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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, December 22, 2015
WR DeANDRE HOPKINS AND DE J.J. WATT EARN
2016 PRO BOWL INVITATIONS
T DUANE BROWN NAMED ALTERNATE
HOUSTON – Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins and DE J.J. Watt were named to the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl, the NFL announced today. Houston will send Hopkins and Watt to Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii for the League’s feature of the best players on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. This marks the 12th consecutive season that the Texans have had at least one player elected to the Pro Bowl.
Hopkins will be making his first trip to the Pro Bowl after emerging as one of the league’s best receivers in 2015. He is currently ranked fourth in the NFL in both receiving yards (1,315) and receptions (97). He is also tied for seventh in the league in receiving touchdowns (10) and second in receiving first downs (74).
Hopkins became the third-youngest player in NFL history to reach 200 career receptions and 3,000 career receiving yards, behind only Larry Fitzgerald (23 years, 108 days) and David Boston (23 years, 126 days). He also became the first player in NFL history with at least nine catches and 145 receiving yards in three consecutive games (Weeks 4-6).
Additionally, the 23-year-old Hopkins broke numerous franchise records, including most receiving touchdowns in a single season and passed Andre Johnson for the most receptions (225) and receiving yards (3,327) for a player in his first three seasons in team history. Hopkins has five 100-yard receiving games this season and is averaging 13.6 yards per reception.
Watt is making his fourth-straight Pro Bowl appearance after putting together another dominant season on defense for the Texans. Watt passed Derrick Thomas (66.0) for the second-most career sacks in a player’s first five seasons in NFL history and became the second-fastest player in NFL history to reach 70.0 sacks (Reggie White, 57 games).
Watt has 66 tackles, 13.5 sacks for 87.5 yards, 25 tackles for loss, 44 quarterback hits, five passes defensed and one forced fumble. He is currently the league leader in quarterback hits, tackles for loss and is tied for second in the league in sacks. For his career, Watt has 70.5 sacks, 203 quarterback hits, 128 tackles for loss, 11 fumble recoveries, 13 forced fumbles, and 42 passes defensed.
Watt, who was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November, has five mutli-sack (2.0-or-more) games this season and 20 in his career, which is the second-most of any player in his first five seasons in NFL history. Watt also notched his fourth-straight season with 10.0-or-more sacks, which is the longest active streak in the NFL, and is the first Texan with four seasons of 10.0-or-more sacks.
Texans T Duane Brown was named an alternate.
The 2016 Pro Bowl teams will be determined through the Pro Bowl Draft. Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin will serve as alumni captains, choosing the two rosters.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
WR DeAndre Hopkins
DE J.J. Watt
WR DeANDRE HOPKINS
What does it mean to you to make the Pro Bowl?
“It means a lot to me. It’s an individual achievement but also, it’s really a team achievement as well because without my teammates, I wouldn’t be able to do the things that I do on the field. My offensive line, they hold up for me to make those catches that I make. My quarterbacks, they give me the chance to make those plays. It means a lot. I feel like it’s a team achievement also.”
Was making the Pro Bowl a goal of yours when you made it to the NFL?
“Oh yeah, of course, of course. Especially at my position, not a lot of receivers make it in their whole career to the Pro Bowl. Coming into the league, that was one goal I set for myself to make the Pro Bowl. I felt like if I did that, then that means my team’s success would come along with that. For me to play at a high caliber, that would help my team.”
What do you feel like separates you from other receivers?
“I would say my consistency of catching the ball, especially in critical situations and clutch situations. I think there are a lot of receivers that are good but when it comes down to those critical moments, I think that’s something that I excel at.”
What kind of specific improvements, if any, do you feel like you made this year to allow you to get this recognition?
“Learning the offense and the scheme and the system that I was in because last year was my first year but this being my second year, I wanted to become more of a student of the game and learn this offense more because it’s not an easy offense to learn. If you learn it and know it like the back of your hand, then you’ll be successful in this offense. I think that’s something that I improved in the offseason.”
Where do you feel like you can still improve even as you reach this milestone?
“A lot of things in my game I want to improve on. I feel like I have a lot of room to grow in. I’m only 23 and I’ve only been playing wide receiver since my rookie year in college, so five years now. There’s a lot of things that I can improve in. I couldn’t just point out one.”
DE J.J. WATT
What does it mean to you to be selected to four straight Pro Bowls?
“It’s an honor to be selected by coaches, players and fans. It is always humbling to be considered among the elite players in your sport.”
What do you enjoy about the experience of attending the Pro Bowl?
“The Pro Bowl is a great chance to get around the other great players in this league, share stories, share laughs and really just be able to hang out with a lot of the guys that you don’t normally get a chance to see.”
What drives you every year to maintain your high standard?
“My commitment to myself, to my family, to fans, my teammates and coaches. This is a game that people pay a lot of money to see, people pay a lot of money for jerseys and I have a lot of pride in my job. Every single year, I try to elevate my game even more to make my family, friends and fans proud.”