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Ravens Have Four Pro Bowlers

Posted Dec 27, 2013

Kicker Justin Tucker, RG Marshal Yanda, OLB Terrell Suggs and DT Haloti Ngata named to team.


No Ravens player lead at their position after Pro Bowl fan voting, but the rest of the league’s players and coaches are sending several to Hawaii.

Kicker Justin Tucker, right guard Marshal Yanda, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata have been elected to the 2013 Pro Bowl.

Under the new format, the teams are not split by conference affiliation. Players are now entered into a pool and will be chosen during the first-ever Pro Bowl draft on Jan. 22.

It will be Tucker’s first trip in just his second year. He hit 35 of 38 field-goal attempts this year and had a streak of 33 consecutive field goals, the fourth-longest ever in the NFL. Tucker’s 35 made field goals is the most in the NFL and his 92.1 percent conversion rate is seventh.

Tucker hit an overtime game-winner against Cincinnati and his 61-yarder to win in Detroit on Monday Night Football left the NFL world in shock. He beat out New England’s Stephen Gostkowski (the winner of the fan vote) for the Pro Bowl spot.

"What an incredible honor it is to be recognized like this by the players, coaches and fans of the NFL,” Tucker stated. "I am truly blessed to represent such a world-class organization, the Baltimore Ravens, and all of our fans who make up Ravens Nation. I will forever be thankful to the Ravens for giving me a chance to come in and compete for a job after going undrafted last year.

"My gratitude extends to so many who have aided me on this journey, especially John Harbaugh, Jerry Rosburg, Randy Brown, Morgan Cox, Sam Koch and all my teammates. I am truly blessed and very thankful for this."

The rest of the Ravens Pro Bowlers are repeat visitors.

Yanda will go for the third straight year, cementing his status as one of the league’s best guards.

Despite coming back from offseason shoulder surgery, Yanda has been a steady force on the re-shuffled Ravens offensive line. He’s a mauler who showed his stuff against some of the league’s top competition, such as when he manhandled Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Suggs will be making his sixth visit (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013). He came back from an Achilles injury that limited him last year with an explosive start to this season. He had nine sacks in the Ravens’ first eight games. He notched his 10th sack of the year against Tom Brady and the Patriots last Sunday.

“This is awesome, and I have to thank God for blessing me again,” Suggs stated. "I also have to thank the most amazing fans in the world for voting. I can't thank them enough. I also want thank coach Harbaugh and my teammates for the constant push, and I must give a special credit to coach [Ted] 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."

Ngata will be making his fifth consecutive trip. He hasn’t put up the stats this year, but has been a strong force inside, and is playing better this year than in previous seasons. Ngata has 1.5 sacks and 45 tackles. He wrecked the Jets, Steelers and Lions in three of the past five games.

"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. "I'm also thankful for my teammates and coaches who have helped me get there. But more than anything, I want to thank my wife and kids, who make my life easier off the football field by being so supportive.”

Vonta Leach is a first alternate at fullback and Jacoby Jones is a third alternate at kickoff/punt returner.

 

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