The Arizona Cardinals had three players named to the 2021 NFC Pro Bowl team on Monday, as the NFL announced their rosters.
The Cardinals will be represented in the 2021 virtual Pro Bowl by DeAndre Hopkins, Budda Baker and Kyler Murray.
As a reminder on this years Pro Bowl:
The 2021 Pro Bowl is an all-new virtual Pro Bowl experience within Madden NFL 21. Roster selections are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players.
The Cardinals announced the selection of each player and some of their accomplishments.
S BUDDA BAKER
· Baker was selected to his third Pro Bowl, including his second in a row at safety. He earned Pro Bowl honors as a special teamer as a rookie in 2017.
· Baker (3) and CB Patrick Peterson (4) are the only players in Cardinals history to earn at least three Pro Bowl selections before their 25th birthday.
· Baker (2) now joins Larry Wilson (8), Adrian Wilson (5), Jerry Norton (3) and Tim McDonald (3) as the only Cardinals selected to multiple Pro Bowls at safety. He joins Larry Wilson (2) as the only Cardinals safeties named to multiple Pro Bowls in their first four seasons.
· Through 14 games in 2020, Baker has recorded 104 tackles (79 solo), 2.0 sacks, 2 INTs, 6 tackles for loss, 3 QB hits 4 passes defensed and a forced fumble. He was named the NFC “Defensive Player of the Month” for October and NFC “Defensive Player of the Week” following Week 6.
· His 104 tackles rank second among NFL defensive backs this year behind only Buffalo S Jordan Poyer (112).
· Baker has become just the seventh Cardinals player to earn at least three Pro Bowl selections in their first four seasons: HB Ollie Matson (4), CB Patrick Peterson (4), S Justin Bethel (3), G Bill Fischer (3), WR Sonny Randle (3) and FB Ron Wolfley (3).
WR DEANDRE HOPKINS
· Hopkins was selected to his fifth Pro Bowl and fourth in a row. He joins Davante Adams, Keenan Allen and Tyreek Hill as the four receivers selected to the Pro Bowl in each of the last four seasons.
· Hopkins has 103 receptions for 1,324 yards and 6 TDs in 2020. He leads the NFL in receiving yards and is tied for the NFL lead with seven games of 100+ receiving yards while his 103 catches rank second in the NFL behind only Buffalo’s Stefon Diggs (111). He is currently on pace for a franchise single-season record 117 receptions in 2020, which would also set a career-high for the three-time All-Pro.
· With 103 receptions in 2020, Hopkins became the fourth Cardinals player to reach 100 catches in a season. It marks his fourth career 100-catch campaign and third in the last four years. He is one of just nine players in NFL history with at least four seasons of 100+ receptions.
· This is the 16th time that a Cardinals wide receiver has been selected to the Pro Bowl in the past 20 seasons (Fitzgerald-11, Boldin-3, Boston-1).
· Hopkins is the 20th different wide receiver in franchise history to earn a Pro Bowl selection. His selection marks the 39th all-time Pro Bowl nod for a Cardinals wide receiver.
· Hopkins was named NFC “Offensive Player of the Week” following his game-winning 43-yard Hail Mary TD reception against the Bills in Week 10, earning Player of the Week honors for just the second time in his career.
· He joins Amari Cooper (Las Vegas, Dallas) as the only active wide receivers in the NFL to be named to the Pro Bowl in both the NFC and AFC.
QB KYLER MURRAY
· A Pro Bowl alternate as a rookie last year, Murray earns his first Pro Bowl selection this year. He becomes the eighth quarterback in franchise history to be named to the Pro Bowl and first since Carson Palmer in 2015.
· Murray is the first quarterback in franchise history to be named to the Pro Bowl within his first two NFL seasons and – at 23 years old – he is the youngest quarterback to earn a Pro Bowl selection for the Cardinals.
· Through 14 games Murray has completed 336-of-497 pass attempts (67.6%) for 3,637 yards and 26 TDs while adding 741 yards and 11 TDs rushing. His 741 rushing yards and 11 rushing TDs are franchise records for a QB.
· With 37 total TDs (passing & rushing) in 2020, Murray set the franchise record for the most total TDs in a season. Only four quarterbacks in the NFL have accounted for more TDs (passing & rushing) than Murray this season: Aaron Rodgers (43), Russell Wilson (38), Patrick Mahomes (38) and Josh Allen (38).
· With 26 passing TDs and 11 rushing TDs in 2020, Murray has become just the second player in NFL history to post 25+ passing TDs and 10+ rushing TDs in a season, joining Cam Newton (35 TD passes; 10 TD runs in 2015).
· With 3,637 passing yards and 741 rushing yards in 2020, Murray is making a run at becoming the first player in NFL history with 4,000+ passing yards and 900+ rushing yards in a single season.
· Murray is directing one of the NFL’s top offenses in 2020. Arizona currently ranks #3 in total offense, #5 in offensive TDs, #4 in rushing yards, #2 in rushing TDs and #10 in points scored.
Congratulations to each of the Cardinals representatives.