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Six Seahawks selected to Pro Bowl

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If the Seahawks somehow don't meet their Super Bowl destiny, they will be well represented in the Pro Bowl on Jan. 26.

Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, Seattle's defensive player of the year candidates, and fellow Legion of Boom member Kam Chancellor lead a six-player Seattle contingent announced Friday.

Keeping it an even split of offensive and defensive players, quarterback Russell Wilson, running back Marshawn Lynch and center Max Unger also were named to the game as the Hawks placed six guys for the second straight year.

The Seahawks also had three alternates: kicker Steven Hauschka, left tackle Russell Okung and punt returner Golden Tate.

It is the first Pro Bowl for Sherman, who was snubbed for the game last season as he battled the NFL over a PED suspension -- even though he was named an All-Pro (a more elite honor). He leads the NFL with eight interceptions this season.

Thomas, tied for fourth in the league with five picks, was honored for the third straight time (in his four seasons), and Chancellor made it for the second time in his three years.

Wilson, who has 25 touchdown passes and a 101.1 passer rating, played in the game as a replacement last season, but he got in on the first ballot this time.

Lynch, sixth in the league with 1,160 rushing yards, was chosen for the third straight time and fourth time overall (he was an injury replacement while with Buffalo in 2008).

Unger, who also was an All-Pro last year, made it for the second straight year even though he has missed three games.

The six choices tie the number of Hawks who went to Hawaii last year. The 1984 and 2005 teams each got a club-record seven players selected.

Thomas thinks these Hawks eventually will exceed the record.

“It’s going to keep growing because we push each other,” he told Seahawks.com. “We always talk about we want to make history, we want to leave our mark on this Earth. This is how we’re going to do it -- by producing the best athletes in the world.

“I think coach (Pete) Carroll and his staff and (general manager) John Schneider and his staff are going to keep producing them because they have a way of finding guys that are hungry and love the game."

In fan voting, Wilson received the third most votes among quarterbacks, behind Denver QB Peyton Manning and Wilson's NFL mentor, New Orleans QB Drew Brees.

Lynch and Wilson were both in the top 10 overall in fan voting. Lynch, Unger, Sherman, Thomas, Chancellor, Hauschka and punter Jon Ryan were among the top two at their positions.

If the Hawks end up playing in the Pro Bowl, they might not be playing together. Former Pro Bowl regulars Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice will draft players onto teams on the NFL Network on Jan. 22.

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