The rookie, who was just about the league’s best receiver over the second half of the season, replaces Detroit’s Calvin Johnson, who has pulled out of the game in Arizona to avoid further injuring his ankle.
Beckham, who was a surprising omission from the original list of selections, is the first Giants rookie to go to the Pro Bowl since tight end Jeremy Shockey in 2002.
“It is definitely awesome,” Beckham said.??”It is something that means a lot to me and I am definitely going to cherish the moment. I’m very excited to be going to the Pro Bowl.”
Beckham, as well as a series of highlight-reel catches,??set Giants rookie records with 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in only 12 games and had nine games in a row with 90 or more receiving yards, matching an NFL record set by Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin in 1995.
The two rosters will be selected in a fantasy-style draft on January 21 with Irvin and Cris Carter serving as alumni captains – last season saw the first ‘unconferenced’ Pro Bowl which ended in a 22-21 win for Jerry Rice’s team over the one selected by Barry Sanders.
Beckham Jr joins a strong list of receivers that also includes Antonio Brown, Dez Bryant, A.J. Green, T.Y. Hilton, ??Julio Jones, Jordy Nelson and Demaryius Thomas.