Locals in the NFL: Utes' Gay named to 1st Pro Bowl roster, 8th for Aggies' Wagner

Los Angeles Rams kicker Matt Gay (1) kicks a field goal against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Seattle. (Scott Eklund, Associated Press)



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AROUND THE SHIELD — Former Utah Valley men's soccer star and Utah Utes placekicker Matt Gay is headed to his first career Pro Bowl.

Only seven more to catch fellow NFL local Bobby Wagner, who received his eighth consecutive nod with the Seahawks when the NFL announced the Pro Bowl rosters Wednesday night.

In this third NFL season, Gay has converted 28 of 29 field-goal attempts, including a long of 55 yards, for a 96.6% field-goal percentage, the highest in the NFL through Week 15 of the season. He's also 40 of 41 on extra points, and his 53 touchbacks on kickoffs are tied for the sixth-most in the league.

Not bad for the former Orem High standout who was scoring goals for the Wolverines before a transfer to Utah to kick field goals changed his life forever.

For Wagner, who leads the NFL in tackles with 158, the honor matches Russell Wilson and Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy for the second-most Pro Bowl selections in Seahawks franchise history — one behind Seattle's all-time record set by Hall of Fame left tackle Walter Jones.

The former Utah State linebacker has recorded more than 100 tackles in each of his 10 NFL seasons, and he's just 10 tackles away this year from breaking the Seahawks' season record of 167, which he set in 2016.

Tom Brady set an NFL record when he was selected to his 15th Pro Bowl honor Monday as the league began slowly announcing the AFC and NFC rosters for the annual postseason all-star game that will be played Feb. 6 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

Green Bay's Aaron Rodger and Arizona's Kyler Murray were also selected as NFC quarterbacks named to the Pro Bowl roster.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Ravens signal caller Lamar Jackson and Chargers QB Justin Herbert will represent the AFC opposite Brady and Co.

Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner reacts after a play against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Seattle.
Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner reacts after a play against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Seattle. (Photo: Elaine Thompson, Associated Press)

Here's the Pro Bowl roster for both the NFC and AFC:

AFC roster

Offense (21)

  • Justin Herbert, QB, LA Chargers
  • Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens
  • Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Keenan Allen, WR, LA Chargers
  • Ja'Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Stefan Diggs, WR, Buffalo Bills
  • Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns
  • Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts
  • Patrick Ricard, FB, Baltimore Ravens
  • Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens
  • Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Orlando Brown, OT, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Dion Dawkins, OT, Buffalo Bills
  • Rashawn Slater, OT, LA Chargers
  • Joel Bitonio, OG, Cleveland Browns
  • Quenton Nelson, OG, Indianapolis Colts
  • Wyatt Teller, OG, Cleveland Browns
  • Ryan Kelly, OC, Indianapolis Colts
  • Corey Linsley, OC, LA Chargers

Defense (18)

  • Max Crossby, DE, Las Vegas Raiders
  • Myles Garrett, DE, Cleveland
  • Trey Hendrickson, DE, Cincinnati
  • DeForest Buckner, DT, Indianpolis
  • Cameron Heyward, DT, Pittsburgh
  • Chris Jones, DT, Kansas City
  • Joey Bosa, OLB, LA Chargers
  • Matthew Judos, OLB, New England Patriots
  • T.J. Watt, OLB, Pittsburgh
  • Darius Leonard, ILB, Indianapolis
  • Denzel Perryman, ILB, Las Vegas
  • Xavien Howard, CB, Miami Dolphins
  • J.C. Jackson, CB, New England
  • Kenny Moore, CB, Indianapolis
  • Denzel Ward, CB, Cleveland
  • Kevin Byard, FS, Tennessee Titans
  • Derwin James, SS, LA Chargers
  • Tyrann Mathieu, SS, Kansas City

Specialists (5)

  • AJ Cole, P, Las Vegas
  • Justin Tucker, PK, Baltimore
  • Luke Rhodes, LS, Indianapolis
  • Devin Duvernay, KR, Baltimore
  • Matthew Slater, ST, New England

NFC roster

Offense (21)

  • Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals
  • Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
  • Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay
  • Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
  • Cooper Kupp, WR, LA Rams
  • Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco
  • Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
  • James Conner, RB, Arizona
  • Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota
  • Kyle Juszczyk, FB, San Francisco 49ers
  • George Kittle, TE, San Francisco
  • Kyle Pitts, TE, Atlanta Falcons
  • Tyron Smith, OT, Dallas Cowboys
  • Trent Williams, OT, San Francisco
  • Tristan Wirfs, OT, Tampa Bay
  • Ali Marpet, OG, Tampa Bay
  • Zack Martin, OG, Dallas
  • Brandon Scherff, OG, Washington Football Team
  • Ryan Jensen, OC, Tampa Bay
  • Jason Kelce, OC, Philadelphia Eagles

Defense (18)

  • Nick Bosa, DE, San Francisco
  • Brian Burns, DE, Carolina Panthers
  • Cameron Jordan, DE, New Orleans Saints
  • Aaron Donald, DT, LA Rams
  • Jonathan Allen, DT, Washington
  • Kenny Clark, DT, Green Bay
  • Chandler Jones, OLB, Arizona
  • Robert Quinn, OLB, Chicago
  • Shaquil Barrett, OLB, Tampa Bay
  • Micah Parsons, ILB, Dallas
  • Bobby Wagner, MLB, Seattle Seahawks
  • Trevon Diggs, CB, Dallas
  • Jalen Ramsey, CB, LA Rams
  • Darius Slay, CB, Philadelphia
  • Marshon Lattiimore, CB, New Orleans
  • Quandre Diggs, FS, Seattle
  • Budda Baker, SS, Arizona
  • Harrison Smith, SS, Minnesota

Special teams (5)

  • Josh Harris, LS, Atlanta
  • Bryan Anger, P, Dallas
  • Matt Gay, PK, LA Rams
  • Jake Grants, KR, Chicago Bears
  • J.T. Gray, ST, New Orleans

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