Foster is the only running back in the NFL to have two 100-yard receiving games in 2011.
Dec. 27, 2011
Two former Tennessee stars are heading to the NFL Pro Bowl. Arian Foster makes his second appearance as a running back and Scott Wells was selected for the first time as a reserve center.
Foster followed up his breakout performance in 2010 with another impressive campaign despite battling a hamstring injury through the first three weeks of the season. He leads the NFL in scrimmage yards per game with 141.6, ranks third in the NFL with 1,224 yards rushing and is third among NFL running backs with 617 yards receiving. He is the only running back in the NFL to have two 100-yard receiving games in 2011, doing so against Tampa Bay and Tennessee, and had 78-yard touchdown receptions in both games. Foster has seven 100-yard rushing performances this season, including 155 yards against Pittsburgh’s top-ranked defense in Week 4 and 111 yards against Atlanta’s eighth-ranked run defense in Week 13. He also ranks third in the AFC with 12 touchdowns from scrimmage
Foster was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for October when he averaged 161.8 yards from scrimmage in five highlight-filled games. His performance against Tennessee was one for the ages as he became the fourth player since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to score three touchdowns and have more than 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in a single game in the 41-7 win in Week 7. He is just the fifth player since the 1970 merger to accumulate more than 1,000 yards rushing and 600 yards receiving in back-to-back seasons.
Wells, an eight-year veteran, came to Green Bay as a seventh-round draft pick in 2004 and beginning his career on the practice squad. He was a Pro Bowl alternate once before, in 2007, and then he briefly lost his starting spot in 2009 before getting it back and never letting go.
“For it to take this long and to finally make it, it definitely is big for me,” Wells told Packers.com. “It’s always been a dream of mine, so I am excited.
“I take it as an honor, being a part of a special team. As a team is successful, the individual accolades come.”