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Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson, Michael Bennett win Pro Bowl MVP awards

By Alex Butler   |   Feb. 1, 2016 at 6:18 PM

HONOLULU, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- San Francisco is more appealing than Honolulu this time of year for NFL players.

But Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and defensive end Michael Bennett made the best out of their Pro Bowl invites, after their team was knocked out of the playoffs by the Carolina Panthers.

Wilson completed 8-of-12 passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns in Team Irvin's 49-27 victory over Team Rice. He finished the game with a 149.3 passer rating.

Bennett had a sack and deflected a pass that led to an interception in the victory.

Grateful! Hard work pays off! #ProBowl2016 Winners! #TeamIrvin

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"It was exciting," Wilson told Seahawks.com. "To see Michael Bennett and myself be fortunate enough to get MVP. This opportunity is such a special thing. my rookie year I was selected for the Pro Bowl and I got to be around Drew Brees and Eli Manning and Peyton Manning, and just gain knowledge. Every day you get an opportunity, you have to take advantage of it, so I'm just grateful for that opportunity."

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