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Three former Alabama star players headed to NFL Pro Bowl Games

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts warms up ahead of game against the Seattle Seahawks
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The Super Bowl will feature two former University of Alabama players — Isaiah Buggs and Cameron Latu — but three more individuals that played for the Crimson Tide under Nick Saban are headed to the NFL Pro Bowl Games.

The event will be from Thursday, Feb. 1 to Sunday, Feb. 4 in Orlando, Fla. 

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Jalen Hurts, Ryan Kelly, and Jahmyr Gibbs are the names added to the roster.

Hurts, a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, replaces Brock Purdy of the San Francisco 49ers as he’s playing in the Super Bowl. Hurts was the first true freshman of the Saban era to start at quarterback for Alabama in 2016. He assisted the Crimson Tide to two Southeastern Conference Championships (2016, 2018) and a College Football Playoff National Championship in 2017.

Kelly, an offensive lineman for the Indianapolis Colts, will be at the Pro Bowl Games.

He helped the Colts to a 9-8 season in 2023 that nearly resulted in a berth in the AFC playoffs.

Kelly protected Gardner Minshew to account for 3,305 passing yards. He was a center for Alabama from 2011 to 2015, winning three national championships — including back-to-back BCS National Championships in 2011 and 2012. Kelly won the Rimington Trophy, Jacobs Blocking Trophy, earned first-team All-SEC honors, and became a Consensus All-American in 2015.

He assisted Derrick Henry to winning the Heisman Memorial Trophy in 2015.

Gibbs, a running back for the Detroit Lions, makes his first career Pro Bowl. He finished his rookie season with 1,044 yards rushing and 1,443 scrimmage yards. Gibbs pushed the Lions in the playoffs and took it on a deep run to the NFC Championship Game. He made the All-Rookie Team for Professional Football Writers Association and is a finalist for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Gibbs played at Alabama for one season (2022), totaling 926 rushing yards, 444 receiving yards, and 10 touchdowns.

Hurts, Kelly, and Gibbs will represent Alabama well in the Pro Bowl Games.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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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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