Former Alabama Defensive Lineman Headed to Pro Bowl
Former Alabama defensive lineman Daron Payne is headed to the 2023 Pro Bowl.
"Washington Commanders defensive tackle Daron Payne has been named to the 2023 NFC Pro Bowl. Payne is replacing Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald who is unable to participate due to injury," said the Commanders official press release.
The Birmingham, Ala., native spent three seasons at the Capstone (2015-17). During his Tide tenure, he recorded 102 total tackles (39 solo, 63 assisted), five tackles for loss for 23 yards, three sacks for 20 yards, six passes defended, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, and one interception.
The former national champion was drafted at No. 13 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft by Washington and became a part of the team's starting lineup from the get-go.
In his professional career, the fifth-year player has recorded 266 total tackles (136 solo, 130 assisted), 26 sacks, 14 passes defended, one safety, and one interception.
Payne joins Alabama alumnus' Derrick Henry, Josh Jacobs, Quinnen Williams, C.J. Mosley, Marlon Humphrey, Pat Surtain II, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Jalen Hurts, Jonathan Allen, and Trevon Diggs in receiving a Pro Bowl bid.
The 25-year-old just finished out his rookie contract with the Commanders this season and will become an unrestricted free agent later in the year.