The NFL announced it’s Pro-Bowl team on Tuesday night and the Miami Dolphins will be sending offensive LT Jake Long to the game for the 2nd year in a row.
Long was the top vote getter at the tackle position and it will mark a two for two for the young lineman. Long was sent to the game last year as a rookie despite being an alternate to starter Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns. This year, it’s Thomas who is the 2nd tackle.
Long will also be the lone Dolphins attending the “home” game this February in Miami sandwiched between the Conference final playoff games and the Super Bowl. Tickets are still available.
The Dolphins lost out on sending two others…possibly as only Ricky Williams and FB Lousaka Polite had seasons that could have been “PB” caliber.
For Williams, his first 1,000 yard rushing season in 6 years was not enough to get him on the RB list. Possibly due to his late season emergence following Ronnie Brown’s season ending foot injury. Pro-Bowl balloting had already begun prior to Browns injury and it’s likely that took away votes from Williams.
For Polite, he lost out to the Baltimore Ravens FB. Polite who was first down money on 3rd and short all season converted a staggering 98 percent of his 3rd down attempts for 1st downs. Still, with the teams up and down season it’s not a surprise that the Phins were unable to get his numbers noticed.
Still, congratulations Jake Long on earning your 2nd Pro-Bowl as a pro!