(Via Tampa Bay Buccaneers Communications) - The National Football League announced today that Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and cornerback Darrelle Revis have each been named to the 2014 Pro Bowl.
McCoy, who was named to his first career Pro Bowl selection last season, becomes the first Buccaneer player to earn consecutive Pro Bowl honors since CB Rondé Barber (2004-06) and Brooks (1997-2006). The former third overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft posted career highs in sacks (9.0) and tackles for loss (15) this season, while starting all 15 games for Tampa Bay. His 9.0 sacks lead the Buccaneers, are tied for the third-most by a defensive tackle in the NFL this season and are tied for the fifth-most by a defensive tackle in team history.
McCoy is only the fourth Buccaneers defensive lineman to earn multiple Pro Bowl berths, joining DT Warren Sapp (7), DE Lee Roy Selmon (6) and DE Simeon Rice (2).
“I’m honored. Guys really have been taking care of me. It’s difficult to make it to the Pro Bowl once, but to make it back-to-back years, that’s pretty tough, especially coming off of back-to-back injuries. To bounce back and be able to do this, I think it’s been seven to eight years since this has happened [a Buccaneer having consecutive Pro Bowl seasons], so it’s definitely an honor. I’m just happy that the fans and the coaches and the players think this highly of me.”
Revis earned his fifth career Pro Bowl selection in his first season with the Buccaneers. The seven-year veteran previously earned four consecutive Pro Bowl selections from 2008-11 while with the New York Jets prior to being traded to Tampa Bay. This season, Revis leads the Buccaneers in passes defensed and is the top-rated cornerback on ProFootballFocus.com. He is the first Buccaneers defensive back to earn Pro Bowl honors since Barber (2008), and is one of only five Tampa Bay defensive backs to ever be selected (Barber – 5; John Lynch – 5; Donnie Abraham – 1; Wayne Haddix – 1).
“It’s always an honor to get selected to the Pro Bowl and I'm looking forward to participating in the new format,” said Revis. “While I still believe I’m capable of more, this selection shows that people around the league respect the way I prepare and play. I’m excited to be able to share the experience with Gerald and I'm still holding out hope that Lavonte will be able to join us because he's very deserving as well."