Jan. 28, 2012
HONOLULU, Hawaii - Former Cal football players Andre Carter, Tony Gonzalez, Marshawn Lynch and Aaron Rodgers are on rosters for the 2012 Pro Bowl to be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Sunday, Jan. 29 (4 p.m. PT). The game will be televised live by NBC and can also be watched online at NBCSports.com.
Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers was voted by coaches, fans and players as the NFC's starting quarterback. Gonzalez (Atlanta Falcons) and Lynch (Seattle Seahawks) are reserves, while Carter (New England Patriots) will not play after suffering a season-ending injury against Denver in Week 15 of the regular season. His team is also headed to Super Bowl XLVI against the New York Giants on Sunday, Feb. 5.
Rodgers picked up his second Pro Bowl selection by completing 343-of-502 passes for 4,643 yards, with 45 touchdown throws and only six interceptions for a 122.5 quarterback rating during the 2011 NFL regular season 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 was selected for the Pro Bowl for the 12th time in his 15 NFL seasons after starting 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 to earn his first Pro Bowl selection, 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 his Week 15 injury.
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.
For more information on the stadium and season-ticket options for 2012, visit CaliforniaMemorialStadium.com.