Trio of former Nittany Lion standouts selected to 2014 Pro Bowl

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A trio of former Penn State standouts -- NaVorro Bowman, Tamba Hali and Cameron Wake -- have been named to the 2014 Pro Bowl. All three also were 2013 Pro Bowl selections.

An inside linebacker with the San Francisco 49ers, Bowman earns his second Pro Bowl berth. An outside linebacker with the Kansas City Chiefs, Hali was selected to his third consecutive Pro Bowl. A defensive end with the Miami Dolphins, Wake earns his third Pro Bowl berth in the past four seasons.

The Pro Bowl is Jan. 26 in Honolulu. For the first time, the game will not pit the AFC vs. NFC and a draft to determine the Pro Bowl teams will be held Jan. 22 and air on NFL Network.

In his fourth season with the 49ers, Bowman has been instrumental in helping San Francisco win the 2012 NFC Championship and post an 11-4 record this season, clinching a playoff berth, entering the final day of the regular season. Bowman’s 135 tackles (111 solo) rank sixth in the NFL. He has four sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, nine pass break-ups and returned an interception 89 yards for a touchdown in last Monday’s win over Atlanta. Bowman was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2011 and 2012. A second-team All-American for the Nittany Lions in 2009, the 49ers selected Bowman in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Hali has played a significant role in the Kansas City Chiefs owning an 11-4 record and also having clinched a playoff berth entering the final day of the regular season. Hali is eighth in the NFL with 11 sacks (minus-78.5 yards), has 46 tackles (39 solo), four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery for a touchdown, two pass break-ups and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown in the season opener vs. Jacksonville. He has been selected AFC Defensive Player of the Week twice this season. Selected a starter for the 2013 Pro Bowl, he has started all 124 games he has played with Kansas City since being selected in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Hali was a consensus first-year All-American at Penn State in 2005.

In his fifth season with Miami, Wake was selected a starter for the 2011 and 2013 Pro Bowls. He has started all 30 games he has played in the past two seasons. Wake has 8.5 sacks this season to help Miami to an 8-7 record and in the hunt for a playoff berth entering Sunday’s game with the New York Jets. Wake has 35 tackles (28 solo), forced two fumbles, one fumble recovery and recorded a safety on a sack in overtime against Cincinnati to give the Dolphins a 22-20 win Oct. 31. Wake is one of only two players in Dolphins’ history to earn a Pro Bowl berth at two different positions.

A total of 25 former Nittany Lions are with NFL teams. Penn State annually is among the top 15 schools nationally in producing current NFL players.

A total of 332 Nittany Lions have been selected all-time in the NFL Draft, including 36 in the first round. Thirty-three Penn State football student-athletes have been drafted since 2006, including 15 in the first three rounds.

Penn State has had at least one alumnus on a Super Bowl team in 42 of 47 title games, including last season when Bowman helped the San Francisco 49ers reach Super Bowl XLVII. Thirty-five former Nittany Lions have earned a total of 51 Super Bowl rings.

The Nittany Lions return 16 starters for the 2014 season (eight offense, seven defense, one specialist), which begins Aug. 30 vs. No. 15 UCF in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin. 

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Last Updated July 11, 2014