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Five Browns named to Pro Bowl

Posted Dec 27, 2013

Five members of the Cleveland Browns have been named to the 2014 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Friday night.

Cleveland Browns defensive back Joe Haden, wide receiver Josh Gordon, tight end Jordan Cameron, center Alex Mack, and left tackle Joe Thomas have been named to the 2014 Pro Bowl, the most for the team since six Browns made the 2008 game.

The NFL’s annual all-star game will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Jan. 26.

In addition, Browns safety T.J. Ward was selected as an alternate for the Pro Bowl.

Gordon leads the Browns with 1,564 receiving yards, nine touchdowns, and 80 receptions despite missing the first two games of the season while serving a league-mandated suspension.

The receiving yards are already a single-season franchise record, and of his 14 career touchdown receptions, Gordon has scored from 20 or more yards on 13 occasions. In 29 games with the Browns, Gordon has gained a franchise-best 2,367 receiving yards, and his 80 catches in 2013 are tied for the sixth-most on the team’s single-season receptions list.

After breaking and resetting the franchise record for receiving yards in back-to-back weeks (Nov. 24 against Pittsburgh and Dec. 1 against Jacksonville), Gordon totaled 151 yards and one touchdown, an 80-yard score, against the New England Patriots three weeks ago. In doing so, Gordon broke Braylon Edwards’ team record for receiving yards in a single season (1,289), a mark set in the 2007 season.

In addition to owning the NFL records for the most yards in a two-game (498), three-game (623) and four-game stretch (774), and having the first back-to-back 200-yard receiving games in NFL history, Gordon ranks first in the NFL in receiving yards, receiving yards-per-game average (120.3), longest catch (95 yards against Jacksonville), longest touchdown, receptions of 20 (28) and 40 or more yards (nine).

“I was taken aback. I was definitely shocked, surprised. It’s a dream come true, honestly. I’m definitely grateful.

“It definitely hit me just a few minutes ago when I saw my face on TV. It’s almost a surreal event for me, seeing as though has fast this happened and how big of a turnaround went in my life. I’m definitely honored and blessed to have this happen so early in my career. I can’t wait to get out there and show what I can do.”

Haden has defended 67 passes in 57 career games, an average of 1.18 per game since the 2010 season. That is the second-highest average of any NFL player with at least 50 career pass breakups since the start of the 1994 season.

Along with Browns safety Tashaun Gipson, Haden is tied for seventh in the NFL with four interceptions this season, one of which he returned for a 29-yard touchdown at the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 17.

“I wanted to be recognized for the work that I’ve been doing,” Haden said. “The biggest thing for me, honestly, is for our team to get these wins, but doing the best and being the best at my position is going to help. It’s all good.

“It’s so humbling to be in the Pro Bowl. I’m just trying to do my thing, my part, do what I can do to get the Browns to be the best. I’m trying to be the best corner in the game. I’m just overwhelmed that it happened.”

Although happy, Haden admitted he has bigger goals to accomplish in his career.

“This isn’t the ultimate goal,” Haden said. “This is amazing. I’m so blessed and humbled to be a part of the Pro Bowl, but if we were playing in the Super Bowl and I couldn’t play in the Pro Bowl, it would be perfect.”

Cameron ranks second to Gordon with 75 receptions, which is eighth on the team’s single-season catches list.

Cameron has turned those 75 receptions into 848 yards and seven touchdowns. By catching a touchdown from Jason Campbell against the Patriots three weeks ago, Cameron became the first Brown ever to catch a touchdown from four different players in a single season.

Cameron’s receptions and yardage totals are the second-most in the NFL among tight ends this season. His seven touchdowns are tied for fifth and 23 third-down receptions are second in the NFL among tight ends.

The seven touchdowns are the second-most by a Browns tight end in a single season. With the four-yard touchdown reception against the Patriots, Cameron passed  Pro Football Hall of

Fame tight end Ozzie Newsome for the second-most touchdowns by a tight end in a single season. Newsome holds the record of nine touchdowns, which he set in 1979.

Thomas has earned his seventh straight Pro Bowl invitation, something only one other offensive lineman, Richmond Webb of the Miami Dolphins, has been able to accomplish.

Since being selected by the Browns with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, Thomas has started each of the 111 games and taken 6,859 consecutive snaps. He is tied for the third-longest streak of consecutive starts among active NFL offensive linemen.

A first-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Mack has started 79 straight games, and begun 4,934 consecutive plays for the team.

“It’s a great honor,” Mack said. “Offensive line is a team position. You really depend heavily on the people next to you, and it’s a cohesive unit. I owe a lot to my coaches and my teammates. I was pretty fired up. I was really excited. It’s a great honor. You put a lot of work into this sport, and it’s good to get recognized.”

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