7 Falcons selected to the NFC Pro Bowl team

Falcons special teams player Eric Weems was selected to the Pro Bowl team along with six other players.

Falcons special teams player Eric Weems was selected to the Pro Bowl team along with six other players.

FLOWERY BRANCH – The league’s fans, players and coaches recognized the special season the Falcons are having by placing seven players on the NFC Pro Bowl team on Tuesday.

Quarterback Matt Ryan, wide receiver Roddy White, running back Michael Turner, tight end Tony Gonzalez, fullback Ovie Mughelli, defensive end John Abraham and specialist  Eric Weems were named to the team. The Falcons are 12-3 and have the best record in the NFC.

The players, while flattered by the honor, are hoping that they will not be available to play in the game, which is set for Jan. 30 in Hawaii.

The game will be played the week before Super Bowl XLV.  If the Falcons, who have clinched a playoff berth, reach the league’s grand game the players will be exempt from playing in the all-star game.

Matt Ryan stepping into a throw against Seattle. (Associated Press)

Matt Ryan stepping into a throw against Seattle. (Associated Press)

This is White’s third straight Pro Bowl selection.

Gonzalez has now made the Pro Bowl 11 times, but this is his first selection in the NFC.

For Abraham, who is second in the league in sacks with 13, this is his fourth Pro Bowl selection. He was passed over in 2008 despite sitting a franchise-record with 16.5 sacks.

Turner was selected in 2008.

Ryan, Mughelli and Weems were selected for the first time.

Weems, a former undrafted free agent from Bethune Cookman, leads the teams in special teams tackles with 16. He’s also the punt and kickoff returner. Chicago’s Devin Hester was selected as the returner and Weems as the specialist.

Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time.  (Bob Andres / bandres@ajc.com)

Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time. (Bob Andres / bandres@ajc.com)

White was Weems’ biggest supporter.

“He’s done a terrific job of just going down their and making plays,” White said. “(Against Tampa Bay) he made a real big play with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter to help us out. It was really the momentum changer in the game that gave us that spark that we needed to win down the stretch.”

Weems was named the NFC special teams player of the week after his franchise record 102 yard kickoff return against Tampa Bay on Dec. 5.

Ryan, who was named the rookie of the year in 2008, is having his best season. He’s completed 335 of 539 passes for 3,469 yards. He has 26 touchdowns, nine interceptions and a passer rating of 89.9.

White thinks Ryan should be a candidate for the league’s most valuable player award.

“He’s doing a good job of leading the team,” White said. “It’s a quarterback driven league so they usually win it. I think our guy should win it.”

Abraham was the lone player from the Falcons’ defense to make the team. Middle linebacker Curtis Lofton, who leads the team in tackles with 142, was beaten out by Chicago’s Brian Urlacher and San Francisco’s Patrick Willis.

Also, defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux was considered a strong candidate.  Detroit rookie Ndamukong Suh, Dallas’ Jay Ratliff and San Francisco’s Justin Smith were selected as the interior linemen.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter

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115 comments Add your comment

NikkFree

December 28th, 2010
7:08 pm

Congrats, guys!!! Keep up the good work and you WILL be in the Superbowl. Rise Up!

Unca' Bob

December 28th, 2010
7:09 pm

Enter your comments here

fsjr

December 28th, 2010
7:12 pm

Congratulations Falcons!!!

Mike L.

December 28th, 2010
7:13 pm

Congrats guys. Especially the first timers. Thrilled for Weems, being an undrafted player and all. Nice work. I wish Grimes had made the team. He’s earned it.

clay

December 28th, 2010
7:15 pm

great job guys. Every single one of them deserve’s it. I think Bryant our kicker should go and they should look at lofton and grimes as well

Unca' Bob

December 28th, 2010
7:16 pm

D-Led,

Great news to the Falcon faithful. The recognition given to our team comes somewhat as a surprise. A good one but, still a surprise, Very nice to see our team getting some props. Hopefully Grimetime will make it in the near future.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 28th, 2010
7:18 pm

7 is pretty strong.

woodie

December 28th, 2010
7:21 pm

Congrats on a great year fellas !

Chill Will

December 28th, 2010
7:23 pm

I think Grimes should have been selected also; he is by far the best DB on this team.

7 a record?

December 28th, 2010
7:26 pm

Hey D-Led, is 7 the most pro bowl selections for the Falcons ever?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 28th, 2010
7:28 pm

Seven was the most by any team in the league. The Patriots had six players.

Far_East

December 28th, 2010
7:32 pm

Congratulations to everyone. I think a number of other players should have been included; Babineaux, Grimes, Lofton, Dahl, Blalock to name a few. Anyway, I’m hoping that non of these pro-bowlers get to play in the Pro-Bowl; there’s an even bigger game to play at that time of the year. GO FALCONS!!!

da roosta

December 28th, 2010
7:39 pm

All of the skill players could not be what they are without the help of the offensive line. Too bad none of them got recognized for their effort. Actually, not choosing one of them sums up what they are about: producing results as a unit. This is a TEAM. Holding up the trophy is about playing together. Stay focused! 7 selections says a lot about how far this team has come. Great job!

Alex

December 28th, 2010
7:41 pm

This was predictable with the great work that these guys put this season. Great job!!!

jerseyfalcon

December 28th, 2010
7:41 pm

I guess leading the league in batted balls and also picking off five passes doesn’t count for anything….Brent Grimes should be on the starting roster!

Reid Adair

December 28th, 2010
7:43 pm

Congratulations to the seven guys who made it. It’s very disappointing to see that Brent Grimes was not included; he has certainly earned a spot.

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Falcon Fan

December 28th, 2010
7:46 pm

Great job Men! Now lets win home field and go to Super Bowl….

Asheville Dawg

December 28th, 2010
7:49 pm

Nice to be recognized by the league, by showing respect, to the fantastic year the Falcons have had.

Falcons Chic

December 28th, 2010
7:59 pm

NFL Network just listed Brent Grimes as his “top snub” in the Pro Bowl voting. The guys were all shaking their head when they discussed his vertical.

If you haven’t discovered Gregg Easterbrook TMQ on ESPN, he also anointed Grimes and Woodhead of the Pats as his unsung heroes.

Singletary

December 28th, 2010
8:04 pm

Babineaux was robbed. Not disparaging Abe and his ongoing leadership, but Babineaux has my vote for “Key to the Defense.”

Head-Mo-Fo

December 28th, 2010
8:10 pm

Congratulations to the seven that made the Pro Bowl.

Clearly our players have the respect of the league and are being honored for all of their hard work.

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SeenThisB4

December 28th, 2010
8:15 pm

Congrats to all the falcan’t pro bowlers! And they will all be in uniform for the kickoff of the Pro Bowl.

Brees, on the other hand, will be excused. (He’ll be attending to other league commitments.)

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

Open Minded

December 28th, 2010
8:16 pm

What about our big money guy Dunta Robinson ? Oh, he didn’t make it…… I still say the Texans knew something we didn’t.

Matt "Choke" Ryan

December 28th, 2010
8:16 pm

Alright, alright, he’s in the Pro Bowl. I’ll finally shut up and get laid.

RoadDAWG

December 28th, 2010
8:20 pm

Grimes is the man…Pro Bowl or not, he’s proven himself as a DB to be reckoned with. Not bad for a guy that we ALL thought was too small when he first showed up. You’ll get yours eventually BG…same with Babineaux and Lofton.

RISE UP!

ATL FAN

December 28th, 2010
8:24 pm

Wow, Lofton was cheated,he’s been great this year

big o

December 28th, 2010
8:29 pm

Congrats guy’s !!! A well deserving honor especially for our fullback

thunderbull56

December 28th, 2010
8:49 pm

Just a popularity contest.Just win Bayby! Clutch players we need an award for.

Joe Tess Fish House

December 28th, 2010
8:58 pm

How did Matt Ryan make the pro bowel? He thru 2 many ints and he looked awefull last night.

Sebastian

December 28th, 2010
9:13 pm

If the Pro Bowl wasn’t such a popularity contest and no politics involved, based on record and performance, Jonathan Babineaux deserved to join John Abraham as well as Curtis Lofton and Brent Grimes.

crabapplejoe

December 28th, 2010
9:16 pm

The ProBowl is a “meaningless beauty contest”….LOL

Big Toombs

December 28th, 2010
9:17 pm

Way to go Falcons!!!

Hit A Single

December 28th, 2010
9:22 pm

Pro Bowl – who cares? Just name an all NFL team. Nobody cares about the game.

Frozen Rope

December 28th, 2010
9:28 pm

Joe Tess Fish Breath,, how did Brees make the Pro BOWEL with all those pics he has,,, your a idiot….

Spell check for Frozen Rope

December 28th, 2010
9:40 pm

It’s “you’re” an idiot.

Next time you call some one an idiot, be careful not to appear as one yourself.

cheshire

December 28th, 2010
9:42 pm

Joe Tess, not much for spelling, are we?

SaintsS*CK!

December 28th, 2010
9:43 pm

seenthisbe4, your slapnuts may not make it out of the first round. You best start acting like the majority do down there in that ceste pool and start drinking now…heavily.

falconfan

December 28th, 2010
10:02 pm

Where is Matt Choke Ryan? Say congratulations to OUR PRO BOWL QB!!

falconfan

December 28th, 2010
10:03 pm

Joe,

He has 26 TD’s and 9 ints. Not 21 ints like Brees

Frozen Rope

December 28th, 2010
10:04 pm

Hey spell check,, byte me

Frozen Rope

December 28th, 2010
10:06 pm

Oh yeah,, Go Flacons

FalconsFan284

December 28th, 2010
10:42 pm

Spell Check—–Before you correct Frozen perhaps you should make sure you know someone is a singe word?

Congrats on all the Pro Bowl Selections!!!

December 28th, 2010
10:53 pm

I am glad the Phallic-ons got some Pro Bowl picks maybe you all will quit crying about getting attenton like two year olds. But in New Orleans we’ll keep our SUPER BOWLERS, anyway our guys won’t be able to attend the Pro Bowl this year, they’ll be playing in a more important game the following weekend. Me myself I think they should have name the Phallic-on team to the Pro Bowl ( like most of you morons think) because New Orleans showed you that you are not going anywhere in playoffs. Phallic-on = 1 and done in playoffs

Mc Clure and Turner should have made the Pro Bowl

December 28th, 2010
10:56 pm

Enter your comments here

Mc Clure and Turner should have made the Pro Bowl

December 28th, 2010
10:59 pm

They showed the real losers the Phallicons are last night. Can take the pressure!!! Matty was crying because he was like that witch in the Wizard of OZ ” I’m melting I’m melting”!!!

Falkin Phraud

December 28th, 2010
10:59 pm

Pro Bowl? Who cares? Agents & press-pimps, I guess. Speaking of which, this fake team can be pimped & pimped & pimped, but it’ll all be forgotten when they are 1 & done in the playoffs. The ajc and deluded fair-weather fans can’t win playoff games. When this sorry franchise starts winning super Bowls and sending players to the Hall of Fame, then you can crow. Until then, shove it up yore buzzard-beaks. And, keep that idiot and his pitiful mustache off the sideline. He doesn’t understand the fundamentals of football, and he just sounds & looks like a cretin when he tries to affect knowledge of same.

Explicit

December 28th, 2010
11:02 pm

D……can you let us know if the Falcons have any alternates or point us in the direction of a list of all of the alternates?

Hey SAINT S*CK!!!

December 28th, 2010
11:07 pm

Slapnuts???? Isn’t that what guys do to your chin??? By the way its cesspool moron!!! LOL