Former Louisville Cardinal Jaire Alexander was selected to his first career NFL Pro Bowl on Monday.
Even in this odd Covid year, players across the NFL landscape are still being selected to the Pro Bowl.
Each vote for the Pro Bowl is made via a mixture of fans, current players, and coaches voting on who belongs among the NFL’s elite tier of players that make the annual all-star game.
Only this year there is no game. The NFL was forced to cancel the annual game that was set to be held in Las Vega in 2021. Instead, the NFL has been forced to get creative with what activities will take place virtually for this very unique year.
Selections to the game will get the opportunity to play Madden against each other throughout the course of Pro Bowl week.
Some players might even prefer that to the real-life game.
A former Louisville star will get the opportunity to participate in the very different festivities this year.
Jaire Alexander, former Louisville corner and now Packers star, was selected for his first Pro Bowl in his third season in the league. He has cemented himself as one of the league’s best young stars very early on.
He has become the same exact kind of true man-to-man shutdown corner in the NFL that he was at Louisville from 2015-17. He lines up against the other team’s best receiver every week and shines in doing so.
Alexander has 46 tackles, 9 passes defended, and 1 interception in 2020.
He is just 23 years old and is the youngest player to make the Pro Bowl within the Packers organization since Eddy Lacey in 2013.
In his time at Louisville, Alexander put up 77 tackles and 7 interceptions over the span of three years. He was one of the most dominant players in college football regardless of position and that status paid off when he was selected in the first round (No. 18 overall) by Green Bay in 2018.
When the university can boast young, former players like Lamar Jackson and Alexander, it bodes well for the future of the football program and the alumni involved. These are two of the NFL’s best at their position that continue to represent Louisville at the next level.
Almost every recruit on the trail will know who Lamar Jackson and Jaire Alexander are. If they do not, they just are not paying much attention to the NFL. Louisville is putting a very impressive list of alumni together very quickly.
Two of the biggest names in football were bred in Louisville, Kentucky.
Now, Jaire Alexander gets to continue to improve even more on that image.