Gore replaces Jackson on NFC Pro Bowl team

Running back Frank Gore has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl team, it was announced today. He replaces Rams running back Steven Jackson, who withdrew from the game due to a back injury that forced him out of a late-season game.

It is Gore’s second Pro Bowl appearance. He was also chosen after the 2006 season, in which he set a franchise record with 1,695 rushing yards. But this one has added significance for Gore. This year, the all-star game takes place in Gore’s hometown of Miami on Jan. 31, a week before the Super Bowl is played on the same field.


“It’s amazing. It’s the first time that I will get to play in Miami since I left,” said Gore in a statement released through the team. “Last year, I couldn’t play because I was injured and now God blessed me to play this year. To be in the Pro Bowl, it means a lot. I felt that missing some games this season, and to still be able to make a special game like this is a great opportunity. All I can say is that it’s a blessing.”


Gore rushed for 1,120 yards this season and a career-best 10 rushing touchdowns despite missing nearly three full games with ankle injuries. Gore also caught 52 passes for 406 yards and three touchdowns. He was chosen as the NFC’s first alternate.


Gore becomes the fourth 49ers player to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl, joining teammates Patrick Willis, Vernon Davis and Andy Lee.


If the Minnesota Vikings win the NFC Championship game Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, the 49ers will have a fifth Pro Bowl player. Justin Smith, a second alternate at interior defensive line, would take a spot on the roster. Vikings defensive lineman Kevin Williams was chosen to the Pro Bowl team, and Vikings defensive tackle Pat Williams is a first alternate.


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