The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that QB Jeff Garcia has been added to the NFC squad for the 2008 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl. Garcia, the NFC's first alternate at quarterback, replaces Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre. The annual all-star game will take place Sunday, February 10 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Garcia's appearance in the 2008 Pro Bowl will be the fourth of his career and first as a Buccaneer, having played in the contest in three consecutive seasons following the 2000-2002 seasons as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. It marks just the third time in Buccaneers history that a quarterback has been named to the Pro Bowl, joining Trent Dilfer (1997) and Brad Johnson (2002).
Garcia joined the Buccaneers as a free agent prior to the 2007 season and helped lead Tampa Bay to its third NFC South division title in six seasons. He became the first quarterback who made his debut in the Super Bowl era to start a playoff game for a division winner for three different franchises. Garcia finished the season as the NFL's seventh-rated passer (94.6) and ranked second in the league with a team-record 1.2 interception percentage. In 13 starts, Garcia completed 209 of 327 pass attempts (63.9 percent) with 13 touchdowns and just four interceptions. His 197 consecutive pass attempts without an interception to begin the 2007 season was also a team record.