Late scratches to Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and New England’s Rob Gronkowski paved the way for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels to join the league’s best in the 2013 Pro Bowl.
Wilson and Daniels join Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas and Texans defensive end J.J. Watt as the four former Wisconsin Badgers to make the team.
Here’s a quick summary of their great seasons and how they ended up as Pro Bowl invitees:
TE Owen Daniels – (62 catches for 716 yards and 6 touchdowns)
Daniels was far from the best tight end in the game (not a great blocker), but he was an instrumental part of the Houston Texans pass-game this season. His six touchdowns were a career high and he plays in a scheme that utilized multiple tight ends. Daniels will split time with Cincinnati Bengals’ Jermaine Gresham in his second Pro Bowl appearance (2008).
OL Joe Thomas – (6th straight Pro Bowl nod)
Thomas is simply the best pass-blocking tackle in the league...