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December 29, 2009

Panthers' Peppers, WIlliams selected to Pro Bowl, but Beason left off team

     Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers and running back DeAngelo Williams were the team’s lone selections to the Pro Bowl.

   Peppers was chosen for the fifth time and will start for the NFC, while Williams was selected for the first time as a reserve.

   Pro Bowl rosters were announced Tuesday night. The game is scheduled to be played Jan. 31 at Pro Player Stadium near Miami.

   Peppers has 10½ sacks and five forced fumbles heading into Sunday’s season finale against New Orleans. He earned a $1.5 million roster bonus by making the Pro Bowl, raising his compensation to the season to nearly $18.2 million, believed to be the highest of any defensive player.

   Williams made the Pro Bowl despite missing 11 quarters of action in December due to ankle injuries. He ranks ninth in the NFL with 1,117 yards rushing.

   “I’m pleased and happy to be selected,” Williams said in a statement released by the Panthers. “I really did not know what to expect and it would not have been possible without a lot of help, including (from) our offensive line, (fullback) Brad Hoover and wide receivers who block downfield, and my (position) coach, Jim Skipper.”

   Williams was left out of the Pro Bowl last season when he rushed for 1,515 yards.

   He is joined on the NFC team at the position by Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson and St. Louis’ Steven Jackson.

   Starting at defensive end alongside Peppers is Minnesota’s Jared Allen.

   Panthers’ middle linebacker Jon Beason has had a Pro Bowl-caliber season but was left off the team, losing out to San Francisco’s Patrick Willis and New Orleans’ Jonathan Vilma.

   Beason, who was selected last  year, is unofficially listed on NFL.com as being tied for second in the NFL in tackles with 134, trailing only Willis’ 147. Vilma is 16th with 110 stops.

   However, if, as expected, Beason is chosen as an alternate, he still could play in the Pro Bowl if Vilma and the Saints reach the Super Bowl.

   The Pro Bowl previously has been played in Hawaii the week after the Super Bowl and included players from the teams who played in the title game.  This year, however, the Pro Bowl is being held at the site of the Super Bowl, one week before the championship game.

   Thus, players participating in the Super Bowl won’t be in the Pro Bowl, creating openings for alternates.

   -- Charles Chandler


Posted by Observer Sports on December 29, 2009 at 07:55 PM | Permalink


Vilma doesn't deserve to carry Beasons jockstrap let alone beat him to the pro bowl..

Posted by: capfolly | Dec 29, 2009 8:29:03 PM

agreed! Benson deserves to be on the Team

Posted by: hunterdawg | Dec 29, 2009 8:44:22 PM

lets get Matt Lienart

Posted by: Telling Like It Is | Dec 29, 2009 9:01:57 PM

lets get Matt Lienart

Posted by: Telling Like It Is | Dec 29, 2009 9:02:19 PM

lets get Matt Lienart

Posted by: Telling Like It Is | Dec 29, 2009 9:02:20 PM

lets get Matt Lienart

Posted by: Telling Like It Is | Dec 29, 2009 9:02:20 PM

lets get Matt Lienart

Posted by: Telling Like It Is | Dec 29, 2009 9:02:20 PM

Is it true that Jake is married to Jerry Richardson's daughter. Was that her sitting in the box beside him Sunday. She is a real hottie. Jerry grow some balls and cut Joke Dalehomme Bojangle Richardson. Is this why Mark and Jon left you?

Posted by: kevin | Dec 29, 2009 9:03:39 PM

Get a life Kevin !!

Posted by: nasty704 | Dec 29, 2009 9:09:58 PM

Beason is INDEED a Pro-bowler...

He rocks the Carolina D...

Posted by: Jennifer | Dec 29, 2009 9:29:56 PM

Such a shame on Beason. He deserved to go.

Posted by: Elizabeth | Dec 29, 2009 10:00:12 PM

I love Beason but he doesn't deserve to go. If Thomas Davis stayed healthy, he would. He was easily our best defensive player this season before he got hurt.

Posted by: 704Champ | Dec 29, 2009 10:08:50 PM


Posted by: birdman760 | Dec 29, 2009 10:31:08 PM

beason deserves to go and elizabeth you have to realize that julius peppers is our best then its beason then davis

Posted by: jordan | Dec 29, 2009 10:40:31 PM

SUCKS FOR BEASON! He missed out on another opportunity to judge and compare Poopers with Allen! LOL I'm sure he will have his twatter line open with Poopers though.

This, and he still took at least a month off this season! And this is the guy they want to keep around?? Someone who went out of their way to ruin the franchise in the offseason and admittedly does not want to be part of the team (and he made that known repeatedly, btw)! The fact that he is the highest paid player in NFL history (earning more than any QB and more than the absurd contract Haynesworth got from the Skins) is just insult to injury!

If an agreement is not reached, will teams still be able to utilize the unrestricted FA status and franchise tags? If so, they need to tag the creep again and TRADE HIM!!!

Posted by: SYRPIS | Dec 29, 2009 11:00:11 PM

BTW, Michael Johnson, strong safety of the NY Giants (#20), hopefully has some remorse for that hit on Smith. I am sure he did not set out to break his arm, but he definitely wanted to hurt him bad. I wonder if the slamming Johnson bothered to contact Smith since...

BTW, is Steve Smith left or right handed?

Posted by: SYRPIS | Dec 29, 2009 11:14:24 PM

Congrats JP...You earned it!!

Posted by: know_truth | Dec 29, 2009 11:23:43 PM

SYRPIS - Steve Smith is right handed.

Posted by: CatsNmbr1Fan | Dec 29, 2009 11:29:12 PM

Kevin - is like a pimple on your back... you can't pop it, or get rid of it.. you just ignore it / him..

Posted by: CatsNmbr1Fan | Dec 29, 2009 11:31:21 PM

What a load Beason has had a better season than Vilma. Harris should have gotten some love too. Both have been better than Peppers.

Posted by: Ellrod | Dec 29, 2009 11:36:33 PM

go dr Pepper

Posted by: BEWAREtheCOBRA | Dec 29, 2009 11:46:35 PM

Total crap that Beason didn't get the nod. Too bad "telling it like it is" guy wasn't putting his hand jerking tendencies to good use, by doing the online Pro Bowl voting.

I think a bigger "snub" is Chris Harris. I haven't seen another safety in the league coming up making monster hits on the opposing teams backfield like I see with Harris week in and week out. It also doesn't hurt for arguments sake that the Panthers pass D is second best in the league.

Posted by: Rick | Dec 29, 2009 11:53:56 PM

Too bad Thomas Davis got hurt. He deserved a pro bowl spot more than anyone else on this team. D'will was robbed last year - glad to see him get a little respect this year.

Posted by: Mills51 | Dec 30, 2009 12:23:19 AM

Thanks #1, I was concerned that he wouldn't be able to still knock Delhoe out. LOL

Seriously though, I shouldn't joke around. It is a good thing that injury is not as bad as I thought it was. The Panthers will have an interesting offseason, to say the least. They will need to be able to have all their good talent that is locked in come back at 100% next season. That way, by blowing teams up next season, the will HOPEFULLY get the Obserover hacks to put a sock in it by mid-season.

Anway, Smith is tough as nails and I don't expect a clean break to keep him out that long.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Dec 30, 2009 1:28:55 AM

I am so glad that Scott Fowler said that he believes that Williams and Stewart are two of the top 10 backs in the league. I have been preaching this since the Vikings game. I honestly could not name 9 other RB's I would put in front of both Willams and Stewie.

It sucks Beast-on couldn't make the bowl, but hey, maybe it lights an even stronger fire under the boy next year (not that he needs it lol). I hope TDavis comes back playing lights out next year too.

Imagine if we could have Gross, Othah, Matt Moore, Steve Smith, D. Will and or J. Stew, Peppers, Beason, Davis, Harris, and hopefully another DB and DL in the probowl next year. Big dreams, I know, but I'm gonna keep my fingers crossed because that will most likely spell a very good season for this little franchise known as the CAROLINA PANTHERS.

Here's one for 2010!!!!

Posted by: Simon Says | Dec 30, 2009 2:33:13 AM

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