GREEN BAY, Wis. — There will now be at least one Green Bay Packers player represented in this year’s Pro Bowl, as running back Eddie Lacy was added to the roster. Lacy is replacing an injured Adrian Peterson.
When the initial Pro Bowl rosters were announced Dec. 27, no Packers made it. However, Lacy was the closest, being named a first alternate. On Wednesday, Lacy benefitted from being the top backup option, joining the NFL’s annual game that features the league’s elite players.
"I was extremely excited to hear that I am getting to go to the Pro Bowl after my rookie season," Lacy in a statement released by the Packers. "I feel like it gives me a great opportunity to thank my teammates, especially the offensive line, and coaches, for working with me and helping me accomplish what I did on the field this year."
Lacy, the 61st overall pick in the 2013 draft, set multiple franchise rookie records with 1,178 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns and 284 rushing attempts.
Lacy is the first Packers running back to be in the Pro Bowl since Ahman Green in 2004. He’s also the first Packers rookie running back to make it since John Brockington in 1971.
This honor comes one day after Lacy was named rookie of the year by the Pro Football Writers of America. It is highly likely that Lacy will collect the NFL’s rookie of the year award the night before the Super Bowl.