Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was selected to his first NFL Pro Bowl Wednesday night.
Jones, a former Alabama standout, earned one of the four receiver spots on the NFC roster after hauling in 76 receptions for 1,142 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He will be joined on the team by his quarterback Matt Ryan, who has thrown for 4,481 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2012.
The Falcons made a shocking gamble in the 2011 NFL Draft when they traded away five draft picks, including two first-round selections, to the Cleveland Browns to move up 21 spots in the first round to select the talented Crimson Tide receiver. Many of the talking heads and analysts criticized the move, but Jones and owner Thomas Dimitroff have had the last laugh.
Despite being plagued by injuries in his rookie campaign last year, Jones managed to rack up nearly 1,000 receiving yards and eight touchdowns playing opposite four-time Pro Bowler Roddy White.
The 23-year-old Foley, Ala. native will be amongst some elite company in the game that will be played January 27, 2013 in Hawaii. The other three receivers on the NFC roster includes the NFL's new record holder for single-season receiving yards in Calvin "Megatron" Johnson from the Detroit Lions. Johnson broke Hall of Famer Jerry Rice's record of 1,848 yards in a season last week in a loss to Jones' Falcons.
Also on the team as receivers is the Chicago Bears' Brandon Marshall and the New York Giants Victor Cruz.