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The NFL announced the Pro Bowl rosters today, and the Cleveland Browns will have at least two players representing the AFC. Left tackle Joe Thomas has made the Pro Bowl for the sixth consecutive year. That seemed like a given. The one that Browns fans should be especially proud of is the fact that for the first time in his 14-year career, kicker Phil Dawson has made it as well.
Dawson has been one of the most consistent kickers in NFL history year in and year out. The Browns have used the franchise tag on him two years in a row, but that seems unlikely to happen for a third consecutive season given the outrageous money he would have to be given. If this is the end of the road for Dawson in a Browns uniform, I'm thrilled that he was finally recognized for his achievements (besides just Cleveland fans rooting for him). If you have the chance, head on over to Twitter and give a shot out to @phil_dawson_4.
The Browns also had three players who were named as first alternates: KR/ST Joshua Cribbs, C Alex Mack, and LB D'Qwell Jackson. Cribbs finished behind the Ravens' Jacoby Jones at kick returner, and the Patriots' Matthew Slater as the general special teamer. Mack finished behind the Steelers' Maurkice Pouncey and Texans' Chris Myers. Jackson finished behind the Patriots' Jerod Mayo and the Chiefs' Derrick Johnson.
The full Pro Bowl rosters can be found here. Do you think there were any snubs or surprises?