Lions’ Tate, Stafford added to Pro Bowl roster
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Golden Tate have been added to the Pro Bowl roster as replacements for other players.
This will be the first Pro Bowl appearance for both of them. It’s also the first time a Detroit quarterback has been selected since Greg Landry in 1971.
Stafford didn’t get picked three years ago when he passed for more than 5,000 yards, but he gets the nod now despite a less productive season statistically.
Stafford passed for 4,257 yards and 22 touchdowns, with 12 interceptions, in an 11-5 season that resulted in a playoff bid.
Tate, meanwhile, set career highs with 99 receptions and 1,331 receiving yards in his first season in Detroit after being signed as an unrestricted free agent last March.
They join safety Glover Quin as the Lions’ representatives for next Sunday’s game in Glendale, Ariz.
Receiver Calvin Johnson and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh also were named to the team, but they have chosen not to play because of injuries.
Of the five Lions selected, three play offense, two play defense, even though it was the defense that carried the team all season long.
Linebacker DeAndre Levy, who was voted as an alternate like Stafford and Tate, hasn’t been added to the roster to this point.