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Joe Thomas & Alex Mack to Represent Cleveland Browns in Pro Bowl

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On Tuesday, 86 players were named to the 2016 Pro Bowl, including two members of the Cleveland Browns: LT Joe Thomas and C Alex Mack.

Joe Thomas

  • This is the ninth straight Pro Bowl that Thomas has been named to.
  • He joins Hall of Fame RB Jim Brown and K Lou Groza for the most Pro Bowl appearances by a member of the Browns, and he's already building on the NFL record for most consecutive Pro Bowls by an offensive lineman to start his career.
  • If Thomas makes a tenth straight Pro Bowl next year, then the only player with more consecutive Pro Bowls to begin his career would be DT Merlin Olsen with fourteen.
  • Thomas finished sixth in the fan voting for offensive tackles. There were six offensive tackles named to the Pro Bowl, but there is no telling who the players and coaches voted for.

Alex Mack

  • This is his third Pro Bowl. His other Pro Bowl seasons were in 2010 and 2013. He probably would've made the Pro Bowl in 2014 if it weren't for him suffering a broken leg.
  • Mack finished tenth in the fan voting for centers. There were four centers named to the Pro Bowl, so players and coaches must hold Mack in high regard. If he opts out, that would lead one to believe that there would be a pretty big market for him.

Other Notes

  • ST Johnson Bademosi, TE Gary Barnidge, and PR Travis Benjamin named as alternates.
  • Barnidge is the closest one to being a snub. Greg Olsen, Travis Kelce, Rob Gronkowski, and Tyler Eifert all made it ahead of him. All four of those teams will likely make the playoffs, and if one or more of them make the Super Bowl, Barnidge could still get in.
  • Remember that Benjamin is an alternate as a punt returner, not a wide receiver. Similarly, Bademosi is an alternate as a special teams coverage player, not a cornerback.
  • Last year, CB Joe Haden and FS Tashaun Gipson made the initial Pro Bowl.
  • Players will be assigned to teams through the Pro Bowl Draft, which will air on ESPN2 on Wednesday, January 27.