PRO BOWL: Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh named to the Pro Bowl

Posted Dec 27, 2013

Reggie Bush, Nick Fairley and Matthew Stafford named alternates

Barry Sanders and Herman MooreBarry Sanders and Herman Moore at the 1998 Pro Bowl. (Photo: AP Images)

Calvin Johnson and Ndamukong Suh are Pro Bowl bound once again, the NFL has announced.

Running back Reggie Bush, quarterback Matthew Stafford and defensive Nick Fairley have been named alternates and could earn a trip to Hawaii if players ahead of them can't play because of injury or advance to the Super Bowl.

This marks Johnson's fourth consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl as he is now the first Lions receiver since Herman Moore (1995-98) to be named to the Pro Bowl four times.

He was the leading vote-getter of any receiver in the league in the fan voting and No. 5 overall.

Johnson is often compared to Hall of Famer Barry Sanders around these parts, but he now shares the distinction of being the first Lions offensive player to earn four-straight Pro Bowl selections since Sanders (1990-99).

Johnson currently ranks second in the NFL in receiving yards (1,492), second in receiving yards per game (106.6) and is tied for second in receiving touchdowns (12).

His 5,137 receiving yards since the beginning of the 2011 season are the most in NFL history over a three-year span.

Suh earns his third trip to the Pro Bowl in his first four seasons in the NFL. He the first Lions defensive tackle to be selected three times since Jerry Ball (1990-92).

With 5.5 sacks heading into Sunday's regular season finale in Minnesota, Suh currently ranks second in career sacks by Lions defensive tackles with 27.5.

Bush currently ranks eighth in the NFL in total yards from scrimmage with 1,447 (974 rushing and 473 receiving).

Stafford needs just 67 passing yards in Minnesota to reach 4,500 for a third consecutive season. His 28 touchdowns ranks sixth in the NFL.

"It would be awesome," Stafford said Friday of potentially getting a chance to be the first Pro Bowl quarterback for the Lions since Greg Landry in 1971.

"Obviously, anytime you get voted by the fans and still by the players and coaches it would be cool. I'm not holding my breath. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't then it is what it is."

Fairley has come on strong the second half of the season and has 31 tackles, 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble, a safety, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown with one more game to play.

For the first time in the Pro Bowl's history, players were selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players.

The 2014 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 and televised live on NBC at 7 p.m. ET from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.