LT Joe Thomas Only Browns Player Elected to Start in the 2011 Pro Bowl

Joe Thomas has been selected=He hasn’t missed a snap since joining the Browns in 2007, and he hasn’t missed a Pro Bowl either. For the fourth time in his four years in the league, left tackle Joe Thomas has been named to the Pro Bowl. He was named as a starter and, much to the dismay of Browns fans, is the only the Browns player who will be starting in the game.

Running back Peyton Hillis was well on his way to locking up a spot on the Pro Bowl roster, but he hasn’t scored a touchdown in four weeks and his rushing yards are lacking behind the three AFC Pro Bowl running backs. However, when you combine rushing and receiving yards in addition to touchdowns, Hillis makes a strong case for the Pro Bowl roster:

Peyton Hillis: 1,638 total yards, 13 total touchdowns

2010 AFC Pro Bowl Running Backs

Maurice Jones-Drew: 1,641 total yards, 7 total touchdowns

Arian Foster: 2,030 total yards, 16 total touchdowns

Jamaal Charles: 1,835 total yards, 7 total touchdowns

It’s a pretty strong resume for Hillis, but the Browns’ record (and recent play) certainly didn’t help his cause. Hills was, however, named as a second alternate, along with Eric Steinbach and Alex Mack.

Josh Cribbs, Ray Ventrone, and Lawrence Vickers were named third alternates while rookie cornerback Joe Haden was named a fourth alternate.

As the snooze-fest that is the Pro Bowl nears, more and more players will drop out for one reason or another, so it’s likely that we will see at least a couple more Browns make it onto the roster. Major congratulations go out to Joe Thomas, though, for not knowing an off-season without a Pro Bowl nomination.

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  • Clayton

    You won’t find a bigger fan of Hillis than me. I think he has been a remarkable addition to the Team this year, and single-handedly (although with superb blocking by the best fullback in the NFL) kept us in or won us a few games this year.

    But, having said all of that, I agree with Peyton being left off the Pro Bowl roster. For me, to earn a berth, you must be consistent throughout the season, and even more important, you have to step up and play your best football when it is crunch time. Peyton, whether due to fatigue, injury and/or play calling, has not done that. Rather, he has played his worst football ever since the Browns were in a position to win out and make a run at the playoffs. For that, in spite of my admiration for him, he is not a Pro Bowl candidate.

  • Terry

    I agree.I can’t see Hillis making the pro bowl at 6th in the conference in rushing, as much as I like him. I don’t see anybody else on the roster that that should be there. Maybe Hodges. Progress, huh?