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Four Cal Bears make Pro Bowl, third-most of any college football program
Cal continues its excellence in the pros.
Four former California Golden Bears made the 2022 NFL Pro Bowl. That ties Florida State for the third most of any college football program, trailing only Ohio State (six) and Oklahoma (five).
It’s been awhile since we’ve seen them in Berkeley though. None of them have played football at Cal for over a decade.
Don’t you feel old now.
Here’s a quick look at the Bears that were excellent on the professional field yet again.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen
Allen is currently sixth in the NFL with 96 receptions, 60 of them going for first downs (also sixth!), and 13th in the NFL with 1042 receiving yards. It’s Allen’s fifth straight Pro Bowl with the Chargers.
Dallas Cowboys punter Bryan Anger
THE SMASH MAN IS BACK.
After bouncing around the league for a few seasons with the Tampa Bay Bucs (2016-18) and the Houston Texans (2019-20), Anger made his first Pro Bowl at the age of 33, booming an average 48.4 yards per punt, fifth in the NFL.
New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan
Just another steady year of work from the NFL All-Pro, as Jordan makes his seventh Pro Bowl and his fifth in a row. Jordan has so far racked up 43 tackles, six sacks, four pass deflections and two forced fumbles.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers
Sigh. Guess we have to talk about him.
38 years young, Rodgers refuses to lose a step. He’s still first in passer rating among regular quarterbacks, throwing a staggering 33 touchdowns to only four interceptions as the Packers are on the verge of another NFC North title and potential Super Bowl run. This will be his tenth Pro Bowl, and Rodgers is expected to contend for his second straight NFL MVP.
Still, his season hasn’t come without controversy. Rodgers has had a tumultuous year off-the-field, obscuring his decision about his vaccination status and proudly bolstering conspiracy theories on the Internet about COVID mandates. There is no denying the immense disappointment a generation of Cal has to fans feel about Rodgers’s public proclamations that are gravely divorced from the reality of the pandemic we are still trying to navigate.