At least one member of the Washington Redskins will be playing football in January, as tackle Trent Williams has been selected to the Pro Bowl for the second straight year. The NFL announced the Pro Bowl rosters Dec. 27.
"It's a blessing," the 25-year-old Williams said in a statement released by the team. "I'm definitely excited about it. … It means a lot. It lets me know my efforts didn't go unseen. I know my teammates see it and my teammates feed off of it, but I'm definitely proud to see that my peers around the NFL recognized that also."
Wide receiver Pierre Garçon, cornerback DeAngelo Hall, running back Alfred Morris and linebacker Brian Orakpo were selected as alternates.
Williams, the fourth overall pick in the 2010 draft, is the first Redskins offensive lineman to earn consecutive Pro Bowl selections since Chris Samuels (2005-08).
"Trent through the years has become a true professional," offensive line coach Chris Foerster said. "He continues to prepare and work hard every week. He takes on each game, his individual challenge. He's really developed his preparation every week."
Garcon leads the NFL in receptions with 107 and ranks ninth in yards with 1,290.
Wide receivers chosen included Antonio Brown, Steelers; Dez Bryant, Cowboys; Josh Gordon, Browns; A.J. Green, Bengals; Andre Johnson, Texans; Calvin Johnson, Lions; Brandon Marshall, Bears; and Demaryius Thomas, Broncos.
Morris is fifth in the league in rushing yards with 1,213 and sixth in yards per carry (4.7).
Pro Bowl running backs include Jamaal Charles, Chiefs; Matt Forte, Bears; Frank Gore, 49ers; Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks; LeSean McCoy, Eagles; and Adrian Peterson, Vikings.
Hall is tenth in the NFL with four interceptions, and Orakpo is tied for 14th with 10 sacks.
In an attempt to generate interest in the game, the 2014 Pro Bowl is ‘unconferenced' with players selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players.
The rosters for the two teams will be chosen during a ‘Pro Bowl Draft' Jan. 22. Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will serve as alumni team captains for their respective squads.
The Pro Bowl will be played Jan. 26, one week before Super Bowl XLVIII, and air on NBC at 7 p.m.