Cody Parkey is headed to the 2015 Pro Bowl. The Philadelphia Eagles rookie kicker was originally named as a first team alternate, but now he's guaranteed a spot because either the Colts' Adam Vinatieri or the Patriots' Stephen Gostkowski will be in Super Bowl XLIX.
Parkey finished his rookie season 32/36 (88.9%) from field goal range, which ranked tied for eighth best. His longest kick was 54 yards and he was a perfect 4-4 from kicks attempted from 50 yards or longer. Parkey also made all 54 of his extra point attempts. His total 145 points eclipsed David Akers' former Eagles record and also broke the NFL rookie scoring record set by Bears kicker Kevin Butler in 1985.
The Jupiter, Florida native was acquired by the Eagles during the third week of the preseason. Philadelphia traded undrafted running back David Fluellen to Indianapolis in exchange for Parkey. Then-incumbent kicker Alex Henery had been struggling throughout the preseason and his competition, Carey Spear, was a non-factor A stellar performance by Parkey in the preseason finale forced the Eagles to move away from Henery and stick with the rookie. It was a shrewd move by the Eagles to fix a significant weakness at virtually no cost. Parkey is only 22 so if he continues to kick well he could be a very long-term fixture in Philadelphia.
Some cool facts here via CSN Philly's Reuben Frank: Parkey is the first Eagles rookie to make a Pro Bowl team since tight end Keith Jackson, who caught 81 passes for 859 yards and 6 touchdowns in 1988. Parkey is the first undrafted rookie kicker to make a Pro Bowl team since David Treadwell of the Broncos in 1989.
Parkey will join fellow Eagles 2015 Pro Bowlers offensive tackle Jason Peters, running back LeSean McCoy, running back/punt returner Darren Sproles, center Jason Kelce, outside linebacker Connor Barwin, and offensive guard Evan Mathis in Arizona.
The Pro Bowl game will take place on Jan. 25 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona.