Stafford, Tate Named To Pro Bowl Squad

(ALLEN PARK, MI) – The National Football League announced today that Lions QB Matthew Stafford and WR Golden Tate have been named to the 2015 Pro Bowl and will replace Broncos QB Peyton Manning and Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin due to personal reasons, respectively.

Stafford is the first Lions quarterback to play in the Pro Bowl since QB Greg Landry in 1972. Stafford finished the 2014 regular season with 4,257 passing yards, the fifth-most single-season yards output in Lions history. He now holds four of the Lions’ top five spots on the all-time list for single-season passing yards, and his 363 completions in 2014 also rank fifth on the Lions’ all-time list for single-season pass completions.

Tate’s nomination marks the first time in Lions history that two wide receivers (WR Calvin Johnson) have been named to the game, and the first time since 1966 (DT Roger Brown, DT Alex Karras) that two players at the same position were named. Tate finished seventh in the NFL in receiving yards this season with 1,331 and sixth in receptions with 99, both of which are career-highs.

This year’s game also marks the first season that five Lions were named to the Pro Bowl since 2000 when LB Stephen Boyd, DT Luther Elliss, K Jason Hanson, DE Robert Porcher, and TE David Sloan all played in the game. WR Calvin Johnson, S Glover Quin, and DT Ndamukong Suh were also selected to the Pro Bowl this season.

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