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Janikowski finally makes it to Pro Bowl

By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 at 7:24 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • The Big Banana

    Darren “part time” McFadden trade in his pizza and liters of soda for gallons of milk and real food yet?

    We need part time in there for this week’s game. Make him pound a jug of milk before the game and hope for 2 quarters before pulling a hammy.

  • The Big Banana

    “He’s a Tebow clone without the leadership qualities.”

    Ouch!

  • Method To My Madness

    Inoneword….bet ya Hendu plays if we get in playoffs

  • http://ggeden.wordpress.com/ GG

    This is what I dislike. Someone like Pryor hasn’t even been given a chance yet to compete for the job, hasn’t had a training camp, has already got the playbook down, has a great work ethic, keeps fit, etc, and certain people who didn’t like Pryor in college will keep grinding that axe WITHOUT having seen him take a snap on the field or gotten feedback from scribes at training camp etc.

    We can’t write-off or predict failure for any draftee until they’re given a shot on the field. Save that for the Rolando McClains. Give Pryor a chance. Don’t believe or disbelieve in him. Turn the page on prior (pun intended) biases.

    Geez Louise.

  • R8ER MIKE

    seems like with a year on an NFL roster, he(Pryor) is allready ahead of the rest of the rookies coming out of college.

  • Raider-in-PA

    Would love to see a Raiders GM bring in Rich Gannon as a QB coach… Not sure if Rich was the greatest passer or runner, but seemed like one of the more sound decision makers.. kept a cool head under pressure.. Wouldnt be a bad thing to relay to ANY of the Raider QB prospects including Palmer!!

  • fingers

    Any news on ” Who’s ” practicing today?..

  • R8ER MIKE

    not writeing off Pryor, just would like to gat back in the first round of the draft.

  • inonewordraider

    Method To My Madness Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 10:40 am
    Inoneword….bet ya Hendu plays if we get in playoffs

    ______________________
    arguably the most important guy on D versus good running teams

  • Dakota

    I know we are depending on him to take it to the Broncos in a “revenge” game but this dude doesn’t look like the type to have that in him:

    http://www.thesportsbank.net/core/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/kyle_orton.jpg

  • inonewordraider

    Would love to see a Raiders GM bring in Rich Gannon as a QB coach… Not sure if Rich was the greatest passer or runner, but seemed like one of the more sound decision maker
    ______________
    don’t know how I feel about brining in a guy Al disliked

  • Silverandblack666

    “Pryor is a better runner than Cam, but is no where near the passer Cam was, IMO”

    Cam has a really good pocket presence he also has great footwork and a quick release. He looks confident when he drops back not scared and he stands tall throws a nice spiral looks like he has been doing it for years.

    It not often a QB comes into the NFL with those skill sets and that kind of confidence. To think that just because he is doing someone else can do it is just wrong.

  • http://ggeden.wordpress.com/ GG

    If we do get back into the first, we have to parlay that into either trading down for more picks and down again for more picks, then stock up on D players, or take a stud defensive player in the first round.

  • fingers

    I’m counting on the Chefs defense… Orton just need to ” not be Orton”…. Also, the donkeys are know to implode … Just look at 2008 and 09…they wiln games in bunches then turnaround and lose games in bunches

  • Raider-in-PA

    don’t know how I feel about brining in a guy Al disliked
    ————————
    why did Al dislike Gannon?? His best QB in the last 20 years…

  • GoodOle00

    RNS says Oakland broke Jackie Battle. Dambit! If KC can establish the run with Jones / McCluster Orton can pick Denver aprt, especially if vet S Brian Dawkins is out with his neck injury.

    KC playing to make interim HC Romeo Crennel permanent. Alot of players seem to want that.

  • Dakota

    WTF is Orton up to in this picture? Man, between Teblow, Quinn and Orton, those must have been some interesting QB meetings in Dungver.

    http://cdn.gunaxin.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Kyle-Orton-Blowjob-560×420.jpg

  • The Big Banana

    “they wiln games in bunches then turnaround and lose games in bunches”

    Sounds familiar…

  • GoodOle00

    315. Gannon whined and talked smack after he left Oakland. Used to go visit Chuckies Buccaneers to hand out tips and help.

    I can remember an article where Gannon whined about seeing his picture in the Bucs display case behind their Super bowl trophy. Buncha pics of him getting sacked and killed by the team hes there to help out.

    wth?!

  • fingers

    Yes… And Kc has gone into Donktown before and knocked the mules outta the playoffss ..
    We just need to take Care of our Raider Biz ..

  • Dakota

    Raider-in-PA Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 10:49 am
    don’t know how I feel about brining in a guy Al disliked
    ————————
    why did Al dislike Gannon?? His best QB in the last 20 years…

    +++++++++++++

    Did Gannon get too much credit like Gruden? Al didn’t like the fact that Gannon tried to put a stop to the tradition of the Raider teams getting drunk on the flight to away games?

    Too much accountability under Gannon?

    Oh well, Al is gone. Time to move on.

  • inonewordraider

    Raider-in-PA Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 10:49 am
    don’t know how I feel about brining in a guy Al disliked
    ————————
    why did Al dislike Gannon?? His best QB in the last 20 years…

    _______________________
    Al didn’t want to allow him in the stadium when doin a CBS broadcast, who knows what he said to cross him

  • fingers

    Going out for some Gumbo and Greens.. See ya all later….

  • The Big Banana

    So how much of a lead do we need to survive the Bresnahan 4th quarter collapse against a known 4th quarter team?

  • The Big Banana

    I’m going with 24 points. Offense has their work cut out for them.

  • Raider-in-PA

    Gannon whined and talked smack after he left Oakland. Used to go visit Chuckies Buccaneers to hand out tips and help.
    ——————————
    Didnt know that… I always thought he talked sh!t because he was disgusted (like we all were) that the Raiders were failing after he left… Sounds like he could get put in the same class with fat-a$$ Sapp…

  • GoodOle00

    Raider Nation-Station

    NOW!~ 12-28-11: DMC NOW OR NEVER?
    Will Hue risk him after all this time or gamble on making the play offs?
    http://​www.raidernationstation.com/​raider_war_room

    =====

    Save him?! I say if he can go you’ve gotta play him or at least make them plan for him. We’ll find out more wednesday

  • bcz24

    Sounds like he could get put in the same class with fat-a$$ Sapp…
    **************
    Nah, he isn’t even close to Sapp. He is positive on us when warranted, which hasn’t been the case for much of the time after he left. Sapp goes out of his way to sh1t on us at every opportunity, even his fake ass comments about Al after he passed were nothing more than a smoke screen.

  • Dakota

    I am all for honoring Al Davis, but that can be done by making the Raiders into a winning franchise once again. To do that, you have to ditch many of methods Al Davis used.

    The last thing the Raiders need to do is to keep things running as usual.

    Hire a GM and let him bring in a real D-coordinator, start exploring players’ backgrounds and work ethics before signing/drafting them, raise the budget for the HC position.

    Al did leave a roster with some talent, so maybe his way was coming around again….but it had not worked for about 30 years…..

  • Dakota

    Raider-in-PA Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 10:57 am
    Gannon whined and talked smack after he left Oakland. Used to go visit Chuckies Buccaneers to hand out tips and help.
    ——————————
    Didnt know that… I always thought he talked sh!t because he was disgusted (like we all were) that the Raiders were failing after he left… Sounds like he could get put in the same class with fat-a$$ Sapp…

    +++++++++++++

    Name one thing Gannon was wrong about the Raiders since he retire.

  • Dakota

    **retired**

  • GoodOle00

    321. Gannon get too much credit? He-llz no! Gannon WAS that team. GRUDEN got too much credit.

    Gannon was extremely smart and focused. He literlly told guys in the hiddle how to do their jobs.

    “This play means you go 10 yds, curl, You block down toward the A gap, TE stay in and block this time! Ready BREAK!”

    He’d ride the team to do their work and steal the pool balls from the table so they’d study instead.

    Thats one of the reasons why Callahna called Oakland the stupidest team in Pro sports.

    Gannon was the brain.

    Always felt bad for him. Carried that team. Got robbed and fans pretend like that era never existed because of the horrible way those campaigns ended in ultimate failure after being soooo dominant.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Keep McFadden and Ford on the sidelines and let them get ready for 2012.

    If we can’t win with Bush and Taiwan against the Dolts then we should be in the playoffs anyhow.

    ***

    co-signed Dakota’s post

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Fuk Gannon.

    And Fuk you Dakotex.

    Go Raiders!

  • Dakota

    Rockstar,

    If the Rams get the #1 pick and Gruden signs on with them as their HC, will you suddenly have a new second favorite NFL team?

  • GoodOle00

    330. Gannon regularly criticised the Raiders saying “They should blow the buidling up and start over.”

    He also ran afoul by talking smack about JaMarc-azz…

  • GoodOle00

    329. Yes, Davis’ way is antiquated. Thats why 12 teams threw for over 4,000 yds last year. The longball is dead! Riiight.

    Davis did put together a great team. This is the most talent laden roster I can remember in decades but A.D. Bresnahan started running the D his way with more blitzing and Zone and guess what? We’re getting killed on D.

    Now maybe its because this D is built for man, I don;t know, but those hating on the davis way finally got theirs and its been no better.

  • RAIDER MAYNE

    Would love to see a Raiders GM bring in Rich Gannon as a QB coach… Not sure if Rich was the greatest passer or runner, but seemed like one of the more sound decision maker
    ——————————
    Rich would be great ! He would teach all the Qb’s how to throw 5 INTS in the biggest game of their lives .He could show them how to suck big b@lls in the superbowl!

  • Dakota

    GoodOle00 Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 11:12 am
    329. Yes, Davis’ way is antiquated. Thats why 12 teams threw for over 4,000 yds last year. The longball is dead! Riiight.

    Davis did put together a great team. This is the most talent laden roster I can remember in decades but A.D. Bresnahan started running the D his way with more blitzing and Zone and guess what? We’re getting killed on D.

    Now maybe its because this D is built for man, I don;t know, but those hating on the davis way finally got theirs and its been no better.

    +++++++++++++

    Lol, oh, so an 8-8 or 9-7 season justifies the last 30 years?

    too funny.

  • Silverandblack666
  • inonewordraider

    CorkOnTheNFL Steve Corkran
    Jacoby Ford is practicing for the first time since he sprained foot against the Chargers on Nov. 10. He is running routes, catching passes.
    16 seconds ago

  • bcz24

    337.GoodOle00 Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 11:12 am
    329. Yes, Davis’ way is antiquated. Thats why 12 teams threw for over 4,000 yds last year. The longball is dead! Riiight.

    Davis did put together a great team. This is the most talent laden roster I can remember in decades but A.D. Bresnahan started running the D his way with more blitzing and Zone and guess what? We’re getting killed on D.

    Now maybe its because this D is built for man, I don;t know, but those hating on the davis way finally got theirs and its been no better.
    ***********************
    Al Davis was still alive when Buffalo went 5 for 5 on second half possesions and scored 35 points. This IS the defense AL built. They were trash when he was alive and trash after his death.

  • GoodOle00

    Raider Nation-Station

    BREAKING NEWS: WR/KR Jacoby A. Ford is practicing

  • DeuceDeuce

    Ford V12

  • inonewordraider

    CorkOnTheNFL Steve Corkran
    Darren McFadden is not practicing. He now has missed the past 66 days.
    32 seconds ago

  • DeuceDeuce

    We’ll have Ford & Huffy back. I doubt DMC tho..

  • DeuceDeuce

    Friday is the day to be looking for DMC..not today.

  • inonewordraider

    CorkOnTheNFL Steve Corkran
    Free safety Michael Huff makes good on his promise. He is practicing and likely will play Sunday. He has missed past two games.
    56 seconds ago

  • aig-raiders

    alex7 Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 10:30 am
    All those teams had a chance at Pryor and passed on him repeatedly for a reason. He’s not a good enough passer to be an NFL qb.
    ————

    Since when did the draft status become an indicator of whether you will be successful or not. Last that I checked Blaine Gabbert, Jamarcus, Alex Smith, Tim Couch, Jason Campbell looked like shcyttt for their draft positions. Tom Brady wasnt drafted until the 6th round. Joe Montana wasnt drafted until the 3rd round. Yeah, those teams that passed on Tom and Joe sure knew they couldnt play huh? Stupid assessment and you should stop that stupid assessment based on draft status.

  • GoodOle00

    FORD!!!!