CHARLOTTE -- Friday afternoon, linebacker Jon Beason became the team's fourth Pro Bowler when he was added to the NFC roster after 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis pulled out with a knee injury.
With over 30 players withdrawing from Sunday's Pro Bowl because of injuries or their participation in Super Bowl XLIV, the Panthers' complement of All-Stars has doubled this week.
Beason joins center
There was a legitimate argument for Beason to have been included all along. He finished the season with a Panthers-record 169 total tackles, surpassing the standard he set as a rookie in 2007. His tackle tallies the last three years are the three best single-season figures in franchise annals.
Making Beason's play all the more impressive was his ability to remain a vital playmaker in spite of injuries around him, particuarly the season-ending absences of tackle
Beason matches Kevin Greene for the franchise record for Pro Bowl appearances by a linebacker and is one of seven Panthers linebackers to make the all-star game.
The Panthers have now had at least four Pro Bowlers in six of the last seven seasons.
|2010||LB Jon Beason, C Ryan Kalil, DE Julius Peppers, RB DeAngelo Williams|
|2009||LB Jon Beason, OT |
|2007||DT Kris Jenkins, DE Julius Peppers, WR Steve Smith|
|2005||LB Mark Fields, LB Dan Morgan, WR |
|2004||RB Stephen Davis, DT Kris Jenkins, DE Mike Rucker, P Todd Sauerbrun|
|2003||DT Kris Jenkins, P Todd Sauerbrun|
|2002||P Todd Sauerbrun, KR Steve Smith|
|2001||ST Michael Bates|
|2000||ST Michael Bates, QB Steve Beuerlein, WR Muhsin Muhammad, TE Wesley Walls|
|1999||ST Michael Bates, LB Kevin Greene, TE Wesley Walls|
|1998||KR Michael Bates, TE Wesley Walls|
|1997||KR Michael Bates, QB Kerry Collins, CB Eric Davis, LB Kevin Greene, K |
* Note: Year indicates when the Pro Bowl was played; the corresponding season would be one year earlier.