Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was announced as the replacement to Green Bay Packers signal-caller Aaron Rodgers at the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl on Wednesday. Carr was named to be an alternate for the end-of-season game set to be played at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
“First, I want to thank God for the opportunity to be able to go to Hawaii. Secondly, I want to thank my family, my friends, my teammates, my coaches and all of Raider Nation for their support.” Carr said to Raiders’ official website.
The quarterback from Wineville, California went on to thank everyone who voted for him including the opposing players and coaches.
Carr had an impressive second season for the Raiders. He threw for 3,987 yards and 32 touchdowns against 13 interceptions.
Rodgers’ reason to pull out of the all-star game is still unknown. However, reports suggest that his shoulder and leg injury may be the reason. The Packers’ quarterback has been named to five Pro Bowls previously. However, he has sat out of the previous three.
Despite Rodger’s injury last November, he was able to complete his second 16-game season in a row in which he threw 3,821 yards and 31 touchdowns against eight interceptions.
Recently, Pro Bowl has become tad meaningless since big names pull out of the match randomly. However, the 2016 version is set to be a rare exception.
Carr has slowly established himself as a future star at Raiders. He has formed good partnerships with wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper. A few good performances gave Raiders a slight chance of playoff contention.
Carr has become the fourth Raiders player to be selected for the 2016 Pro Bowl. Defensive end Khalil Mack, safety Charles Woodson and fullback Marcel Reece are the other three.
Wideout Cooper and running back Latavius Murray has also been named as alternates.
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