Harbaugh: 49ers focused on winning, not Pro Bowl
Vernon Davis is a Pro Bowler for the second time. Frank Gore is going for the fifth time, while Joe Staley was picked for the third time. (AP)
Eight 49ers earned selection onto the NFL Pro Bowl team, the league announced Friday evening.
The players chosen to the team were:
RB Frank Gore: He needs just 47 yards to achieve 10,000 yards rushing for his career. Gore is a five-time Pro Bowl performer. He has 1,114 yards and nine touchdowns on 263 carries.
TE Vernon Davis: The team’s second-leading receiver was chosen for the second time in his eight-year career. Davis has 49 catches for 805 yards and 12 touchdowns.
LT Joe Staley: The 49ers’ most consistent offensive lineman (he happens to also play the most difficult position) has made the Pro Bowl in three consecutive seasons.
G Mike Iupati: He missed four games with a knee injury but the fourth-year pro still makes the Pro Bowl in back-to-back seasons.
DL Justin Smith: He was never been chosen to the Pro Bowl in his seven seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. He is a Pro Bowler for the fifth time in six years with the 49ers.
OLB Ahmad Brooks: He is tied with Aldon Smith for the team-lead with 8 ½ sacks, while also playing well against the run. This is his first trip to the Pro Bowl.
LB NaVorro Bowman: The 49ers’ leading tackler and author of “Pick Six to Close the ‘Stick” earns his second Pro Bowl appearance in two seasons.
LB Patrick Willis: He’s been in the NFL for seven seasons, and he has seven Pro Bowl appearances.
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Among the 49ers players snubbed:
--WR Anquan Boldin was chosen as an alternate. He leads the 49ers with 76 catches for 1,030 yards and six touchdowns.
--G Alex Boone was chosen as an alternate.
--SS Donte Whitner was chosen as an alternate. He made the Pro Bowl last season, and he’s having an even better year.
--ST C.J. Spillman is an alternate. He was the only 49ers player to lead the fans vote. Yet, the players and coaches did not choose him. This is a big-time snub. Spillman has been outstanding on special teams ever since coming to the 49ers in 2010.
--P Andy Lee, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, is an alternate. He is third in the NFL with a 48.6 average, and fourth with a net 41.9 average.
--FS Eric Reid, a rookie, was chosen as an alternate. He has four interceptions.
--OLB Aldon Smith has 8 ½ sacks despite missing five games while taking a voluntary leave of absence to seek treatment for substance abuse. He was not even listed on the ballot.
--K Phil Dawson has made 29 of 32 field-goal attempts, including 26 in a row.