Raiders long snapper/linebacker Jon Condo (59) has been added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster. AP Photo.
Oakland Raiders long snapper/linebacker Jon Condo has been added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster as a "need" player. It will mark the second Pro Bowl appearance for Condo, who was also selected to the AFC squad following the 2009 season.
In 2011, Condo snapped for K Sebastian Janikowski, who tied the NFL record with a 63-yard field goal on September 12 at Denver and set a franchise record with six field goals on November 27 against Chicago. He also snapped for P Shane Lechler, who averaged 50.8 yards per punt to rank second in the NFL and boomed a franchise-record 80-yarder on November 27 against Chicago.
Condo has handled all long-snapping duties for the Silver and Black on punts and place kicks for the past five seasons, playing in 80 straight games. The 6-3, 250-pounder entered the NFL with Dallas in 2005 as a rookie free agent and played in three games for the Cowboys that year. He spent the 2006 training camp and preseason with the New England Patriots before being signed to the Raiders practice squad later that season.
Condo served as Maryland's long-snapper and also saw action as a reserve defensive end for the Terrapins, earning the team award as "Top Special Teams Performer"—the first pure long snapper to earn the honor in Maryland history. Condo was an all-conference running back, linebacker and punter at Philipsburg-Osceola High School in Pennsylvania.
Condo becomes the fourth Raider selected to play in the 2012 Pro Bowl, joining Janikowski, Lechler and defensive tackle Richard Seymour for the January 29 game in Honolulu. Safety Tyvon Branch, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, running back Darren McFadden and fullback Marcel Reece were named Pro Bowl alternates.
The Raiders have had 180 Pro Bowl selections among 61 different players since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.