Seattle FS Earl Thomas named NFC Pro Bowl starter

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RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- Earl Thomas has become the first Seattle Seahawks player voted to the Pro Bowl since 2008, with five other Seahawks named as alternates for the all-star game played in Hawaii.

Thomas was named the starter at free safety for the NFC when the teams were announced on Tuesday evening. Thomas is the first Seattle player selected for the game since Walter Jones and Julian Peterson following the 2008 season. Between 1981 and 2008, the Seahawks had at least one player every year voted to the Pro Bowl.

Strong safety Kam Chancellor, cornerback Brandon Browner and fullback Michael Robinson were all named first alternates for the team. Running back Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks' first 1,000-yard rusher since 2005, was a second alternate and punter Jon Ryan was a third alternate.

The Pro Bowl will be played Jan. 29 in Honolulu.