The NFC squad didn't put together a good showing in the 2019 Pro Bowl, losing to the AFC 26-7, but Falcons tight end Austin Hooper prevented things from looking even worse.
In his first Pro Bowl appearance, Hooper scored the NFC's lone touchdown on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.
The touchdown was Hooper's lone catch of the afternoon. During the week of Pro Bowl practices, Hooper explained what his Pro Bowl selection meant to him.
"All of that hard work I've put in has finally paid off," Hooper said. "It confirms that all of those early mornings that all of those early mornings that I woke up to drive to wherever to meet Matt (Ryan) and sacrifice time with my family and friends – time where I technically don't have to do anything. For that to put me over the edge and allow me to be here just validates that everything I did was worthwhile."
In 2018, Hooper set career-high marks with 71 receptions for 660 yards and four touchdowns, becoming a dependable option for Ryan in critical situations.
TE Austin Hooper and C Alex Mack attend the first practice of the 2019 Pro Bowl. Mack is returning to the Pro Bowl for the sixth time, and it is Hooper's first Pro Bowl of his NFL career.