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Tampa Bay Bucs' Vincent Jackson added to NFC Pro Bowl roster

Vincent Jackson

Vincent Jackson

The Bucs on Tuesday doubled their number of Pro Bowl selections.

Receiver Vincent Jackson was added to the NFC's roster, replacing injured Lions wideout Calvin Johnson.

It's the third Pro Bowl appearance for Jackson, who is coming off a season in which he set career highs in catches (72) and yards (1,384). Jackson made the Pro Bowl after the 2009 and 2011 seasons. His yardage was second-highest by a Bucs receiver, behind Mark Carrier's 1,422 in 1989.

"It's always humbling to be selected to the Pro Bowl, and I would not have been able to achieve this without the help of my coaches, teammates, and the Buccaneers staff," Jackson, who turned 30 Monday, said in a statement.

"With all of the hard work we put in during the offseason and regular season, for it to be recognized by not only the fans, but also your peers in the league, is simply an incredible honor. I truly appreciate the support and am thrilled to share this amazing experience with the entire Buccaneer Nation."

Jackson joins defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who is making his first Pro Bowl appearance.

Jackson helped the Bucs register historic numbers and had a major role in the success of quarterback Josh Freeman, running back Doug Martin and receiver Mike Williams. Jackson was one of seven receivers to surpass 200 yards in a game — 216 in Week 7 against the Saints.

The Bucs might have more Pro Bowl participants.

If the 49ers defeat the Falcons in Sunday's NFC Championship Game, running back Frank Gore would be unavailable for the Pro Bowl — which is Jan. 27, the week before the Super Bowl — making alternate Martin the next option.

This is the first year the Bucs have multiple Pro Bowl selections since 2008.

Tampa Bay Bucs' Vincent Jackson added to NFC Pro Bowl roster 01/15/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 7:47pm]
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