Rivers, Weddle Named to NFL Pro Bowl

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and safety Eric Weddle were selected to the National Football League’s Pro Bowl on Friday.

It is the fifth time Rivers will be going to the league all-star game in Hawaii and the second for Weddle.

Five other Chargers were named as alternates: Antonio Gates, Nick Hardwick, Ryan Mathews, Mike Scifres and Le’ron McClain.

“Philip and Eric are both deserving representatives of our organization, as are several other players,” said Head Coach Mike McCoy. “Their play speaks for itself, and they are both great leaders and great teammates.  I’m very proud they will be representing the Chargers at the Pro Bowl.”

Rivers leads the league in completion percentage (69.7 percent), is fifth in passer rating (105.5) and has thrown 29 touchdowns. Weddle recorded 102 tackles and is tied for the team lead in interceptions with two.

This season, the Pro Bowl teams won’t be decided by conference. Instead, NFL legends Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will draft teams in a TV special on Jan. 22. That means Rivers and Weddle could be placed on different teams.

“Well first of all I hope I get to play with him, that would be awesome,” Weddle said.  “I’d love to wreck shop together. But if not it would be fun too to go against him. Whoever picks us will get great players, that’s for sure.”

The Chargers finish the regular season Sunday at home against the Kansas City Chiefs. If they win and both Baltimore and Miami lose, they will make the playoffs.

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