Dec. 30, 2009
BERKELEY - Former Cal football players DeSean Jackson (2005-07), Nnamdi Asomugha (1999-2002) and Aaron Rodgers (2003-04) have been named to 2010 Pro Bowl rosters announced Wednesday. Jackson (Philadelphia Eagles) is a starter at wide receiver for the NFC and will also return kicks. Asomugha (Oakland Raiders) is a starter at cornerback for the AFC. Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) is listed along with Brett Favre (Minnesota Vikings) as a backup to starting NFC quarterback Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints).
The game will take place at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, marking the first time in 30 years the contest has been played on the mainland after having taken place annually since 1980 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. This year's Pro Bowl will be played prior to Super Bowl XLIV, which will also take place at Dolphin Stadium a week later on Sunday, Feb. 7, marking the first time the game has ever been played before the Super Bowl and the second time the two contests have been played at the same venue in the same year. The game will return to Hawaii in 2011 and 2012.
In 14 games of action during his second NFL season in 2009, Jackson has 60 receptions for 1,120 receiving yards (No. 4 NFC, No. 10-T NFL), an NFC-leading 18.7 yards per catch average (No. 3-T NFL) and nine touchdowns grabs (No. 4-T NFC, No. 7-T NFL) for an 11-4 Philadelphia Eagles' team that has clinched a playoff spot and leads the NFC East with one game remaining. He has also been the team's primary punt returner, bringing back 27 punts for 432 yards (No. 1 NFC, No. 2 NFL) and an average of 16.0 yards per return that is the highest of all NFL players that have returned more than two punts. Jackson has returned a pair of punts for touchdowns and is the only NFL player to have returned a punt for a touchdown more than once in 2009. In addition, he has carried the ball 10 times for 131 yards and a score.
Asomugha was selected to the Pro Bowl for the third time in seven seasons with the Oakland Raiders. He has played in all 15 games in 2009, contributing 34 tackles, an interception and four passes.
Rodgers is having the best season of his five-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers, who have clinched a NFC wildcard spot with a current record of 10-5. Rodgers has played in all 15 of the team's games in 2009 and completed 329-of-515 passes for 4,199 yards (No. 2 NFC, No. 5 NFL) and 29 touchdowns (No. 2-T NFC, No. 3-T NFL) with only seven interceptions for a passer rating of 102.4 (No. 3 NFC, No. 4 NFL).