Robert Griffin III didn’t have to wait long. Lorenzo Alexander did. Both players were named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster Wednesday night along with tackle Trent Williams. And Williams’ inclusion represents quite a change in his fate from a year ago at this time.
Griffin has completed 66.4 percent of his passes for 3,100 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions. He’s also rushed for 752 yards and six touchdowns. Griffin is one of two rookies to make the roster, joining kicker Blair Walsh of Minnesota.
“He’s changed the game in a lot of ways,” Redskins tight end Chris Cooley said of Griffin.
Alexander, who entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2006 and joined the Redskins’ practice squad a year later. It’s his first Pro Bowl berth. Alexander said he’s better than a year ago when he led the Redskins in special teams tackles. He tops the list again this season; the Redskins credit him with 29 special teams tackles.
“Obviously I put a lot of effort into it and the last couple years I had a shot at it,” Alexander said. “A lot of excitement and I guess a worry off my back now. My wife really wanted to go. She’s pushing me, ‘Are you going? Are you going? Get people to vote.’ So it’s an exciting moment for me and my family to achieve this.”
Alexander thanked coaches, teammates and even former teammates such as James Thrash, Rock Cartwright and Khary Campbell for helping him become a top special teams player.
“Obviously I had the skill and talent, but I was blessed by God with talent,” Alexander said. “I was fortunate I came across good people to now where I find myself in a situation where I can be considered one of the best to have done it this season.”
The Hawaii trip comes at a good time: Alexander is an unrestricted free agent after the season.
“Having a winning season and being voted to this will definitely help me get a better deal,” Alexander said. “Ultimately I want to be here. … We’ll see what happens. Right now it’s all about Dallas and the right now.”
As for Williams, a year ago he was sitting out a four-game drug suspension at season’s end. He’s also played hurt for much of the second half of this season with a deep thigh bruise in his left leg. Williams said recently that two years ago the injury would have landed him on injured reserve. He also was voted as a team captain and said he’s worked hard to overcome 2011’s finish.
“It shows how much I’ve grown and learned,” Williams said. “A lot of people make mistakes and keep making them just know that I’ve grown from it and become a better person and ultimately a better player. It’s gratifying.”
Meanwhile, rookie running back Alfred Morris and veteran linebacker London Fletcher were named as alternates. They can only play in the game if others drop out or can’t play. Fletcher ended up playing in the game the past two seasons as an alternate.
Morris was beaten out by Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson (1,898 yards rushing), Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch (1,490 yards) and San Francisco’s Frank Gore (1,146 yards). Morris has rushed for 1,413 yards (fourth in the NFL) and 10 touchdowns (third in the NFL).