Trio Wraps Up Pro Bears NFL Campaign At Pro Bowl
LAS VEGAS – Three former Cal football players – Bryan Anger (Dallas), Cameron Jordan (New Orleans) and Alex Mack (San Francisco) – participated in the 2022 Pro Bowl at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday to wrap up the 2021 NFL season for Pro Bears. All three played for the NFC squad in a 41-35 loss to the AFC. The event was held at Allegiant Stadium for the first time.
Jordan started the contest and was credited with two tackles and a fumble recovery that he eventually lateraled over 34 defensive snaps. The fumble recovery gave the NFC the football on the AFC 35-yard line and the NFC followed with a seven-play, 35-yard drive that was capped when Kyler Murray found Mike Evans for a 19-yard touchdown reception.
Mack came off the bench and played 32 offensive snaps, while Anger was the holder on three successful NFC extra-point attempts but there were no punts in the game by either squad.
Keenan Allen (Los Angeles Chargers) and QB Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay) were selected for the game but did not play due to injury.
Rodgers has been selected to the Pro Bowl in 10 different seasons (2009, '11, '12, '14, '15, '16, '18, '19, '20, '21), while Jordan (2013, '15, '17, '18, '19, '20, '21) and Mack (2010, '13, '15, '16, '17, '18, '21) are seven-time picks. Allen has been chosen five times (2017, '18, '19, '20, '21), while Anger was selected for the first time in his career in his first season with the Cowboys.
Cal has had 38 players chosen for the Pro Bowl a total of 124 times since the game was first played in 1938 as the "NFL All-Star Game". After a five-year run under that name and a seven-year hiatus, the game returned as the Pro Bowl in 1950 and was played every season from 1950-2019 before the 2021 Pro Bowl that followed the 2020 campaign was cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Cal's 124 total selections rank second among current Pac-12 teams, while the Golden Bears' 38 players chosen is tied for third in the conference.