He expressed a desire to make the Pro Bowl as a rookie playing on a special team, Hufanga’s recognition did not materialize in his first season.
However, he earned the honor in his second NFL season as a full-time safe player.
Hufanga was one of six 49ers players selected to the NFC Pro Bowl team.
Tight end George Kittle, fullback Kyle Jusik, left tackle Trent Williams, defensive end Nick Bosa and linebacker Fred Warner were also named among the NFC West champions.
Wide receiver Deebo Samuel and running back Christian McCaffrey were named as second alternates.
Other substitutes were cornerback Charvarius Ward, kicker Robbie Gould, punter Mitch Wischnowski, return man Ray Ray MacLeod and center Jake Brendel.
Linebacker Dre Greenlaw, who leads the 49ers’ top-ranked defense in tackles, was the team’s biggest snub.
Hufanga took over Jaquiski Tartt as the starting lineup for the 49ers’ strong safety this season.
In 14 games, Hufanga has 75 tackles, 8 passes defended, and 4 interceptions, including 1 touchdown, 2 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles.
Bosa is a front-runner for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He was selected to his third Pro Bowl, his second in a row. Bosa leads the league with 15.5 sacks this season.
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Warner was selected to the Pro Bowl for the second time. He has 98 tackles, 10 passes defended, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception this season.
Juszczyk earned his seventh straight Pro Bowl appearance and his sixth appearance in six seasons with the 49ers.
Kittle was selected to the Pro Bowl for the fourth time. In his 12-game start this season, he has scored his 593 yards on his 46 receptions and six touchdowns.
Williams was selected to his 10th Pro Bowl and his third as a member of the 49ers. He is the ninth offensive lineman in NFL history to be selected to 10 or more Pro Bowls.
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