Marshawn Lynch Joins Pro Bowl to Make Seahawks Count Five

Josh SteinContributor IIIJanuary 25, 2012

Pro Bowler Marshawn Lynch became well-known after this "groundbraking" run against the Saints.
Pro Bowler Marshawn Lynch became well-known after this "groundbraking" run against the Saints.Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

After Frank Gore backed out of the Pro Bowl with a left leg injury, a spot was cleared for another NFC West running back, Marshawn Lynch

Seen eating Skittles after big plays, Lynch is known for his explosiveness from the line of scrimmage and his ability to bulldoze through helpless defenders, which was seen in the playoff game against the Saints last year in which his run clinched the win.

But this year, Lynch, often referred to as Beast Mode, truly made his presence known by finishing No. 7 in rushing yards and tied for No. 2 in touchdowns among running backs with 12.

Lynch may be the most well-known Seahawk making the trip to Hawaii, but there are several other players on the Seahawks who were rewarded for their fantastic play this year.

Lynch will be set up alongside his partner in crime, fullback Michael Robinson, in the NFC Pro Bowl backfield, as the six-year veteran will be the only offensive starter on the team who's a member of the Seahawks.

Robinson will be making his first trip to Aloha Stadium in his career after helping Lynch break 1,000 yards.

Lynch also joins second-year safety Earl Thomas, who was considered one of the best at over-the-top help. 

Since joining the Seahawks as a first round pick in the 2010-2011 season, this Texas longhorn alum has been regarded as one of the most physically gifted safeties and, more importantly, mentally gifted, reading quarterbacks and receiver routes to perfection.

Thomas will be accompanied by fellow Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor, who was all over the place, forcing three fumbles and intercepting four balls. 

His ferocious play cemented this safety core as one of the best in the NFL

They both were perfect compliments for each other and led the Seahawks to the No. 6 best defense in passing touch downs allowed, and fourth best in interceptions.

The Seattle secondary gained tremendous respect this season and was rewarded as another starter was added to the Pro Bowl squad. 

Brandon Browner, the fifth member of the Seahawks to be a part of the NFC Pro Bowl team, may be the most deserving of the honors as he played with intensity that can be seen in the statistics.

Browner led the league in pass deflections with 23, tied for No. 4 with six interceptions, and ran back two of them, which was tied for the most. 

Browner and Richard Sherman both came in as rookies this year and had to come in when veteran Marcus Trufant, among others, caught the injury bug. 

Browner, Sherman, Chancellor and Thomas made up the youngest secondary in the NFL with six total years of experience.  Yet, this is also the only squad to have three secondary Pro Bowlers.

With Lynch joining the NFC Pro Bowl team, Seattle now has five members, which is great progress for a young team that missed the playoffs.

For all the teams that left this season without a playoff appearance, the Seahawks are tied for the most active Pro Bowl players, as San Diego has five. 

The Bears do have six members, but Matt Forte and Brian Urlacher are inactive. 

The Seahawks may be young and rebuilding, but if these five Pro Bowl players are any indication, this team is on the rise and poised to do big things.