Four members of the Baltimore Ravens will be representing their team in Honolulu, Hawaii in the 2014 Pro Bowl on January 26, 2014. That is, only if the Ravens don’t make it to the Super Bowl.
Kicker Justin Tucker, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, and guard Marshal Yanda were all selected.
Tucker has led the league in field goals this season with 35 and hit a career high 61-yard field goal after sending the game-winning kick through the uprights in Detroit in Week 15. He has been a Pro Bowl frontrunner since the beginning of the season.
“What an incredible honor it is to be recognized like this by the players, coaches, and fans of the NFL,” Tucker said. “I am truly blessed to represent such a world-class organization, the Baltimore Ravens, and all of our fans who make up Ravens Nation.”
Ngata is returning to the Pro Bowl for the fifth year in a row. While Ngata has not lived up to his usual numbers, he has still been a dominant force on the Ravens defense.
“I’ve been blessed with so much, and I’m very thankful to be recognized as one of the NFL’s top players,” Ngata said.
Suggs has been the core of not only the Ravens’ defense, but the team as a whole. He has stepped up as a leader after the team lost Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. Suggs has ten sacks this season and 79 tackles.
“This is awesome, and I have to thank God for blessing me again,” Suggs said. “I also have to thank the most amazing fans in the world for voting. I can’t thank them enough. I also want to thank coach Harbaugh and my teammates for the constant push, and I must give a special credit to coach Monachino for the outstanding coaching. But most of all, I have to thank my brother, Haloti Ngata, for being a great teammate and an even better friend.”
This will be Suggs’ sixth trip to the Pro Bowl in his eleven years in the league.
Yanda seems to have made a full recovery after undergoing shoulder surgery during the offseason. Yanda was one of only two offensive linemen to return this season, alongside Michael Oher. As a veteran with the Ravens, Yanda has held the offensive line together during a season where it looked destined to collapse, earning him his third consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl.
While all four men are representing the Ravens organization as a whole, they may not be on the same team for this game. The 2014 Pro Bowl will be set up like a draft, as opposed to the traditional AFC versus NFC. Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice and Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders will be selecting the teams.