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Nine-year veteran Evan Mathis was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time on Tuesday. (USA Today Images)
Another offensive player for the Eagles is Pro Bowl bound.
Left guard Evan Mathis is headed to the all-star game after initially being named a second alternate. Mathis, who also made Associated Press first-team All Pro and made the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-NFL team, earned his first Pro Bowl nod.
Mathis joins running back LeSean McCoy, left tackle Jason Peters, who has since dropped out, and quarterback Nick Foles as Eagles named to the play in the Jan. 22 game at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Eagles were shut out of the game last year and haven’t had four Pro Bowl players since 2010 (Peters, Mike Vick, DeSean Jackson and David Akers.)
McCoy and Peters were both named to the Pro Bowl from the start. Mathis and Foles were alternates.
Mathis, a journeyman lineman for most of his career until signing with the Eagles before the 2011 season, has been one the game’s best interior offensive lineman for the past three seasons. He has started 47 of the 47 games he’s played since joining the team and winning the left guard spot in training camp.
He was recently named the league’s top run-blocking offensive lineman and top offensive guard, according to Pro Football Focus.
Mathis was a third-round pick of the Panthers in 2005 and also played for the Dolphins and Bengals before signing with the Eagles. He started just 22 of 58 games before he signed with the Eagles as a street free agent.