The Baltimore Ravens will send seven players to the Pro Bowl this season, six of whom will start the game for the American Football Conference.
Those selected include: running back Ray Rice, fullback Vonta Leach, guard Marshal Yanda, linebacker Terrell Suggs, linebacker Ray Lewis, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and safety Ed Reed.
Of the seven, Yanda was the only one not to make the team as a starter.
Obviously Ravens fans would love to watch their players take part in the Pro Bowl, but I’m almost positive they’d prefer the alternative. Because the Super Bowl is now held a week before the Pro Bowl, teams who are fighting it out for the Lombardi Trophy do not take part in the majority of the Pro Bowl festivities.
For the 13th time in 16th seasons Lewis has been elected to the Pro Bowl despite missing four games due to a toe injury. The 36-year-old has recorded a team-best 88 tackles this season and has added two sacks and one interception.
Reed has been elected to his eighth Pro Bowl in his 10-year career. For the season, Reed has 48 tackles, three interceptions, eight passes defended one sack, and one forced fumble.
Ngata earns his third consecutive Pro Bowl nod after recording 60 tackles five sacks, four passes defended and two forced fumbles.
Suggs’ Pro Bowl spot was a given because of his career-high and AFC-best 13 sacks through the season’s first 15 games. It’s the fifth time in his career he’s been named to the squad, and the first time in his career he’s been named to the Pro Bowl in back to back seasons. Suggs has also forced six fumbles and has two interceptions.
For the second time in his four-year career, Rice has been named to the Pro Bowl. The Ravens’ running back has a league-high 1,869 yards from scrimmage this season, and his 1,173 is good for third best in the AFC.
He’ll be joined by running mate, Leach, who earns his second straight trip to Hawaii and his first as a Raven. This is the first time the 30-year-old will start at fullback in the Pro Bowl.
Perhaps the biggest snub from the Ravens roster was cornerback Lardarius Webb, who was not even named as an alternate despite not giving up a touchdown pass this season. Also, Webb has recorded a career-high and team-high five interceptions.