Watt, Foster make the Pro Bowl

TexansA pair of Houston Texans have been selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl. Running back Arian Foster and defensive end J.J. Watt are headed to the Pro Bowl for the fourth and third time, respectively.

Foster has gained at least 105 yards from scrimmage in 11 of his 12 games this season and has rushed for 100 yards or more seven times. He is over 1,500 yards from scrimmage for the fourth time in his career.

“Coming off of a back injury, I really needed to focus on my core,” Foster said of his fourth selection. “It means your league peers, the people that love the game, coaches, and fans all alike respect the way you play the game. It’s an honor.

“I’m a guy that came from the ‘bottom of the bottom’ of the League being undrafted,” Foster continued. “Every time you get an honor like this it’s an extreme compliment to your teammates who helped you get there and a testament to the hard work that you put in.”

For Watt, it’s his third straight season to be selected for the Pro Bowl. Watt is the first defensive linemen since Chicago Bears DE Connie Mack Berry in 1944 to have at least five touchdowns in a season and the first player since Chicago Bears DB J.C. Caroline in 1956 to score multiple touchdowns on offense and defense in the same season.

Watt is the league leader in quarterback hits, tackles for loss and fumble recoveries, and is second in the league in sacks. He has 72 tackles, 17.5 sacks for 120 yards, 25 tackles for loss, 47 quarterback hits, 10 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, a blocked extra point and two defensive touchdowns.

“Being selected to the Pro Bowl is always an honor,” Watt said. “I am very appreciative of everyone who voted for me and thankful for the opportunity to represent Houston. With that being said, outside of enjoying the company of my family for the holidays, my focus is on the Jacksonville Jaguars and our final regular season game on Sunday.”

Texans T Duane Brown, WR DeAndre Hopkins and C Chris Myers were named as alternates. Brown and Myers have been selected to the Pro Bowl on two other occasions. Last week, Hopkins, a second year receiver, became the 25th player in NFL history to top 2,000 yards receiving in his first two seasons.

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