By Dave Clark, email@example.com
Former St. Xavier High School standout Luke Kuechly's official replacement Tuesday on the Pro Bowl roster meant none of the Greater Cincinnati high school alumni on NFL rosters would be participating in the event.
But just one day later, the Los Angeles Rams announced Wednesday that long snapper Jake McQuaide, a former Elder High School standout, has been selected to the NFC team as he was one year ago.
More from therams.com about the addition of McQuaide:
The Ohio State product — who will play in the All-Star game for the second-consecutive time — became the first long snapper in franchise history to receive Pro Bowl honors last season.
McQuaide has been an instrumental member of the Rams special teams' unit for the past seven years, playing in all 16 of the Rams games this season. The seven-year NFL vet, initiated the snap on all of Hekker's 65 punts, Zuerlein and Sam Ficken's 42 field goals (40 successful) and 51 point after attempt kicks (41 converted).
The Cincinnati native was chosen by New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton as a “need” player for the Pro Bowl roster. (Payton's staff will coach in the NFL’s annual All-Star game.) The NFL stipulates that the head coach of each team chooses a “need” player, and those players must be long snappers.
The Bengals' Clark Harris is the AFC's long snapper.
The Pro Bowl will be played on Sun., Jan. 28, televised on ESPN at 3 p.m. from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.