Even though this season hasn't gone the way many Eagles fans and analysts predicted, the Eagles still have had many a handful of players play at an elite level. Those players were rewarded tonight, as five Eagles were named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster:
The five Pro Bowlers for the Eagles are the second most of any NFC team, behind just the New Orleans Saints (7).
This is the third-straight Pro Bowl selection for both Brandon Brooks and Zach Ertz. Both have never attended the actual Pro Bowl though, so we will have to wait to see if either of them make their Pro Bowl debut next month.
For Jason Kelce this is also his third overall selection, as he has been playing like the best center in football this season. Kelce is the 13th player in Eagles history to make three Pro Bowls and two All-Pro teams, joining: Pete Pihos, Chuck Bednarik, Bob Brown, Bill Bradley, Bill Bergey, Charlie Johnson, Mike Quick, Keith Jackson, Reggie White, Brian Dawkins, LeSean McCoy, and Jason Peters. At the end of last season he mentioned how much injuries take a toll on his body (so much so that he has started to contemplate retirement), so it is doubtful that he actually goes to Orlando to play in the game.
Fletcher Cox's Pro bowl selection is his fifth-straight. He is just the sixth Eagles defender to be named to five Pro Bowls, joining: Troy Vincent, Eric Allen, Maxie Baughan, Brian Dawkins, and Chuck Bednarik.
The wildcard of these selections is Rick Lovato, who has been selected for the first time in his career. This is the third time in recent memory that an Eagles longsnapper has been selected to the Pro Bowl (Jon Dorenbos in 2009 and 2014). Lovato has been a fantastic snapper for the Birds since he joined the team at the end of 2016. He was recently rewarded with a contract extension for his excellent play, too.