NFL News: Five Browns players named to Pro Bowl

Five Cleveland Browns players were named to the Pro Bowl on Friday, the most in the AFC North this season.

Wide receiver Josh Gordon, tight end Jordan Cameron, tackle Joe Thomas, center Alex Mack and cornerback Joe Haden are all on their way to Hawaii. It’s the most Pro Bowl players for the Browns since receiving six nods in 2007, their last winning season.

It is the first Pro Bowl for Gordon, Cameron and Haden. Gordon currently leads all NFL receivers with 1,564 yards this season. He’s expected to become the first Cleveland Brown to lead the league in receiving since 1949. Cameron is the team’s first tight end to make the Pro Bowl since Kellen Winslow in 2008. Haden is regarded as one of the game’s top corners, but it’s surprisingly his first Pro Bowl in his fourth season.

Thomas is a Hawaii veteran, as this will be his ninth straight Pro Bowl game. He’s made the annual All-Star affair every season of his career. It’s the second trip for Mack, whose Browns future is up in the air after Week 17. John Morrow and Tom DeLeone are the only two other Browns centers to make multiple Pro Bowls.

Safety T.J. Ward also was named as an alternate for the roster. He had a campaign commercial for the Pro Bowl earlier in the year. Baltimore has four honorees while Cincinnati and Pittsburgh each have two. Denver, Carolina and New Orleans each had five as well, while San Francisco, Seattle and Kansas City had the most selections.

As announced previously, the Pro Bowl will have a fantasy draft-style selection process this year. The rosters are not composed by AFC and NFC. Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will pick their teams on Jan. 22.

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  • CTownPride

    The Browns did not make the playoffs in 2007. It was their last winning season with a 10-6 record.

  • MrCleaveland

    A fantasy-style draft . . . the Pro Bowl has officially jumped the shark.

  • Bob

    Also, why is Josh Gordon eligible if he was suspended for two games? (thinking along the lines of how Haden was ineligible after beginning last season)

    *Thomas was drafted in ’07. That would make it his 7th pro bowl.

  • Brad in ATL

    5 pro bowlers + 0 QB’s = 4 wins

  • B-bo

    The believe the difference is what substance each was suspended for.

  • BuckeyeDawg

    I actually like the idea. “Playground style” could be fun. Probably still not going to watch it, though…

  • B-bo

    Given the new format Alex Mack might get his first chance to play against his fellow Browns.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Two more then I thought they’d have but at this point does it really matter?

  • Petefranklin

    And thanks to Banner, it won’t be his last.

  • mgbode

    Possibly six with Ward too. Out only matters in that it shows we are not the only ones that see more talent on the team than in the past.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    The silver lining to a miserable season? KC had like 5-6 Pro Bowlers last year and the worst record. This year they have obviously turned it around. At least we have league-wide recognized talent in some areas.

  • Derek

    Maybe next year we will be this years chiefs….. Maybe??