Former Gator Great Maurkice Pouncey (Lakeland, Fla.) was selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl roster, the NFL announced on Wednesday. Pouncey, who earned Pro Bowl accolades for a third-consecutive year, will earn his second-straight selection as the AFC’s starting center.
Pouncey continues a strong Gator legacy in the Pro Bowl as 20 Gators have earned 58 appearances in the 43 year history of the event. Since the inaugural Pro Bowl in 1970, a Gator has represented either the AFC or NFC in 36 of the 43 years. Since the 1990 season, UF has seen a player don a Pro Bowl jersey in all but three seasons.
“It is awesome,” said Pouncey. “This time is going to be a little more stressful because I finally get to go to it. The first time we were in the Super Bowl (XLV) and last year I didn’t get to go because of offseason surgery. It means a lot to take my family to Hawaii and spend some vacation time and then get the chance to play in the game with so many great players.”
Pouncey, who became the first Gator in history to win the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s best center in 2009, was the first Gator to make the roster as a center, while joining former Gator legend and seven-time Pro Bowler Lomas Brown as the only two UF offensive linemen to be selected to the game.
Pouncey has started 14-of-15 games this season, including one at left guard, and has quickly become the leader on a youthful offensive line. In 2010, he was the first Steelers rookie offensive lineman to make the Pro Bowl since offensive tackle Frank Varrichione in 1956 and the first Steelers rookie since linebacker Kendrell Bell in 2002.
The 2013 Pro Bowl will take place on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.