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Former Alabama WR Amari Cooper headed to NFL Pro Bowl

Cary Edmundson - USA TODAY Sports

It was a successful rookie year for wide receiver Amari Cooper in Oakland. The Raiders became a competitive franchise for the first time since 2002 and he was its main catalyst. Cooper collected five 100-yard receiving performances and was the first rookie to post 1,000 yards in a season. He finished 2015 with 1,070 yards and six touchdowns on 72 receptions.

The former Alabama standout, Biletnikoff Award winner and Heisman finalist received a high honor Thursday from the NFL, as he was selected to participate in this year’s Pro Bowl.

Cooper is now the sixth rookie and second wide out (Tim Brown, 1988) in Raiders history to have this honor and The NFL Pro Bowl will occur on Sunday, Jan. 31 at Aloha Stadium.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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