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Three Chargers Voted to Pro Bowl

Weddle a first-time selection; Gates, Rivers also Hawaii-bound

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    San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle #32 celebrates his interception of quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs in the final minute during their NFL Game on September 25, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San DIego, California. The Chargers went on to win the game 20-17.

    Eric Weddle wanted to end this season in Indianapolis.

    He'll have to settle for Hawaii.

    The San Diego Chargers free safety has been selected to the Pro Bowl at last, the NFL announced on Tuesday, one of three Chargers players named to the annual All-Star game.

    Tight end Antonio Gates and quarterback Philip Rivers were also selected.

    Wide receiver Vincent Jackson (first), running back Ryan Mathews (second) and center Nick Hardwick (third) are alternates.

    Weddle, in his fifth year, joins the Pro Bowl club after signing a five-year, $40-million contract in July. Weddle leads the league with seven intereptions and has allowed a 29.3 quarterback rating, best among all defensive backs.

    “Hopefully there’s many more to come," Weddle said in a team release, "but I’ll definitely take wins over this any day of the week.”

    This is Gates' eighth consecutive Pro Bowl nod. He broke Hall of Fame wide receiver Charlie Joiner's all-time franchise record for most career receptions in Saturday's loss to the Detroit Lions, tallying his record-breaking 587th career reception on a fourth-down conversion.

    Rivers, amid some controversy, earned his fourth overall selection and third straight despite his worst statistical season. He leads the NFL with 19 interceptions and 24 turnovers.

    Mathews has rushed for a career-high 1091 yards with six touchdowns. Alternates Jackson and Hardwick haven't missed a game this season. Both are in the final year of their respective contract.

    The voting process equally weighs fan, coach and player ballots.

    Saturday's loss eliminated the team from playoff contention, so its players won't be participating in this year's Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

    For at least a few, Honolulu will have to do.