Alabama Lands 5 Alumni on 2020 NFL Pro Bowl Roster
With more active players in the NFL than any other program in the country, five Alabama Crimson Tide alumni have been voted onto the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl roster. With ballots cast by NFL fans, players and coaches Alabama secured more Bro Bowl players than any other collegiate program, with the exception of LSU, which also had five.
The following players were voted into the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl:
- Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
- Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders
- Ryan Kelly, Indianapolis Colts
- Marlon Humphrey, Baltimore Ravens
- Minkah Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh Steelers
Beginning up front, Ryan Kelly is selected to his second-straight Pro Bowl in just his fourth year in the NFL as a first-round pick for the Indianapolis Colts. Kelly has started all 64 possible games for the Colts in his career, including 13 so far this season.
Kelly has allowed just two sacks and 11 quarterback pressures on the season, tied for the fifth-fewest among NFL centers. Pro Football Focus also grades him as the eighth-best center in football with a 69.3 grade on the season.
Kelly leads one of the best offensive line groups in the entire NFL. as the man in the middle directing traffic, the Colts have allowed just 15 sacks all season. The 14 taken on by starting quarterback Philip Rivers is tied for 32nd in the NFL.
One of the league's premier center-fielding safeties, Minkah Fitzpatrick has also been selected to his second-straight Pro Bowl as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Fitzpatrick has 59 tackles this season, nine pass defenses, four interceptions, one of which was a pick-six against the Cleveland Browns, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. With just one interception and another defensive score failing him, Fitzpatrick has surpassed his numbers from a year ago that put him in the 2019 NFL Defensive Play of the Year conversation despite what many have considered a quiet year for the third-year player.
All this on top of the fact teams still refuse to throw the ball in his direction. In 13 games, receivers in Fitzpatrick's area have caught just 13 of 22 passes. Last year, quarterbacks tested him 25 times and he snagged five interceptions in the process.
Without a doubt one of the NFL most feared defenders just four years into his career, Marlon Humphrey earns his second straight Pro Bowl selection.
"Thank you to the fans, players and coaches who helped vote me into the Pro Bowl," Humphrey told the Baltimore Ravens team press. "It is an honor to be on the roster."
Humphrey has 75 tackles, 2.5 sacks, an interception, eight pass deflections and eight forced fumbles. Humphrey came into the 2020 season with a reputation for punching the ball out of unsuspecting receivers' hands, however, he began the 2020 campaign with only three forced fumbles in his career. His eight trail the single-season record of 10 set by Chicago Bear legend Charles Tillman in 2012.
Humphrey's no slouch in coverage either. He's seen 82 passes fly his way, allowing just 53 receptions for 500 yards and one touchdown.
Josh Jacobs, in just his second NFL season, has proven yet again he is the lifeblood of the Las Vegas Raiders' offense. This is Jacobs's first selection to the NFL Pro Bowl.
Jacobs is sixth in the NFL in rushing with 907 yards on 245 carries in 13 games. His 10 rushing touchdowns are also good for sixth in the NFL. Jacobs has also gotten more involved in the passing game with 33 receptions for 238 yards, both of which eclipse his rookie numbers from last year.
Tide 100.9 has named Josh Jacobs the Bama Pro of the Week twice this season for exceptional performances in weeks one and five.
The selection that was simply elementary, Derrick Henry has been selected to his second-straight Pro Bowl.
There's little Henry hasn't done this year. He leads the NFL in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, along with breaking countless other records and milestones along the way.
Through 14 games, Henry has rushed for a career-high 1679 yards on a career-high 321 carries. He's scored 15 touchdowns on the ground, just one shy of his benchmark from a year ago. He's broken 24 tackles this year with half of his yardage coming after contact (863.) He's also run for 81 first downs on the season.
With two games remaining, Henry is hoping to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark. If he passes 2,006, he'll hold the Titans' single-season rushing record for rushing yards, a mark set by Chris Johnson in 2009. Erick Dickerson's 1984 record of 2,105 might seem out of reach, but Henry is in the NFL MVP conversation for a reason. It would not be wise to doubt him.
Tide 100.9 has awarded Henry the Bama Pro of the Week on four separate occasions, and honestly, it could have been way more. He took the award home in weeks three, six, 11 and 12.
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