Five players on the New England Patriots have been selected for the 2015 Pro Bowl. The players that will get the honor to participate are Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Darrelle Revis, Stephen Gostkowski, and special teams expert Matthew Slater.
Brady has become a staple to the Pro Bowl, as he was named to game for a franchise record 10th time in his 15-year career. This year’s selection moves Brady ahead of Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Famer John Hannah, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection. It is Brady’s sixth consecutive selection to the all-star game. Brady heads into the final week of the season with 4,029 yards and 33 touchdown passes.
Gronkowski was named to the Pro Bowl for the third in his career, after playing his first full season since 2011. He heads into the final game of the season with 1,124 yards on 82 receptions with 12 touchdowns.
Revis was named to his sixth career Pro Bowl and first with the Patriots. Revis currently leads the NFL with 123 passes defensed since he entered the NFL in 2007 and has played a key role in a Patriots defense that is ranked 13th overall and eighth in scoring by allowing just 19.7 points per game.
Gostkowski was named to the Pro Bowl for the third time in his career and for the second straight season. He enters the final week of the season with an NFL-leading 147 points. Gostkowski became the Patriots’ all-time leading scorer this season. He is 32-of-34 on field goals in 2014 for a 94.1 field goal percentage. If he stays on pace, that will be the highest field goal percentage in team history for a season.
Slater earned his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl selection as a special teams specialist. The former fifth-round draft pick out of UCLA earned a roster position with the Patriots as a rookie in 2008 with his contributions on special teams. He leads the Patriots in special teams tackles for three of the last four seasons and enters the final week of the 2014 season with a team-leading 14 special teams tackles.
The Pro Bowl will take place on Jan. 25, 2015, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., site of Super Bowl XLIX. However, if the Patriots reach the Super Bowl, none of them will be allowed to play in the Pro Bowl.