WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Den of Defensive Ends will be well represented at the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl.
Two former Purdue standouts at the position - Cliff Avril of the Seattle Seahawks and Ryan Kerrigan of the Washington Redskins - have been selected to play in the game Jan. 29 at Camping World Stadium, formerly the Orlando Citrus Bowl.
Avril, who played at Purdue from 2004 to 2007, was picked for his first Pro Bowl. He currently ranks tied for second in the NFL with five forced fumbles and tied for third with 11.5 sacks (the most among linemen). He has recorded 38 tackles while starting all 14 games.
-- Seattle Seahawks (@seahawksPR) December 21, 2016
Kerrigan, a Boilermaker from 2007 to 2010, is tied for fifth with 11.0 sacks among 33 total tackles and has two forced fumbles while starting all 14 games at outside linebacker. He will make his second Pro Bowl appearance (also 2012).
-- Washington Redskins (@Redskins) December 21, 2016
Amazingly, quarterback Drew Brees (1997-2000) of the New Orleans Saints was not selected. He leads the NFL with 4,559 passing yards and 34 passing touchdowns. His 71.1 completion percentage ranks second.
-- New Orleans Saints (@Saints) December 21, 2016
This season's Pro Bowl will feature a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC game format following three years using a revised "unconferenced" format.
Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised by ESPN.