Dec. 27, 2013
Former Auburn Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton will play in the Pro Bowl for the second time (Associated Press photo)
By Phillip Marshall
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who led Auburn to the 2010 national championship and was the first player chosen in the 2011 NFL draft, and New Orleans Saints offensive guard Ben Grubbs, a former Auburn standout who was a first-round pick in the 2007 draft, were selected Friday for the 2014 Pro Bowl.
The game will be played in Honolulu on Jan. 26. For the first time, the rosters won’t be decided by conference but by a draft conducted by Hall of Famers Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice.
Newton and Grubbs will make their second Pro Bowl appearances.
Newton has led the Panthers to an 11-4 record this season. They will play their regular-season finale Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. If they win, they will claim the NFC South championship.
Grubbs was a dominant blocker for the Baltimore Ravens before signing a $12 million free-agent deal with the Saints in March 2012.
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley, the dominant force on Auburn’s defense in 2010, was chosen as an alternate.
Newton, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2010, has completed 277 of 446 passes for 3,230 yards and 22 touchdowns. He has rushed for 513 yards on 99 carries.
Fairley has been in on 30 tackles and has 4.5 sacks.
Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow Marshall on Twitter: