Mack added to Pro Bowl roster

Posted Jan 24, 2011

Second-year Browns center Alex Mack was added to the AFC's Pro Bowl roster, the team announced Monday afternoon.

On Monday afternoon, second-year center Alex Mack was selected to replace Nick Mangold of the New York Jets in Sunday evening’s Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mack, a second alternate, joins left tackle Joe Thomas in Hawaii for the game.

Mack is a first-time Pro Bowl participant and enjoyed hearing the news of his selection.

“I’m really excited to be able to go out there for the Pro Bowl,” Mack said via telephone Monday morning. “It’s something you definitely aim for your whole career and so, to make it early on is just fantastic.

“I got an email actually. I jumped up and down and ran around the room a couple times,” he added. “I texted just about everyone that I knew. I called [my parents] this morning. They were really excited. They were fired up and I know my mom’s going to try to get a plane ticket out.”

With Monday’s announcement, Mack became the sixth Browns center to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl. Tom DeLeone (1980-81), Hall of Famer Frank “Gunner” Gatski (1957), Fred Hoaglin (1970), Art Hunter (1960) and John Morrow (1962, 1964) are the only other centers in team history to make it to the Pro Bowl.

In 2010, Mack cleared the way for first-year Browns running back Peyton Hillis to run for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns. For the second straight year, Mack made every offensive snap next to Thomas and left guard Eric Steinbach.

While this will be Mack’s first trip to the Pro Bowl, Thomas will make his fourth consecutive all-star appearance.

“It’ll be fun to have Joe there,” said Mack. “Hopefully, we can win a lot more games next year and have a lot more teammates.

“One of the best things about coming into the league was that the level of teammates is really excellent,” he continued. “Just to have the quality of teammates to be with you is really special. To be able to handle anything and go out there, to have some real pros that know what they’re doing, has been a real joy to be around.”

After another set of cold December and January games in Cleveland, a trip to Hawaii is just what the doctor ordered for Mack, a University of California product.

“I’m going to soak in the entire experience in full,” he said. “It’s going to be nice. I’m actually in California now, so it’s going from really good to just a little bit better.”

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