Three Former Golden Bears Play in Pro Bowl
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  01/29/2012
Jan. 29, 2012
2012 Cal Football: Season-Ticket Info/Memorial Stadium

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Former Cal football players Tony Gonzalez, Marshawn Lynch and Aaron Rodgers all put up impressive numbers playing for the NFC in a 59-41 Pro Bowl loss to the AFC on Sunday at Aloha Stadium. Andre Carter was also selected to the AFC roster for the game but did not play due to injury and because his New England Patriots are preparing for Super Bowl XLVI against the New York Giants next Sunday.

Playing in his second Pro Bowl and starting the game for the first time, Rodgers gave the NFC an early 14-0 lead by completing two touchdown passes to Larry Fitzgerald on back-to-back offensive plays in a nine-second span early in the first quarter. The Green Bay quarterback found the Arizona receiver for a 10-yard score with 9:14 remaining to complete an eight-play, 51-yard drive. After a David Akers' onside kick was recovered by the NFC at the AFC 44-yard line, Rodgers and Fitzgerald hooked up for a 44-yard connection on the next play.

Rodgers finished the game 13-of-17 passing for 141 yards and the two touchdowns. A pair of his completions were to Gonzalez for a combined 20 yards and on his final throw of the game he even completed a pass to himself on a batted ball, for a loss of 15 yards.

Gonzalez had a game-high seven catches for 114 yards. The Atlanta tight end and 12-time Pro Bowl pick also added a tackle when he brought down Champ Bailey after he had forced and recovered a LeSean McCoy fumble.

In his first Pro Bowl, Lynch rushed for 43 yards on a game-high-tying and NFC-leading eight carries. One of the Seattle running back's runs was a 15-yarder that was the longest by an NFC player and the second-longest in the contest.

Both Gonzalez and Lynch came off the bench in the contest.

During the 2011 regular season, Rodgers picked completed 343-of-502 passes for 4,643 yards, with 45 touchdown throws and only six interceptions for a 122.5 quarterback rating to lead the Packers to a 15-1 record and a NFC North title. His passing yardage, touchdowns and quarterback rating were all career bests. Green Bay was eliminated by the eventual NFC champion New York Giants in the Divisional round of the NFL playoffs.

Gonzalez started all 16 regular-season games for the fifth consecutive campaign in 2011, registering 80 receptions for 875 yards and seven touchdowns. Atlanta qualified for the NFL playoffs but fell to the New York Giants in the Wild Card round. Gonzalez is the NFL's active career leader with 13,338 receiving yards to rank 11th all-time.

Lynch had the most productive season of his five-year NFL career in 2011, rushing for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns on 285 carries, all career highs.

Carter also earned his first Pro Bowl selection in his 11th NFL campaign and first in New England, totaling 52 tackles, 10.0 sacks, one pass defended and two forced fumbles. He was placed on injured reserve following a Week 15 injury against Denver.

Cal football will return to a renovated Memorial Stadium in 2012, opening its season at home against Nevada on Saturday, Sept. 1. The Bears' seven-game home slate will also feature Pac-12 contests against Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, Washington and UCLA, as well as a non-conference tilt against Southern Utah. The Bears have road trips to Ohio State, Oregon State, USC, Utah and Washington State.

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