight end Vernon Davis, running back Frank Gore, guard Mike Iupati, tackle Joe Staley, defensive tackle Justin Smith, linebacker NaVorro Bowman and linebacker Patrick Willis were the other 49ers to bow out of the game.

16 responses to “The 49ers will have a Pro Bowler after all

  1. Isn’t that the ultimate sign that the Pro Bowl is a total waste of time? No offense to Reid, but he’s going because the 6 guys in front of him were actually injured, or were “injured” (i.e. they didn’t want to go). You might as well just ask for volunteers to play rather than vote for it and save the embarassement of having many guys pulling out.

  2. Do we have a final count on how many players will be able to put the title of “2014 Pro Bowl” on their resume after this year? I know there is some turnover every year, but it seems unusually high this year. Maybe it has run its course…

  3. SS Kam Chancellor is a freaking monster. Anyone see him destroy OT Eric Winston, and then still make an open field tackle? It’s all over YouTube.

    I’ve seen Hines Ward detonate on NGs, DEs, DTs and ILB/OLBs – but this was a 225-230 lb. DB and giving up nearly 100 lbs. to a moving face-up OT – and just leaves Winston in a crumpled heap and still makes the play. It was, and remains, truly amazing. Chancellor is a mind-blower on tape.

    Congrats to Reid for making the Pro Bowl. Very good player. Unfortunately, his well-intentioned goal-line play had the unfortunate unintended consequence of blowing out Bowman’s knee – and that was tough to watch. Not Reid’s fault – but still harsh to see Bowman, a classy player, suffer that injury.

  4. Congrats to Reid for going as a rookie.

    It’s too bad so many of the veteran players across the league are opting out. The whole game is quickly becoming a waste of time.

  5. They should send the mystery assistant who threw a forearm shiver on Jeremy Lane. That was the hit of the game for the classless niners. Way to stay “above reproach.”

    Harbaugh = lying hypocrite.

  6. It seems that most of the players want the bragging rights of being voted as Pro Bowlers, but don’t want to carry out the obligation of actually attending the game. I think it is very disrespectful to the fans that have voted for them. They should just have a Pro Bowl vote and forget about the game.

  7. The invitees should have to accept or decline by an earlier date unless injured. I don’t blame anyone on the 49ers or Pats for not wanting to play, but they’re looking like sore losers and making the league find seven new “Pro Bowlers” on too short of notice.

  8. In fairness to Iupati and Bowman they do have actual injuries. Kinda hard to play on a broken leg and with a torn MCL and ACL.

  9. For all the bitching here about the Pro-bowl, it’s ratings are always through the roof which means no matter what they say most of the commentors will indeed be watching it.

  10. ern215 says:
    Vernon Davis was an all star?????


    Not after last week, hahaha

  11. Reid is putting his career on the line to win an exhibition game for Jerry Rice or Deion Sanders. Does that seem smart to you?

    I would rather see a loop of the 545 out of 550 NFL PATs this season than watch the Pro Bowl.

  12. First, don’t hold your breathe waiting for him to arrive in Hawaii, someone will probably talk to him, and he will suddenly come up “injured” too, or just change “his mind”

    Second, funny thing about the movement to cancel the pro-bowl is that the NFLPA is opposed to the cancellation.They need to sit downn with their members (well the ones that are likely to be initially voted in, anyway), and get on the same page

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