Today the NFL announced that Raiders RB Latavius Murray would be making the trip to Honolulu for the Pro Bowl. Murray was originally named a Pro Bowl alternate, but will be replacing Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart who will be participating in the Super Bowl in Santa Clara in two weeks against the Denver Broncos. Murray's selection brings the number of Raiders Pro Bowlers to six, including Khalil Mack, Charles Woodson, Derek Carr, Marcel Reece and Amari Cooper.
Murray was second in the AFC in rushing with 1,066 yards and scored six touchdowns, becoming the Raiders' first 1000-yard rusher since 2010. The last Raiders running back selected to the Pro Bowl was Bo Jackson in 1990. The Pro Bowl will take place on January 31 in Honolulu and the Pro Bowl draft will be held on Wednesday night.
The selection of Murray to the Pro Bowl is yet another feather in the cap of the Raiders front office. Of their six Pro Bowlers, four were drafted by the current regime. We know free agent recruitment always goes on at the Pro Bowl, and a large Raiders contingent may have some influence with players whose contracts are soon to expire. Congratulations to Latavius Murray and the Raiders.