The 2011 Pro Bowl rosters have been announced this evening by the NFL, and the January 30 game in Honolulu, Hawaii will have a local flavor. Two former USC Trojans and two former UCLA Bruins made the Pro Bowl, which will be played the Sunday before the Super Bowl. Both former Trojans are on defense for the NFC, while both former Bruins are on offense for the AFC.â†µ
Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars is the starting running back for the AFC, the second Pro Bowl of his career. In 14 games this season, Jones-Drew has 1,324 rushing yards and 317 receiving yards, averaging a career-high 117.2 yards from scrimmage per game this season. Drew's teammate, tight end Marcedes Lewis, has made his first Pro Bowl, backing up Antonio Gates of the Chargers. Lewis has caught 54 passes for 674 yards this season, with nine touchdowns. Jones-Drew and Lewis were teammates from 2003-2005 at UCLA, and have been teammates in Jacksonville for five seasons.
Former Trojan Troy Polamalu, of the Pittsburgh Steelers, is the starting strong safety for the NFC, his sixth Pro Bowl in eight NFL seasons. Polamalu has six sacks, one interception, and 48 tackles this season. Another former Trojan, Clay Matthews, of the Green Bay Packers, is starting at outside linebacker for the NFC. It is the second Pro Bowl in as many seasons for Matthews, who has 12½ sacks and one interception this season.â†µ