Two former Auburn Tigers, quarterback Cam Newton and offensive guard Ben Grubbs, were selected Friday for the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl.
Newton led Auburn to a national title and won the Heisman Trophy in 2010. He was chosen No. 1 overall by the Carolina Panthers in the 2011 NFL draft. Newton and the Panthers posted an 11-4 record heading into the final week of the season, including a victory over Grubbs’ Saints in Week 16 to take the lead in the NFC South.
Grubbs was taken in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft. He was a force on the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive line before signing a deal with the New Orleans Saints in March 2012. The Saints currently hold the sixth NFC wild card slot and can clinch a berth in the playoffs with a win or Arizona Cardinals loss.
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley, part of the 2010 Auburn national championship team, was selected as an alternate for the Pro Bowl team.
The Pro Bowl will be played Jan. 26. The new format for the teams will no longer be based off conference but will instead be a fantasy draft by two Hall of Famers: Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice. The game will be played in Honolulu.