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Vincent Jackson Joins NFC Pro Bowl As Replacement for Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson had one of the best seasons that a wide receiver will ever have in 2012, nearly cracking the 2,000 yard mark. But what makes it even more amazing is that he was doing it while injured, meaning an injured Calvin Johnson is capable of a near 2,000 yard season.

What that also means, is that the man they call Megatron will not be attending this year’s Pro Bowl and Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson has been chosen as his replacement. Jackson joins Gerald McCoy as member of the Buccaneers to make this year’s Pro Bowl roster.

In his career, this marks the third time Jackson will be heading to the Pro Bowl and the first time since Keenan McCardell in 2003 that a Buccaneers wide receiver has made the team.

With the announcement that Jackson has been named to the team, it will mark the first time since 2008 that the Buccaneers have sent more than one player to the Pro Bowl. That season the Buccaneers sent four players to the Pro Bowl including kick return Clifton Smith, cornerback Ronde Barber, right tackle Davin Joseph and linebacker Derrick Brooks.

There’s still hope that the Buccaneers could be sending a third member to the Pro Bowl, as players who play in the Super Bowl are not allowed to play in the Pro Bowl. Should the San Francisco 49ers make the Super Bowl, Frank Gore will have to be replaced on the roster and many believe Doug Martin is the guy in line to do that.

If that happens, it would be the first time since Warrick Dunn in 1997 that a Buccaneers rookie headed to Hawaii.

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