TAMPA - The National Football League announced today that Tampa Bay WR Vincent Jackson has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster, replacing Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson.
Jackson, an eighth-year player, was signed by the Buccaneers as an unrestricted free agent during the 2012 offseason.
He started all 16 games this season and was one of the premier wide receivers in the NFL this season. Jackson finished the season with 72 catches for 1,384 receiving yards, both career-highs, along with eight receiving touchdowns.
Jackson's 1,384 receiving yards were the fifth-most in the NFL this season, and his 19.2 yards per catch were the highest mark in the league. Jackson also recorded 216 receiving yards in Week 7 against New Orleans, a career-best, as well as the most in a single game in Buccaneers history.
He is one of only seven wide receivers this season to eclipse 200 yards in a single game.
His selection marks the fourth time in franchise history that Tampa Bay as sent a wide receiver to the Pro Bowl. It is Jackson's third career Pro Bowl selection.
Jackson played collegiately at Northern Colorado and originally entered the league as a second round draft pick (61st overall) with San Diego in 2005.