Former Alabama star, Falcons receiver Julio Jones named to first - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Former Alabama star, Falcons receiver Julio Jones named to first NFL Pro Bowl

Posted: Updated:
Julio Jones shown with Atlanta Falcons owner Thomas Dimitroff after the 2011 NFL Draft. Jones was named to the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl Wednesday night. (AP Photo) Julio Jones shown with Atlanta Falcons owner Thomas Dimitroff after the 2011 NFL Draft. Jones was named to the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl Wednesday night. (AP Photo)

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was selected to his first NFL Pro Bowl Wednesday night.

Jones, a former Alabama standout, earned one of the four receiver spots on the NFC roster after hauling in 76 receptions for 1,142 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He will be joined on the team by his quarterback Matt Ryan, who has thrown for 4,481 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2012.

The Falcons made a shocking gamble in the 2011 NFL Draft when they traded away five draft picks, including two first-round selections, to the Cleveland Browns to move up 21 spots in the first round to select the talented Crimson Tide receiver. Many of the talking heads and analysts criticized the move, but Jones and owner Thomas Dimitroff have had the last laugh.

Despite being plagued by injuries in his rookie campaign last year, Jones managed to rack up nearly 1,000 receiving yards and eight touchdowns playing opposite four-time Pro Bowler Roddy White.

The 23-year-old Foley, Ala. native will be amongst some elite company in the game that will be played January 27, 2013 in Hawaii. The other three receivers on the NFC roster includes the NFL's new record holder for single-season receiving yards in Calvin "Megatron" Johnson from the Detroit Lions. Johnson broke Hall of Famer Jerry Rice's record of 1,848 yards in a season last week in a loss to Jones' Falcons.

Also on the team as receivers is the Chicago Bears' Brandon Marshall and the New York Giants Victor Cruz.

Click here to check out the complete rosters for both the NFC and AFC on NFL.com

 

 

  • Auburn University SportsMore>>

  • Auburn QB Nick Marshall pays $1,100 in fines for marijuana possession, window tint violations in Georgia

    Auburn QB Nick Marshall pays $1,100 in fines for marijuana possession, window tint violations in Georgia

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:33:03 GMT
    Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has paid the fines for possession of a small amount of marijuana and a window tint violation.More >>
    Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has paid the fines for possession of a small amount of marijuana and a window tint violation.
    More >>
  • CB Chris Westry commits to Auburn

    CB Chris Westry commits to Auburn

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:22:20 GMT
    Auburn added some size to the future of it's defensive backfield.Cornerback Chris Westry of Oakleaf High School in Florida committed to be part of the Tigers recruiting class of 2015. The 6-foot-4, 180 pound Westry is a three-star prospect according to 247Sports.Oakleaf High School announced the commitment on it's twitter page,2015 DB Chris Westry has committed to Auburn #WarEagle --Oakleaf Football ?, July 24 Westry is the 18th commitment for Auburn's 2015 signing class.More >>
    Auburn added some size to the future of it's defensive backfield.Cornerback Chris Westry of Oakleaf High School in Florida committed to be part of the Tigers recruiting class of 2015. The 6-foot-4, 180 pound Westry is a three-star prospect according to 247Sports.Oakleaf High School announced the commitment on it's twitter page,2015 DB Chris Westry has committed to Auburn #WarEagle --Oakleaf Football ?, July 24 Westry is the 18th commitment for Auburn's 2015 signing class.More >>
  • Josh Donaldson nominated for MLB Heart and Hustle Award

    Josh Donaldson nominated for MLB Heart and Hustle Award

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:37:43 GMT
    Josh Donaldson earned the Oakland A's Heart and Hustle Award. It's the second consecutive season Donaldson was chosen for the honor.More >>
    Josh Donaldson earned the Oakland A's Heart and Hustle Award. It's the second consecutive season Donaldson was chosen for the honor.More >>
  • All other Local CollegesMore>>

  • Samford picked to finish third in Southern Conference

    Samford picked to finish third in Southern Conference

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-07-24 00:38:39 GMT
    Coming off it's first trip to the FCS Playoffs, Samford was picked to finish third in the Southern Conference, the highest the program has even been picked in the preseason since it joined the league in 2008.More >>
    Coming off it's first trip to the FCS Playoffs, Samford was picked to finish third in the Southern Conference, the highest the program has even been picked in the preseason since it joined the league in 2008.More >>
  • Alabama State, Southern favorites in SWAC

    Alabama State, Southern favorites in SWAC

    Friday, July 18 2014 5:11 PM EDT2014-07-18 21:11:55 GMT
    Defending Southwestern Athletic Conference champion Southern and Alabama State are the favorites to win their divisions.More >>
    Defending Southwestern Athletic Conference champion Southern and Alabama State are the favorites to win their divisions.
    More >>
  • JSU football picked by media to win OVC championship

    JSU football picked by media to win OVC championship

    Friday, July 18 2014 4:08 PM EDT2014-07-18 20:08:13 GMT
    Jacksonville State is picked to win the Ohio Valley Conference championship by media covering the league.More >>
    Jacksonville State is picked to win the Ohio Valley Conference championship by media covering the league.
    More >>