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Penn State Football: Bowman and Hali Accept Pro Bowl Invites

by on December 27, 2015 1:00 PM
University Park, PA

NaVorro Bowman of the San Francisco 49ers and Tamba Hali of the Kansas City Chiefs were selected to the 2016 Pro Bowl.

The appearance is the third of Bowman’s career (2013, 2014) and the fifth consecutive for Hali. Allen Robinson is the first alternate for the wide receivers. The Pro Bowl will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, on January 31, 2016.

 Bowman came back strong after missing the entire 2014 season with a knee injury. He leads the team and is tied for first in the NFL with 136 tackles. He also has 2.0 sacks and two passes defended.

Bowman is in his sixth season with the 49ers after being drafted in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Hali has started all 14 games at linebacker for the Chiefs. He has 48 tackles, including 11 for loss, with 6.5 sacks, 18 quarterback pressures and two forced fumbles. He is in his 10th season with the Chiefs after being drafted in 2006.

A total of 25 Penn State football alumni are populating the active rosters of 18 National Football League teams. The Nittany Lions annually are among the top 20 programs nationally in producing players in the NFL. Each week throughout the year, will provide updates on the exploits of these former Nittany Lion greats.

Leading the way for the Nittany Lions in week 15 was Bowman, who recorded eight tackles against the Bengals. Gerald Hodges had a season-high 10 tackles, including nine solo against the Bengals. The Nittany Lions have three of the top seven tacklers in the NFL this season, led by Bowman with 136 tackles.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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