Former Shippensburg University star John Kuhn named to NFL Pro Bowl
Expect his name to be chanted a little bit louder at Lambeau Field during the upcoming NFL playoffs.
John Kuhn, a Shippensburg University graduate and Green Bay Packers fullback, was named a starter for the NFC’s Pro Bowl team Tuesday night.
In his five seasons with the Packers, Kuhn has endeared himself to Green Bay fans. Chants of “KUUUUUUUHHHNN” can be heard on TV broadcasts when he carries the ball, and he said in a statement from the team that he wouldn’t be surprised if the chants get louder.
“They won’t let this one slide by,” said Kuhn, who earned his first career Pro Bowl selection. The Pro Bowl vote is made up of one-third coaches, one-third players and one-third fans.
“That’s very special to me, Kuhn said. “Some awards out there are voted on in all different kinds of ways, but the fact that I can say my peers, my coaches and the fans all really appreciate me, that means more than anything.”
None of Green Bay’s seven selections for the Jan. 29 Pro Bowl in Honolulu was made available to the media Tuesday night.
The Packers (14-1) secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Players who make it to the Super Bowl will be replaced on Pro Bowl rosters.
Kuhn has scored six touchdowns (four rushing, two receiving) this season, his second straight season with six total TDs. He has rushed for 73 yards on 28 carries (2.6 avg.) along with 13 receptions for 67 yards (5.2 avg.).
“I can play the traditional fullback role and lead-block, and the coaches also entrust the ball-carrying opportunities that I have. I think the combination of the two of those really gets my name out there,” Kuhn said.
At York’s Sovereign Bank Stadium in July, baseball fans greeted Kuhn with a loud chorus of his last name when he threw the first pitch at the Atlantic League All-Star Game.
“I thought it was pretty awesome,” Kuhn said of the fans’ reaction. “I knew I had great support here at home. That was really cool. It really means a lot to me.”
At Shippensburg, he set 27 school records and four Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference marks. He also earned academic All-American honors three years in a row and graduated with a 3.293 GPA and a chemistry degree in December 2004.
Kuhn owns two Super Bowl rings: one earned on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad in 2005-06, the other earned in February in the Packers’ win against the Steelers.