The Arizona Cardinals have been no strangers to boasting Pro-Bowlers in recent seasons. They have had at least three players in it since the 2008 season.
The Arizona Cardinals will be represented by their trio of stars when the Pro Bowl rolls around on January 29.
It was announced on Tuesday that running back David Johnson, cornerback Patrick Peterson, and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will be the three Cardinals in attendance in the clash between the AFC and NFC’s best.
It’s really no surprise that these three got the nod due to the fact that they’ve been able to establish themselves as the Cardinals best players amid this disastrous season.
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In Johnson’s second year in the NFL, he’s fourth in the league in rushing yards behind Le’Veon Bell and Demarco Murray, with Ezekiel Elliot leading the prestigious pack. He’s tied with Elliot for second with 13 rushing touchdowns. New England’s LeGarrette Blound is in front with 15.
The 25-year old is sixth in football with 81.3 rushing yards per game. Johnson is sure to be a Pro Bowl-regular over the span of his promising career.
For Peterson, he’s enjoying another season of dominance as the heart of the Cardinals defense. In 14 games this year, the 26-year old already has 37 tackles, two more than last season’s total. His three interceptions are tied for the second-most in his career. His career-best came in 2012 when he picked off seven balls.
Larry Fitzgerald is still Larry Fitzgerald, despite turning 33 years old in August. He’s just 11 receptions away from breaking his career-high, which was 109 in ’15. He’s 51 yards away from reaching the 1,000-yard plateau, something he’s done seven times in his career.
Before the regular season began, Fitzgerald signed a one-year deal for $11 million that allowed him to stay in Arizona, but his future is unclear after this season. It is hard to imagine him signing with another team, but it’s also hard to see the Cardinals locking him up to a multi-year deal.
Although he isn’t contemplating retirement at this time, Fitzgerald’s career is nearing its end. If he does decide to come back next season, it seems set in stone that Fitz will put up Pro Bowl-numbers and remain the Cards’ best receiver.
It’s the tenth Pro Bowl nod that Fitz has received in his career, the sixth for Peterson, and the first for Johnson.
The three will look to help the Cardinals snap their two-game skid this week as they travel to play the Seattle Seahawks.