Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Peters gets Pro Bowl nod
Former Arkansas Razorback Jason Peters works out in the Philadelphia Eagles training facility Tuesday. The left tackle ruptured his right Achilles tendon twice within a month last year.
FAYETTEVILLE Jason Peters received an invitation to the Pro Bowl on Friday.
Peters, a tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles, was selected to represent the NFC at the game which is scheduled for Jan. 26 in Honolulu. Peters played in the game five consecutive years from 2007-11 but missed the 2012 season after rupturing his Achilles tendon twice in the off-season.
"This is really special," Peters told NJ.com. "Two Achilles surgeries, people thought I wasn’t going to even be able to play football again. The doctors – especially after the second one – they didn’t think I was going to be able to play at a high level. They maybe thought that I could come back and play, but not at a high level. So I never took it for granted. Every year, I try to work to make the Pro Bowl. And I just know, if I’m working to make the Pro Bowl the team is going to succeed."
Peters played tight end at Arkansas but went undrafted in 2004. He signed a free agent deal with Buffalo and spent five seasons with the Bills before being traded to the Eagles in 2009.
Philadelphia will play Dallas on Sunday for the NFC East championship and a spot in the playoffs. Peters would not be able to participate in the Pro Bowl if the Eagles were to advance to the Super Bowl.