Cardinals’ Campbell, Peterson, Bethel named to Pro Bowl
Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell on Tuesday was selected to his first Pro Bowl, one of three Cardinals who were voted into the game.
Patrick Peterson was selected for the fourth consecutive year, the last three as a cornerback. Justin Bethel was selected as a special teams player for the second straight season.
The annual Pro Bowl is Jan. 25, a week before the Super Bowl, at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Cornerback Antonio Cromartie and receiver Larry Fitzgerald were chosen as alternates.
Campbell has seven sacks, despite missing two games because of a knee injury. He became the first defensive lineman in franchise history with at least six sacks in six different seasons.
Peterson joins Hall of Famer Ollie Matson as the only players in team history to be selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first four NFL seasons. He joins Hall of Famers Jim Brown, Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith as the only players in NFL history to be chosen to four Pro Bowls before their 25th birthday
Bethel leads the team with 18 special teams tackles this season, the third straight year he has led the Cardinals in that category.
The AFC West champion Denver Broncos led the NFL with nine players selected for the Pro Bowl on Tuesday.
Quarterback Peyton Manning was picked for the 14th time. Joining Manning from the Broncos will be Ryan Clady, Chris Harris, Von Miller, Aqib Talib, Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, T.J. Ward and DeMarcus Ware. Denver also led the league with five defensive players selected.
The NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys were second with six selections for the Jan. 25 game in Glendale, Arizona, site of the Super Bowl.
Tony Romo will be going for the fourth time. Dez Bryant, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, DeMarco Murray and Tyron Smith were also honored.
Dallas led the NFL with six offensive players chosen.
Other notable players selected included Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks New England’s Tom Brady (10th selection), Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (fourth), and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger (third).
Roethlisberger’s teammate, wide receiver Antonio Brown, was picked for the third time. Other receivers include Detroit’s Calvin Johnson and Atlanta’s Julio Jones.
And joining Brady from the AFC East champion Patriots are cornerback Darrelle Revis, tight end Rob Gronkowski, special teamer Matthew Slater and kicker Stephen Gostkowski.
Among the players earning first selections are wide receivers T.Y. Hilton of the Colts and Jordy Nelson of the Packers; Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell; and Eagles special teams star Darren Sproles.
Patrick Peterson, Calais Campbell and Justin Bethel will represent the Cardinals in the Pro Bowl. (USA Today Sports)