Defensive end Calais Campbell finally gets to go to Hawaii with a Pro Bowl berth, even if the game won't be played there.
Cornerback Patrick Peterson joked with Calais Campbell on Wednesday, mentioning how the defensive end's long-awaited first Pro Bowl trip didn't include the customary visit to Hawaii.
Little does Peterson know, that's exactly what it means.
While Campbell won't be flying out for the Pro Bowl – it is being held at University of Phoenix Stadium in the week leading up to the Super Bowl – the designation means he can finally book a trip to the island.
"Every offseason my family suggested we go to Hawaii, which would have been my first time going to Hawaii, and I said I can't
go until I make the Pro Bowl," Campbell said. "That was kind of motivation for me. Now that I've made the Pro Bowl I will be going there this offseason."
Campbell has long been one of the top defensive ends in the NFL, but the combination of a smaller media market and a lack of flair had previously kept him in the shadows. While Campbell ended the fan voting outside the top-10 among defensive ends, opposing coaches and players elevated him to a spot on the NFC's team.
He has 54 tackles this season, which is the most on the defensive line despite missing two games with a knee injury. Campbell is second on the team in sacks (7), quarterback pressures (17) and third in hits (12). He also had his second career interception in Week 5, picking off Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
"I never really get the media love, but that's OK," Campbell said. "It says a lot about what the coaches and players around the league think. That's always cool."
Campbell said team president Michael Bidwill delivered the news with a phone call, which made him a bit hesitant at first.
"It's always scary to hear from the boss because it could be a bad call, but this time of year it's usually good calls," Campbell said with a smile.
PETERSON, BETHEL APPRECIATE PRO BOWL SELECTIONS
Peterson has taken his share of criticism this season, but the voters also found him worthy of a Pro Bowl selection, the fourth
straight to begin his career. The first came for his special teams play as a rookie and the last three for his performance at cornerback.
"It means a lot to get another Pro Bowl under my belt, but the ultimate goal is obviously to play in the Super Bowl," Peterson said. "The Pro Bowl is all fine and dandy but we have bigger goals here."
Bethel echoed the sentiment. With the schedule now pushing the Pro Bowl in front of the Super Bowl, the final two teams don't have players in the All-Star game.
"It's definitely a privilege, but hopefully I can't go, because I want to be there for the Super Bowl," Bethel said.
JIM HARBAUGH STEERS CLEAR OF THE RUMORS
Jim Harbaugh's future as coach of the 49ers has been a constant source of speculation throughout the season, and it will only increase in the days following Sunday's season finale.
The 49ers are already eliminated from the playoffs, so Harbaugh already knows this is the last game of the year, but per custom, he won't be following the rumors attached to his status.
"On the way home, you don't turn on the talk radio and you don't look at the internet, you can be completely unaware that anything is swirling," Harbaugh said in a conference call with Arizona reporters. "I walk by people and I see their faces. (That's when) I know something is going on."
Harbaugh said he also avoids watching TV. Does he think he's the only person in America who stays away from all those mediums?
"There has to be another American besides myself," Harbaugh said with a laugh. "Don't you think? Yeah, I bet there is. I would think there would be plenty of Americans who probably focus on another task at hand and dedicated to the mission they have and excelling and not having distraction."
A LONG INJURY LIST
Quarterback Drew Stanton (knee) didn't practice Wednesday and continues to look doubtful for Sunday against San Francisco. Tight end John Carlson (calf), linebacker Larry Foote (knee) and safety Deone Bucannon (knee) also missed practice.
Cardinals who participated in a limited capacity were linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (knee), wide receiver Jaron Brown (foot), defensive end Calais Campbell (hip), guard Jonathan Cooper (wrist), safety Rashad Johnson (ankle), guard Ted Larsen (shoulder) and linebacker Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder).
For the 49ers, G Alex Boone (knee), cornerback Perrish Cox (shoulder), running back Carlos Hyde (ankle), wide receiver Steve Johnson (knee), center Marcus Martin (illness), safety Eric Reid (concussion), defensive end Justin Smith (back) and safety Raymond Ventrone (groin) did not practice. Cornerback Tramaine Brock (hamstring), linebacker Ahmad Brooks (thumb), cornerback Chris Culliver (knee) and wide receiver Bruce Ellington (hamstring) were limited.
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