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Janikowski finally makes it to Pro Bowl

For the past 11 years, Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski needed a plane ticket and a game ticket if he wanted any part of the Pro Bowl. Not anymore.
Janikowski was one of three Raiders selected to the Pro Bowl, the league announced Tuesday afternoon. Punter Shane Lechler and defensive tackle Richardy Seymour were the two others.
“What a proud day for the Raiders,” coach Hue Jackson said in a team press release. “We’ve got three guys who exemplify exactly what we’re trying to become on this football team – Shane Lechler, Sebastian Janikowski and Richard Seymour. “We’re excited for them. Those guys will go over to Hawaii and represent us well.”
They might have company, too. Strong safety Tyvon Branch, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, running back Darren McFadden and fullback Marcel Reece were named as alternates for the game that will be played Jan. 29, in Honolulu.
It’s quite commonplace for numerous players selected to bow out of the game, for one reason or other — injury, lack of interest, still in the playoffs, etc.
This is old hat for Lechler, who was selected for the seventh time in his 12 seasons. Hence, it isn’t surprising to hear that he is just as excited for close friend Janikowski, who has been bypassed before.
“[The selection is] just as exciting as the first time. As soon as I found out … I called (my wife) and told her, and she was
excited,” Lechler said. “I’m excited, and it never gets old because whenever you get voted in by your
peers, that’s the ultimate accomplishment.
“I’m so excited for [Janikowski]. It’s been so overdue for him, probably the best kicker in the league for at least the last five-six years and he’s hitting the ball so good this year. It’s going to be fun just to be able to be out there with him and his wife Laurie and kind of get away from the NFL life and go play an All-Star game.”
Seymour also was selected for the seventh time. He, too, seemed just as excited about the prospect of Janikowski being selected.
“It’s definitely a wonderful honor and I’m happy to go with my teammates who made it,” Seymour said. “I’m definitely
super excited for SeaBass. It’s been a long time coming for him; very deserving. I give my teammates and my coaches a lot of credit, they put me in the right position to make plays. I couldn’t be the player that I am without Tommy Kelly and the guys beside me. So, those guys are definitely deserving, as well, and their time is coming soon.”
Janikowski tied an NFL record with a 63-yard field goal in the regular-season opener. Later, he set a Raiders record with six field goals in one game.
One could make a case that Janikowski is having a career year. Even so, he has had other seasons when he merited a spot in the Pro Bowl,
“It feels great,” Janikowski said. “It took me awhile. I mean, only 12 years, but it feels great and it’s a great honor. I’m
happy to be there. I’m looking forward to it. I can’t do it without Jon Condo and Shane Lechler and the offensive line. They protected and did a great job and that’s what it takes.”

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  • DeuceDeuce

    DEATHROW 55 Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 11:59 am
    I see a lot of future pro bowlers on our team curry, chekwa,Houston , romac, branch, dmac,Moore, veldheer, Reece, wisniewski, Ford, Palmer …….

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    doubtful, doubtful, maybe, doubtful, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes,yes, maybe, maybe.

  • DeuceDeuce

    bcz24 Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 12:03 pm
    RaiderRockstar Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 11:59 am
    1st game back from a foot injury, you can bet Hue Jackson will run AT LEAST one reverse with Jacoby Ford.
    ************************
    You guys like to hate on Hue about them reverses… but they are pretty damn effective, I would argue we score on a higher percentage of them than any other team in the league.

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    The playaction reverse won us the KC game.

  • RaiderRockstar

    You guys like to hate on Hue about them reverses… but they are pretty damn effective, I would argue we score on a higher percentage of them than any other team in the league.

    ***

    BCZ gotta point!

    Hue found a use for gator arms Murphy :)

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post kiddies!

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    Carson Palmer is my guy, but he needs to start thinking MORE and just tossing it up for grabs LESS.

    ******************************

    Its true, that guy throws some WTF passes.

  • ElkGRaider

    I dont see this new post…

  • GoodOle00

    403. Nearly fell down.

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    THE RAIDER PREDICTION BOARD

    Dedicated to the legacy of Al Davis
    Protected by the rally squirrel and Coliseum rodents

    2011 Raider Games

    First: Ghostraider (exact score) Raiders 23 Broncos 20
    Second: Sullivan44 Buffalo 38 Raiders 35
    Third: Pretty Rick Raiders 34 Jets 24
    Fourth: Sullivan44 Patriots 31 Raiders 14
    Fifth: Fingers Raiders 24 Browns 17
    Sixth: Zymurge Chiefs 28 Raiders 0 (WTF)
    Honorable Mention: LA for PAIN
    Seventh: Noone…at all. Broncos 38 Raiders 24
    Eighth: La Milicia Negra (exact score (sadly))
    Ninth: TheToozFan55 (exact score) Raiders 24 Bolts 17
    Tenth: TRIPLE TIE (Exact score) Raiders 27 Vikings 20
    R8eray + Just Fire Baby + The Big Banana
    Eleventh: Beware of Raiders Raiders 25 Bears 20
    Twelfth: Autopalm77 Dolphins 34 Raiders 14
    Thirteenth: Sullivan44 Packers 43 Raiders 16
    Fourteenth: Raiderdav Detriot 28 Raiders 27
    Fifteenth: GG Raiders 16 Kansas City 13

    downsouthraider Raiders 27 Powder Blue Punks 10
    GG Raiders 33 Chargers 30
    ghostraiders Oakland 31 San Diego 23
    qodrn Oakland 30 San Diego 27
    r8dercain raiders 30 chargers 20
    RaiderRockstar Raiders 30 Chargers 17
    SilverNBlackPA Raiders 27 Chargers 23
    Steve Cockran Oakland 41 San Diego 14

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    I’m Proud of My Raiders!

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  • qodrn1

    THE RAIDER PREDICTION BOARD

    Dedicated to the legacy of Al Davis
    Protected by the rally squirrel and Coliseum rodents

    2011 Raider Games

    First: Ghostraider (exact score) Raiders 23 Broncos 20
    Second: Sullivan44 Buffalo 38 Raiders 35
    Third: Pretty Rick Raiders 34 Jets 24
    Fourth: Sullivan44 Patriots 31 Raiders 14
    Fifth: Fingers Raiders 24 Browns 17
    Sixth: Zymurge Chiefs 28 Raiders 0 (WTF)
    Honorable Mention: LA for PAIN
    Seventh: Noone…at all. Broncos 38 Raiders 24
    Eighth: La Milicia Negra (exact score (sadly))
    Ninth: TheToozFan55 (exact score) Raiders 24 Bolts 17
    Tenth: TRIPLE TIE (Exact score) Raiders 27 Vikings 20
    R8eray + Just Fire Baby + The Big Banana
    Eleventh: Beware of Raiders Raiders 25 Bears 20
    Twelfth: Autopalm77 Dolphins 34 Raiders 14
    Thirteenth: Sullivan44 Packers 43 Raiders 16
    Fourteenth: Raiderdav Detriot 28 Raiders 27
    Fifteenth: GG Raiders 16 Kansas City 13

    860Todd Christensen Raiders 27……..Dischargers 13 tia
    downsouthraider Raiders 27 Powder Blue Punks 10
    GG Raiders 33 Chargers 30
    ghostraiders Oakland 31 San Diego 23
    qodrn Oakland 30 San Diego 27
    r8dercain raiders 30 chargers 20
    RaiderRockstar Raiders 30 Chargers 17
    SilverNBlackPA Raiders 27 Chargers 23
    Steve Cockran Oakland 41 San Diego 14

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