Morgan Cox Is the NFL's First True Pro Bowl Long Snapper


Remember the Rich Eisen-led campaign a few years back that "Punters Are People Too"?

Well Morgan Cox is making long snappers people too.

Cox was instrumental in changing the rules to allow for Pro Bowl voting for long snappers. Then he was chosen by his peers and coaches as the AFC's representative.

That makes Cox one of the first two truly democratically voted Pro Bowl long snappers in NFL history. The Eagles' Rick Lovato is the NFC's representative.

"This is kind of a significant, historic event if you can call it that," Cox said with a chuckle Thursday.

"For me be selected as the guy is overwhelming, to know that the other guys see me in that light. Our motto is that nobody knows who we are. To be noticed in a good light is really gratifying."

Since 1996, every team in the NFL has had a dedicated long snapper. But until this year, the long snappers for each Pro Bowl team were hand-picked by the coaching staff of each Pro Bowl team rather than being voted on democratically.

Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona, who Cox formed a relationship with when Cardona was at Navy, approached Cox with the idea after Sunday Night Football on Nov. 3. Cox agreed, so he started up a group chat with the NFL's other 31 long snappers to discuss it.

Eventually, the idea to have coaches and players vote for the best long snappers was brought to the NFL's competition committee, which approved the change. They didn't include fan voting because, really, what fan knows the long snapper for any other team but theirs?

Cox took his vote very seriously. He watched every single punt and field goal from every other AFC long snapper in the league before casting his vote.

Cox was selected to go to the Pro Bowl in 2015 and 2016 when the Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff picked him in back-to-back years. That felt great, but to be voted in by his peers is even better.

"It still meant a huge amount to me," Cox said of his earlier honors. "But now, just like every other position, it's an honor because you're selected by your peers and those that pay attention to the trade."

The Ravens are known for being a kicker factory, but they also have a history of churning out long snappers. The Bears' Patrick Scales, Raiders' Trent Sieg, Jaguars' Matthew Orzech, Dolphins' Taybor Pepper and more came through Baltimore at some point.

Cox has been the Ravens' long snapper for 10 seasons. He signed a five-year deal with Baltimore in 2016, showing the team's commitment to the best in the game and a key part of The Wolfpack trio.

"For somebody like a long snapper to not get any recognition for the life of the NFL, that's kind of bull," punter Sam Koch said. "You watch the snappers out there in the league, you realize who's the best one. … He's got the consistency, the willingness to learn and to actually block people."

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