HOUSTON – Houston Texans RB Arian Foster and DE J.J. Watt were named to the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl, the NFL announced today. Houston will send Foster and Watt to Glendale, Ariz. for the League’s feature of the best players on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2014. This marks the 11th consecutive season that the Texans have had at least one player elected to the Pro Bowl.
Foster will be making his fourth trip to the Pro Bowl after bouncing back from an injury-plagued 2013 season. He is currently ranked fourth in the NFL with 1,223 yards rushing, despite missing three games this season.
Foster has seven 100-yard rushing games and eight rushing touchdowns and is averaging 4.8 yards per carry. In addition to his rushing total, he has 37 catches for 317 yards and a career-best four touchdown receptions and threw his first career touchdown pass against Baltimore in Week 16. Foster is over 1,500 scrimmage yards for the fourth time in his career.
Watt is making his third-straight Pro Bowl appearance after contributing on both sides of the ball, scoring three receiving touchdowns, an interception return touchdown and a fumble return touchdown. 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 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. Watt is the league leader in quarterback hits, tackles for loss and fumble recoveries, and is second in the league in sacks.
Texans T Duane Brown, WR DeAndre Hopkins and C Chris Myers were named as alternates.
The 2015 Pro Bowl teams will be determined through the Pro Bowl Draft held on Wednesday, January 21. Pro Football Hall of Famers Chris Carter and Michael Irvin will serve as alumni captains, choosing the two rosters.
Houston Texans in the Pro Bowl
# denotes Pro Bowl MVP
PRO BOWL QUOTES
RB Arian Foster
DE J.J. Watt
RB Arian Foster
(on what he enjoys most about the experience of the Pro Bowl) “It is kind of the League’s elite. It’s a place where you can meet the best in the business and learn from their experiences. It’s a place where the league’s elite are selected and it’s an honor.”
(on what he enjoys most about the experience of the Pro Bowl) “You get to meet the elite of the league and just enjoy the entire experience as a summation of the season.”
(on what it means to be voted in to the Pro Bowl) “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.”
(on which coaches and teammates played the biggest role in helping him make the Pro Bowl) “Everybody involved in the organization from the coach calling the plays to the chefs in the kitchen at the facility. Everybody plays an integral part to the success of everybody on the team and we appreciate them.”
(on what he did differently training-wise this season) “Coming off of a back injury, I really needed to focus on my core, so I trained at my brother’s gym called Nine Innovations here in Houston. His facility is made for building athletes from the core out.”
(on how it feels to go to the Pro Bowl when most players never make it) “I’m a guy that came from the ‘bottom of the bottom’ of the League being undrafted. 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.”
DE J.J. Watt
(on being selected to his third Pro Bowl) "Being selected to the Pro Bowl is always an honor. 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."
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