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It's Williams Vs. Morris In 2015 Pro Bowl

For the past three seasons, Redskins left tackle Trent Williams has made a habit of opening up holes for his running back, Alfred Morris.

For a couple hours on Sunday, however, the two will find themselves rooting against each other.

The NFL on Wednesday evening held its annual Pro Bowl Draft, and Williams was selected to play for Team Irvin (coached by former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin) while Morris was assigned to play for Team Carter (coached by former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter).

Williams, 26, just completed his fourth season as an offensive captain for the Redskins, and has been among the league's top left tackles since he was selected No. 4 overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. Sunday's game will be his third consecutive Pro Bowl appearance.

"It's extremely humbling to know that your hard work and dedication pays off again and that people around the league – my peers – recognize my efforts and continue to vote me as one of the league's best," Williams said Dec. 23 upon learning he was selected to the annual contest of the NFL's best.

Williams' Pro Bowl selection this season is the 16th by a Redskins offensive tackle since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, joining Chris Samuels (2001-02, 05-08), Jim Lachey (1990-91), Mark May (1988) and Joe Jacoby (1983-86). Between Williams and Samuels, Redskins left tackles have been selected to seven of the last 10 Pro Bowls. Williams joins Samuels and Jacoby as the only Redskins tackles to make three consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl since the merger.

Joining Williams on the Team Irvin offense are quarterbacks Tony Romo, Matthew Stafford and Matt Ryan; wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Randall Cobb, Emmanuel Sanders and Golden Tate; running backs DeMarco Murrary, Mark Ingram and C.J. Anderson; fullback Marcel Reece; tackles Tyron Smith and Joe Thomas; guards Zack Martin, Marshal Yanda and Kyle Long; centers Travis Frederick and Nick Mangold; and tight ends Jimmy Graham and Jason Witten. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and his staff will coach the squad.

A countdown of the Top 10 images of Redskins running back Alfred Morris during the 2014 season.

Morris, meanwhile, will be making his second consecutive Pro Bowl appearance on Sunday. The 26-year-old Florida Atlantic product has shined since being selected in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, becoming the first Redskins running back to collect 1,000 rushing yards in his first three seasons.

Morris this year became the first Redskins running back selected to consecutive Pro Bowls since Stephen Davis (1999-00). Morris's selection is the 12th by a Redskins running back since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger (three by Larry Brown, two each by Earnest Byner, Davis and Morris, and one each by Mike Thomas, Terry Allen and Clinton Portis).

"You know, if things don't go right in the passing game, if you're worried about a pass rusher here or there, it's nice to turn and hand it off a guy you know is going to get some chunks of yards for you and run through tackles and make positive plays – and not complain if he doesn't get the ball and all that good stuff," Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said of Morris. "He's a class act. He's a good, hard runner, great zone runner. He has great vision."

Joining Morris on the Team Carter offense are quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Drew Brees and Andy Dalton; wide receivers A.J. Green, T.Y. Hilton and Jordy Nelson; running backs Jamaal Charles and Justin Forsett; fullback John Kuhn; tackles Joe Staley, Duane Brown and Ryan Clady; guards Mike Pouncy, Josh Sitton and Evan Mathis; centers Maurkice Pouncey and Jason Kelce; and tight ends Martellus Bennett and Greg Olsen. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and his staff will coach the squad.

The 2015 NFL Pro Bowl will be played at 8 p.m. Sunday at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The game will be telecast on ESPN.




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