Four Golden Bears Selected To Pro Bowl
BERKELEY – Four former Cal football players – WR Keenan Allen (Los Angeles Chargers), P Bryan Anger (Dallas), DE Cameron Jordan (New Orleans) and QB Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay) – were selected for the 2022 Pro Bowl in an announcement made live Wednesday on NFL Network. Anger and Rodgers were selected as starters with Anger the only NFC punter named.
Cal's four players were tied for the third most of any school in the nation behind only Ohio State (6) and Oklahoma (5) while equaling Florida State.
Rodgers' selection is the 10th of his career (2009, '11, '12, '14, '15, '16, '18, '19, '20, '21), while Jordan (2013, '15, '17, '18, '19, '20, '21) and Allen (2017, '18, '19, '20, '21) are seven and five-time picks, respectively. Allen and Jordan have both been chosen each of the past five years, while Rodgers was selected for the fourth consecutive campaign. Anger was picked for the first time in his career in his first season with the Cowboys.
The 2022 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon is scheduled to be played Feb. 6 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas for the first time. The contest will be simulcast live by ABC, Disney+ and ESPN. Kickoff time is scheduled for 1 pm MT/Noon PT.
The Pro Bowl was first played as the "NFL All-Star Game" following the 1938-42 seasons and then after every season from 1950-2019 before last year's game was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Below are notes on Allen, Jordan and Rodgers with their names linked to their Pro Football Reference profiles.
Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
– Ranked second in the AFC and fifth in the NFL in 2021 with 92 receptions through Week 15 games, while his 1007 yards receiving is tied for sixth in the AFC and tied for 12th in the NFL
– Has added five touchdown receptions in 2021
– Has had at least 97 receptions in each of the past four seasons prior to 2021 including a career-high 104 in 2019
– In his ninth NFL campaign in 2021 all with the Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers and has career regular-season totals of 716 receptions, 8404 yards receiving and 47 touchdown catches over 113 regular-season games and 108 starts
– Played three seasons at Cal (2010-12) and is the Golden Bears' all-time leader with 205 receptions while ranking third on the school's all-time list with 2570 yards receiving and eighth with 17 touchdown catches
Bryan Anger, P, Dallas
– Leads the NFL with a career-best 43.9 net yards per punt average in 2021 while he also has a career-high overall average of 48.0 yards per punt
– Has regular-season career averages of 42.3 net yards per punt and 46.4 overall yards per punt in his 11th NFL season with four different teams (Jacksonville, Houston, Tampa Bay, Dallas)
– The highest drafted punter in 17 years when he was selected by Jacksonville in the third round (70th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft
– Played four seasons at Cal from 2008-11 and is one of only two players in school history along with Alex Mack to earn first-team all-conference honors for three consecutive campaigns (2009-11)
– Played in all 51 games possible as Cal's starting punter from 2008-11 and posted an average of 43.5 overall yards per punt that ranks third all-time at Cal, while he holds the Bears' all-time single-season record with the 45.6 overall yards per punt he posted as a 2010 junior
Cameron Jordan, DE, New Orleans
– Has 43 tackles, 6.0 sacks (-37 yards), 8.0 tackles for loss and 16 quarterback hurries, four passes defensed and two forced fumbles while playing in and starting 14 of the first 15 games in 2021
– Had the longest strings of consecutive starts by all players (157) and games played by a position player (172) snapped when he missed the first contest of his career in Week 14 against the New York Jets while in COVID-19 protocols
– Has regular-season career totals of 557 tackles, 100.5 sacks and 132 tackles for loss in his 11th NFL season all with New Orleans with his sacks sixth among active NFL players and his tackles for loss tied for seventh
– Played in 50 of 51 possible games with 32 starts over four seasons at Cal (2007-10) and finished his career with 175 tackles while adding 34.0 tackles for loss (-122 yards) and 16.5 sacks (-89 yards) to finish just outside Cal's all-time top-10 list for both tackles for loss and sacks
– Earned honorable mention All-American honors from Pro Football Weekly and was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection of the league's coaches as a 2010 collegiate senior at Cal when he recorded 62 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss (-47 yards) and 5.5 sacks (-32 yards)
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay, 16th Season
– Has played in and started 13 of 14 possible games and leads the NFL with a 110.4 rating in 2021 while he is tied for fifth with 30 touchdown passes
– Has completed 299-of-441 passes (67.8%) for 3487 yards with the 30 touchdown passes and four interceptions with only two of the picks coming over the last 12 contests and none over the last four
– Equaled Brett Favre for Green Bay's all-time franchise record for touchdowns passes (442) in his most recent contest in a 31-30 win over Baltimore when he was also named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the 19th time (most in Green Bay franchise history) in his career and first time this season by completing 23-of-31 passes for 268 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 132.2 quarterback rating
– Has third-highest career passer rating in NFL history (104.3) in his 17th NFL season all with Green Bay, while he is fifth jn passing touchdowns (442), ninth in total offense (54760), and 10th in both career passing yards (54732) and completions (4584), sixth among active players in pass attempts (6538), passing yards (50774) and total offense (50892), and ninth among active players in completion percentage (64.9%)
– Played two seasons at Cal from 2003-04 and completed 424-of-665 passes (63.8%) for 5469 yards with 43 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for a 150.3 all-time quarterback rating that is the best in school history