2013 Pro Bowl

Pro Bowl Roster 2013: Injured Calvin Johnson Replaced by Vincent Jackson

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 23: Wide receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs with a pass against the St. Louis Rams December 23, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2013

Calvin Johnson had one of the best seasons a receiver has ever put together in NFL history, but he will not be on display in the Pro Bowl due to an injury.

Instead, Vincent Jackson will take his place on the roster, according to the official Twitter account of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Great news: Vincent Jackson has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster! He's replacing Calvin Johnson, who is unable to play due to injury.

— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) January 15, 2013

 

Johnson broke Jerry Rice's record for most receiving yards in a season, finishing with 1,964. Rice had 1,848 in 1995.

The Detroit Lions receiver also led the league in catches with 122, and receptions over 20 yards with 40—11 more than the next highest on the list. It was the third straight season that he has been named to the Pro Bowl team and second year that he was listed as first-team All Pro.

While Jackson was unable to match this type of production, he still had an impressive year himself. He finished fifth in the NFL with 1,384 receiving yards and a league-high 19.2 yards per catch.

The former San Diego Charger also added eight touchdowns in the first season with his new team. During the offseason, the veteran signed a five-year contract with the Buccaneers for $55 million.

This will be the third Pro Bowl selection for Jackson after representing the AFC in 2009 and 2011. In each of those seasons, the receiver had nine touchdowns and over 1,100 receiving yards.

He will join Brandon Marshall, Julio Jones and Victor Cruz on the NFC Pro Bowl team. All four put together great years, but there are still notable absences that include Dez Bryant, Roddy White and possibly James Jones. 

Still, this is quite an achievement for Jackson as he continues his impressive NFL career.

 

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