Bengals Chargers Football

Keenan Allen makes a touchdown catch for the Chargers against the Bengals on Dec. 9.

Greensboro, this is your Pro Bowl.

Three skill-position stars whose games were shaped in the Gate City – the Chargers' Keenan Allen, Bears' Tarik Cohen and Colts' Eric Ebron – were selected to play in the National Football League's all-star game Jan. 27, 2019, at Orlando's Camping World Stadium.

The Chargers and Bears have clinched playoff berths and the Colts are in contention in the AFC. Of course, no player wants to play in the Pro Bowl given that Super Bowl LII will be played the next weekend, on Feb. 3 in Atlanta.

Nevertheless, our all-stars:

Keenan Allen

Team: Los Angeles Chargers, AFC.

Position: Wide receiver.

Greensboro connection: Northern Guilford High School graduate; also attended Grimsley. ... 2009 News & Record football player of the year. ... Played collegiately at California.

Pro Bowl selections: Second.

Why he was chosen: 88 catches (fifth in AFC) for 1,074 yards (sixth in AFC), six touchdowns. ... Has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season and third time in his career.  ... Suffered a hip pointers vs. the Chiefs on Thursday night but might play Saturday vs. Ravens (8:20 p.m., NFL).

What he's saying: "I'm in." – @Keenan13Allen on Twitter.

Tarik Cohen

Team: Chicago Bears, NFC.

Position: Return specialist.

Greensboro connection: A&T alumnus; career leader in rushing yards (5,619) and rushing touchdowns (56) at school and in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Pro Bowl selections: First.

Packers Bears Football

Bears running back Tarik Cohen during the game against the Packers on Sunday.

Why he was chosen: Leads the NFL with 413 punt return yards. ... Second player in NFL history to compile at least 500 yards via rushing, receiving, punt returns and kickoff returns in his first 25 games. ... Leads the Bears with 710 receiving yards on 68 catches; has rushed for 405 yards on 88 attempts (4.6 yards per carry).

What he's saying: "I’m tremendously honored. I’d like to share this achievement with everyone on my punt return group and also my special-teams coaches.” – Cohen to

Eric Ebron

Team: Indianapolis Colts, AFC.

Position: Tight end.

Greensboro connection: Smith High School graduate. Played collegiately at North Carolina.

Pro Bowl selections: First.

Cowboys Colts Football

The Colts' Eric Ebron slips a tackle attempt by the Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie.

Why he was chosen: Career-best 12 touchdown catches, second-most in the NFL among all positions. ... 59 catches, 662 yards. ... Has played in all 14 games with seven starts. ... Has one rushing TD. ... Among NFL tight ends, ranks first in receiving touchdowns, sixth in receptions and fifth in receiving yards.

What they're saying: “He is working really, really, really hard. He’s certainly got some God-given gifts that not many other people have. He’s making the most out of it. He can run – he runs really, really good routes. I think he understands defenses really well." – Andrew Luck, Colts quarterback, to

Full rosters




Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, New England; x-Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City; Philip Rivers, L.A. Chargers

Tight ends: Eric Ebron, Indianapolis; x-Travis Kelce, Kansas City

Wide Receivers: Keenan Allen, L.A. Chargers ; Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh; x-Tyreek Hill, Kansas City: x-DeAndre Hopkins, Houston.

Tackles: Eric Fisher, Kansas City; x-Taylor Lewan, Tennessee; x-Alejandro Villanueva, Pittsburgh

Guards: x-David DeCastro, Pittsburgh; Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis; x-Marshal Yanda, Baltimore

Running Backs: x-James Conner, Pittsburgh, Melvin Gordon, L.A. Chargers; Phillip Lindsay, Denver.

Centers: x-Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh; Mike Pouncey, L.A. Chargers


Defensive Ends: x-Myles Garrett, Cleveland; Melvin Ingram, L.A. Chargers; x-J.J. Watt, Houston

Inside/Middle Linebackers: Benardrick McKinney, Houston; x-C.J. Mosley, Baltimore

Interior Lineman: x-Geno Atkins, Cincinnati; x-Jurrell Casey; Tennessee; Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh

Cornerbacks: Stephon Gilmore, New England; x-Xavien Howard, Miami; x-Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville; Denzel Ward, Cleveland

Outside Linebackers: x-Jadeveon Clowney, Houston; Dee Ford, Kansas City; x-Von Miller, Denver

Free Safeties: X-Derwin James, L.A. Chargers; Eric Weddle, Baltimore

Strong Safety: x-Jamal Adams, N.Y. Jets


Punter: x-Brett Kern, Tennessee

Placekicker: x-Jason Myers, N.Y. Jets

Return Specialist: x-Andre Roberts, N.Y. Jets

Special Teamer: x-Adrian Phillips, L.A. Chargers



Quarterbacks: x-Drew Brees, New Orleans; Jared Goff, L.A. Rams; Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay

Tight Ends: x-Zach Ertz, Philadelphia; George Kittle, San Francisco

Wide Receivers: Davante Adams, Green Bay; x-Julio Jones, Atlanta; Adam Thielen, Minnesota; x-Michael Thomas, New Orleans

Tackles: x-Terron Armstead, New Orleans; x-Tyron Smith, Dallas; Trent Williams, Washington

Guards: x-Brandon Brooks, Philadelphia; x-Zack Martin, Dallas; Trai Turner, Carolina

Running Backs: Saquon Barkley, N.Y. Giants; Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas; x-Todd Gurley, L.A. Rams

Centers: x-Alex Mack, Atlanta; Max Under; New Orleans

Fullback: x-Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco


Defensive Ends: Danielle Hunter, Minnesota; x-Cameron Jordan, New Orleans; x-Demarcus Lawrence, Dallas

Inside/Middle Linebackers: x-Luke Kuechly, Carolina; Bobby Wagner, Seattle

Interior Lineman: x-Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia; x-Aaron Donald, L.A. Rams; Akiem Hicks, Chicago

Cornerbacks: x-Kyle Fuller, Chicago; Byron Jones, Dallas; x-Patrick Peterson, Arizona; Darius Slay, Detroit

Outside Linebackers: Anthony Barr, Minnesota; x-Ryan Kerrigan, Washington; x-Khalil Mack, Chicago

Free Safeties: x-Eddie Jackson, Chicago; Harrison Smith, Minnesota

Strong Safety: Landon Collins, N.Y. Giants


Punter: x-Michael Dickson, Seattle

Placekicker: x-Aldrick Rosas, N.Y. Giants

Return Specialist: x-Tarik Cohen, Chicago

Special Teamer: x-Cory Littleton, L.A. Rams

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