Las Vegas, NV – While the 2021 Pro Bowl won’t be quite like any in years past, it remains a premiere acknowledgement and tip of the cap to the game’s best players at every position.
And this year, two Raiders are among that elite group.
Running back Josh Jacobs and tight end Darren Waller were both named 2021 Pro Bowlers, the NFL announced on Monday. It’s the first Pro Bowl for each of them, and it comes in the midst of two impressive statistical seasons for both players.
The Packers, Ravens, Chiefs and Seahawks led the league with seven players from each if those teams being named.
Jacobs is currently sixth in the NFL with 907 rushing yards despite missing one game due to injury, while Waller has demonstrated he may be the most versatile tight end in football with 93 catches for 937 yards and eight touchdowns. All three of those marks are second-best in the NFL for tight ends after Travis Kelce.
Also Monday, The NFL announced that the 2022 Pro Bowl will be awarded to Las Vegas and will take place at Allegiant Stadium. The 2021 Pro Bowl Game originally was scheduled to be played Jan. 31 in Las Vegas, but was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead, the NFL is working with EA Sports to create a week-long series of matchups featuring celebrities, NFL Legends, current players and streamers playing the official Pro Bowl rosters on Madden NFL 21. The week culminates in a virtual Pro Bowl game with 2021 Pro Bowl players playing within Madden, which will be available for fans to watch across a variety of platforms.