NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Former Old Dominion football player Rick Lovato has made history.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ longsnapper is not only one of the first two longsnappers to ever be chosen for the Pro Bowl, he’s the first ODU player to be selected for the NFL’s all-star game.
2019 was the first year longsnappers were included in Pro Bowl selections. The Ravens’ Morgan Cox was selected as the AFC’s longsnapper.
The New Jersey native played in all 50 of ODU’s games from 2011 to 2014, and was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He spent time with the Redskins and Packers before being picked up by Philly in 2016. He was a member of the Eagles squad that won Super Bowl LII over the Patriots in 2018.
The Eagles (7-7) had five players selected to the Pro Bowl (Lovato, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, tight end Zach Ertz, center Jason Kelce and guard Brandon Brooks), second only to the Saints in the NFC. The Ravens tied an NFL record with 12 players selected to the AFC team.
The 2020 Pro Bowl is being held Jan. 26 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.