The Los Angeles Rams surged to the top of the NFC this season, and their hard paid off with five players earning a spot on the Pro Bowl team. Defensive lineman Aaron Donald and running back Todd Gurley are joined by special teamers Pharoh Cooper, Greg Zuerlein, and Johnny Hekker.
Donald went into his fourth season on the sidelines holding out for a better contract. When he returned to the lineup, he proved once again that he is one of the most dominant defensive players in the NFL. Donald enters Week 16 with 11 sacks, 30 tackles and four forced fumbles. He will make his fourth consecutive appearance in the Pro Bowl.
Gurley returned to form after a disappointing 2016 season. Through 14 games, Gurley has rushed for 1,187 yards and a league-leading 13 touchdowns. He currently ranks second in the NFL with 1,817 total yards. Gurley will play in his second Pro Bowl.
Hekker established himself as one of the league’s best punters early in his career. He’ll make his fourth Pro Bowl appearance after averaging 47.6 yards per punt.
Zuerlein fought through some rough points in his career to become the league’s best kicker in 2017. He’s made 38 of 40 field goal attempts with a long of 56 yards in 2017. Zuerlein currently leads the NFL in scoring with 158 points scored.
Pharoh Cooper earned his first Pro Bowl berth after emerging as the NFL’s top return man. Cooper leads the NFL with 1,235 return yards, including 845 on kickoff returns.
Pro Bowl Alternates
The NFL named quarterback Jared Goff, left tackle Andrew Whitworth and cornerback Trumaine Johnson as alternates. Goff, in particular, will likely play with Pro Bowl starter Carson Wentz out with an injury.