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Bucs rookie Martin headed to the Pro Bowl after 49ers win



You couldn't blame Doug Martin if he was rooting for the 49ers Sunday.

The Bucs rookie running back was added to the NFC Pro Bowl team, replacing 49ers running back Frank Gore following his team's 28-24 win over Atlanta in the NFC Championship game.

Martin becomes the third Bucs player to earn a spot on the NFC Pro Bowl team, joining defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and receiver Vincent Jackson, who was added last week to replace the Lions' Calvin Johnson.

Martin, the 31st overall pick by the Bucs, rushed for 1,454 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. He also had 472 receiving yards and an a touchdown. Martin's 1,454 rushing yards were the fifth-most in the NFL this season and his 11 rushing touchdowns were tied for the fifth-most in the league. Martin's 1,926 yards from scrimmage were the third-most in the NFL.

It's the fourth time in franchise history that Tampa Bay has sent a running back to the Pro Bowl joining Mike Alstott (1997-2002), Warrick Dunn (1997, 2000) and James Wilder (1984). It is also the first time the team has sent a rookie to the all-star game since 2008 (KR Clifton Smith).


[Last modified: Sunday, January 20, 2013 7:31pm]


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