Three Pro Bowlers Highlight Former Rebels In The NFL

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Greg Hardy (photo by Kent Smith/Kent Smith Photography)
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Greg Hardy (photo by Kent Smith/Kent Smith Photography)
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Jan. 3, 2014

#NFLRebels on Twitter

OXFORD, Miss. – As the NFL Playoffs begin this weekend, here at OleMissSports.com we’re looking back at a 2013 season in which former Ole Miss Rebels made huge impacts, led by three players selected to the Pro Bowl.

San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis, Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy and Kansas City return specialist Dexter McCluster all made the Pro Bowl, which for the first time was not selected by conference. The first-ever Pro Bowl Draft will be televised on the NFL Network on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. CT.

Willis is making his seventh straight Pro Bowl appearance since his rookie season in 2007. Hardy and McCluster both made their first Pro Bowl.

The Rebels’ three Pro Bowl selections are tied with Tennessee for the most of any current SEC team.

Hardy was also voted to the Associated Press All-Pro second team as a defensive end, and McCluster was voted second team as a kick returner. It is the first All-Pro recognition for either player.

Former Rebels are primed to make big impacts on the NFL Playoffs. The following nine players are heading to the postseason with their teams: Rishaw Johnson (Kansas City), Kendrick Lewis (Kansas City), McCluster (Kansas City), Jerrell Powe (Kansas City), Cassius Vaughn (Indianapolis), BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Cincinnati), Willis (San Francisco), Brandon Bolden (New England) and Hardy (Carolina).

Overall, Ole Miss had 23 alums in the league during the 2013 season. Many former Rebels played key roles for their clubs, including 13 full-time starters and several others who made appearances in the starting lineup.

Full-time starters in 2013:
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB (Cincinnati)
Greg Hardy, DE (Carolina)
John Jerry, OG (Miami)
Peria Jerry, DE/DT (Atlanta)
Kendrick Lewis, FS (Kansas City)
Eli Manning, QB (New York Giants)
Trumaine McBride, CB (New York Giants)
Michael Oher, OT (Baltimore)
Ashlee Palmer, LB (Detroit)
Jamarca Sanford, SS (Minnesota)
Bradley Sowell, OT (Arizona)
Mike Wallace, WR (Miami)
Patrick Willis, LB (San Francisco)

Others who started at least one game in 2013:
Brandon Bolden, RB (New England)
Rishaw Johnson, OG (Kansas City)
Dexter McCluster, WR/PR (Kansas City)
Jermey Parnell, OT (Dallas)
Jerrell Powe, DT (Kansas City)
Chris Spencer, OG/C (Tennessee)
Cassius Vaughn, CB (Indianapolis)

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Sneak Peak

      Monday, August 18, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football 2014: Episode 1 Sneak Peak from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Wallace: 'It's My Offense'

      Monday, August 18, 2014 - Football

      The dean of Southeastern Conferences quarterbacks and the league's leading returner in total offense, passing yards and passing touchdowns, senior Bo Wallace is as healthy and confident as ever, and he's also assumed a more vocal leadership role on the... read more

    • VIDEO: We Are Ole Miss

      Saturday, August 16, 2014 - Athletics

      We Are Ole Miss from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.In case you missed it, "Forward Together: We Are Ole Miss" from earlier this year: Forward Together: We Are Ole Miss from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss Football: Fins Up (Part 2)

      Saturday, August 16, 2014 - Football

      In case you missed it, Fins Up (Part 1) from last year:... read more

    • Rebels Battle Injuries on Defense

      Friday, August 15, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze confirmed that junior cornerback Carlos Davis suffered a torn ACL and will likely have surgery Monday. Davis joins sophomore cornerback Tee Shepard and junior safety Chief Brown on the list of players expected to miss... read more

    • Recapping the SEC Network Launch

      Friday, August 15, 2014 - Athletics

      The launch of the SEC Network shows the growth and vision of the 14 schools in the conference. #OleMiss-- Coach Alex (@apsimms2) August 15, 2014 That was fun! And the @SECNetwork is only getting started. #SECStoried finished strong. Great... read more

    • Ole Miss and the SEC Network Launch

      Thursday, August 14, 2014 - Athletics

      Tonight is the night!! #SECNetworkLaunch pic.twitter.com/73UYs8B0Hg-- SEC Network (@SECNetwork) August 14, 2014 Historic day for SEC & #OleMiss as we celebrate the launch of the @SECNetwork at 5pm CST! Congrats to everyone who made it happen!-- Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) August... read more

    • Luke Breaks Down the Offensive Line

      Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - Football

      The center and right tackle position battles have been two of the biggest story lines of fall camp, but as the Rebels prepped for their second preseason scrimmage Wednesday night, they are closer to solidifying the depth chart along the... read more

    • Attitude, Effort are Front and Center in Process

      Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - Volleyball

      "Buy-in" is a common term thrown around by coaches. How will first-year Ole Miss head volleyball coach Steven McRoberts measure buy-in, as the team continues its preseason work for the upcoming season? Attitude and effort. "If we bring those two... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Soccer Day One

      Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - Soccer

      THE SEASON: Soccer - Day One from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Kennedy Recaps Trip, Talks New-Look Roster

      Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - Men's Basketball

      The Ole Miss men's basketball team wrapped up its Bahamian exhibition tour with a perfect 2-0 record. Head coach Andy Kennedy recapped the trip, talked about the chemistry, depth and experience of a new-look roster heading into the fall. The... read more

    • Looking at CB, OL, WR and RB Depth

      Monday, August 11, 2014 - Football

      Sophomore defensive end Fadol Brown and sophomore cornerback Kailo Moore returned from their respective injuries, while sophomore Tee Shepard remains out with a toe injury. The results from Shepard's MRI performed on Saturday are being sent to Birmingham, head coach... read more

    • Ole Miss Programming on SEC Network

      Monday, August 11, 2014 - Football

      The SEC Network will debut on Thursday, August 14 with a three-hour SEC Now that will visit every SEC school and the 21 sports within the SEC. The first two weeks of the network will also feature customized programming to... read more

    • The Week That Was: Ole Miss Football

      Sunday, August 10, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss continues its preparations for the the 2014 season with the second full week of fall camp starting Monday. Here's a look back at the first full week of fall camp with some observations and takeaways, as well as... read more

    • Center, Right Tackle Position Battles to Watch

      Thursday, August 7, 2014 - Football

      An extended portion of the team drills were open to the media. Gameplay-wise, the highlight of the period was a pair of deep throws from senior quarterback Bo Wallace, one to sophomore wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and another to junior... read more