SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- There will be a San Francisco 49er in the Pro Bowl after all.
After all eight of the players originally selected withdrew – linebacker Ahmad Brooks was the last to withdraw on Tuesday – the team announced rookie safety Eric Reid is going to play in the game Sunday.
The honor culminates a strong rookie season by the safety. Reid looked like a polished veteran all season and was a great fit for the 49ers’ aggressive defense. The team did not miss Dashon Goldson, who went to Tampa Bay in free agency.
The 49ers deserve credit for moving up from No. 31 to No. 18 to take Reid in last year's NFL draft. It looks like there may be many more Pro Bowls to come for him.