The Green Bay Packers started the 2016 very slow, but with a four-game winning streak, they’ve picked up some steam heading into the last games.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, guard T.J. Lang and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix were elected to the Pro Bowl. Rodgers will be the veteran for the Packers, making his sixth appearance, while Lang and Clinton-Dix will be making their first appearances.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Rodgers’ six Pro Bowl selections is close to Brett Favre’s franchise record of nine selections for a quarterback.
Lang has been an alternate the last two years and is the first Packers lineman to be selected since guard Josh Sitton in 2014. Clinton-Dix is the first Packers safety to be selected since Nick Collins in 2010.
None of the three Packers were the top vote getters at their positions and will be backups. Lang finished behind Dallas’ Zach Martin and Washington’s Brandon Scherff; Clinton-Dix finished behind Minnesota’s Harrison Smith and Rodgers finished behind Matt Ryan.
Pro Bowl votes are collected from coaches, players and fans with each group’s totals bearing equal weight in the final totals.
In his news conference earlier Tuesday, Rodgers mentioned just about everyone on the team as being worthy of consideration. He lauded the play of Lang, tackles David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga and said Clinton-Dix, who is tied for the NFC lead in interceptions with five, was a “no-brainer” for selection.
For more on the Packers Pro Bowl backups, visit Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.