NFL News: Joe Thomas and Phil Dawson named to the 2013 Pro Bowl

Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson and offensive tackle Joe Thomas have been named to the 2013 AFC Pro Bowl squad, the league announced today.

In addition, Joshua Cribbs was selected as a first alternative as both a kick return specialist and as a special teamer, D’Qwell Jackson was named a first alternate at inside linebacker and Alex Mack was named a first alternate at center.

“I was happy that Phil and Joe were recognized for having Pro Bowl seasons,” said Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur.  “Phil has been one of the most consistent kickers in the NFL throughout his career, and this year he was near-perfect, including many long-range field goals. I believe it is very appropriate that he is getting his due credit after 14 years in the league. Joe has established himself as one of the top left tackles in the game, and he has played at a very high level once again this year.  He was a big part of the improvement that I felt we made as an offense.”

Dawson is the first Browns player to be selected to the Pro Bowl as a kicker (Lou Groza was selected as tackle). Dawson’s 96.6 (28 of 29) field goal percentage this season leads the AFC and he is 6 for 6 on field goals from 50 yards or longer, which is tied for the most in the AFC. With 112 points, he extended his team-record to six 100-point seasons in his career. He also set a career-high with 29 touchbacks this season, surpassing his previous best of 12 in 2008. The longest tenured member of the Browns, Dawson owns an 84.2 career field-goal percentage, which ranks first all-time in NFL history among the 25 kickers with 300 or more field goals.

Thomas has been selected to the Pro Bowl in all six of his NFL seasons. He has not missed an offensive snap since joining the Browns as the third overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft, starting all 15 contests at left tackle this season. Thomas joins Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown (1958-66) as the only Browns selected to the Pro Bowl in each of their first six seasons in the league. The last Browns player to be named to six consecutive Pro Bowls was Hall of Fame running back Leroy Kelly, who earned the honor for the 1967-72 Pro Bowls. Thomas is one of six Browns to earn Pro Bowl honors six or more times. He joins Richmond Webb (Miami Dolphins, 1991-97 Pro Bowls) as the only NFL offensive linemen to be named to the Pro Bowl in each of their first six seasons since 1970.

The 2013 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 27 in Honolulu, Hawaii, and televised by NBC in prime time at 7:00 p.m. ET.

[Related: Reggie Hodges wrote an open letter to Cleveland for Phil Dawson]

  • Kildawg

    Chant with me: “We’re not worthy, we’re not worthy…”

  • Kildawg

    How did that ancient Lewis guy pass up DQ for MLB? Hopefully we can have a Pro Bowler for every win we have…

  • Tim

    I really hope we bring back Dawson next season. If we’re going to improve and have a chance to make a run at the playoffs, I’d hate to see a missed field goal costing us a must-win game. Plus, when was the last time we were anywhere close to the salary cap? Giving Dawson a multi-year deal and maybe a small raise isn’t going to kill us in free agency. Aren’t we going to need to increase our payroll to get to the salary floor anyway?

  • Steve

    Uncle Phil finally gets his due.

  • Jaker

    Pouncey is very overrated. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a very good O Lineman, but he gets way too much credit because he was a high profile pick by a legendary franchise. His pro bowls were given to him before he had a chance to earn them

  • Jay

    I was kind of surprised that Thomas got the starting nod. He’s had a down year in my opinion. But If his ‘down’ year is Pro-Bowl worthy, I’ll take it. I thing DQ-52 got robbed. He’s the best LB in the AFC this year in my opinion. And of course LONG overdue for Captain Phil. Congrats Mr. Dawson.

  • Jaker

    We have a good chance at a few of our alternates getting in as well. If New England wins the AFC, Mayo and Slater will be out of the Pro Bowl and Jackson and Cribbs will be in. If the Texans go, Myers will be out and Mack will be in. If the Ravens go(please no), Jones is out and Cribbs is in. Not to mention any injury substitutions. I think we end up getting 3-5 Pro Bowlers when it’s all said and done.

    And does anyone know if we have any second or third alternates? Just wondering where Rubin, Mitch and TRich fell on the list.

  • congrats to Dawson finally getting the pro-bowl nod!

  • porckchopexpress

    Thomas gave up 3 sacks and 3 QB “pressures” this year. The Browns attempted 534 passes this year, which mean with Joe Thomas facing the best pass rusher(s) that every team has to offer he got beat about 1 out of every 178 times and almost got beat the same number. That is an insane level of production. If that is down I can’t imagine what a “good” year is.

  • Jaker

    Two out of those three sacks were because Ware and Freeney had a great jump on Weeden, who needs to change the snap count more often

  • Jay

    I guess I should have been more specific about what I meant. I was referring to, what seemed to me, more penalties than normal. It appeared he got flagged a lot for false starts, holding, etc then he has in years past. I could be wrong, which would be a first 🙂