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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, guard Jahri Evans, tight end Jimmy Graham, guard Ben Grubbs and defensive end Cameron Jordan were named to the 2014 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Friday night.
It is Brees' eighth Pro Bowl selection overall and his seventh as a member of the Saints. Only Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle William Roaf (7), has been selected to the Pro Bowl as many times in franchise record books.Brees' six consecutive selections rank second in club records behind Roaf's seven.
Brees, 6-0, 209, is in his 13th NFL season and eighth with the Saints. In 2013, he has started all 15 games and completed 422-of-619 passes (68.2%) for 4,781 yards with 35 touchdown passes and a 101.8 passer rating, finishing the season ranked first in the league in both passing yardage and touchdown passes. Through 15 games, he is ranked second in the NFL in attempts, completions, completion percentage, passing yardage and touchdown passes.
In his 13-year NFL career, the Purdue University product, who originally entered the NFL as a second round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers in 2001, before signing with the Saints as an unrestricted free agent in 2006, has played in 185 games (184 starts) and has completed 4,457 of 6,768 passes (65.9%) for 50,700 yards, 359 touchdown passes and a 95.0 passer rating. He's the NFL's all-time second-most accurate passer, is ranked fourth in completions and touchdown passes, fifth in passing yardage and seventh in passer rating.
Evans, originally a fourth round draft pick of the Saints in 2006 out of Bloomsburg, has earned his fifth consecutive All-Star berth. Evans' five selections are ranked second in franchise history among offensive linemen behind Roaf's seven. Evans has opened 125 contests at right guard for New Orleans and started 13 games in 2013 for the NFL's fifth-ranked offense. This is the third time in franchise history that Evans has been a part of the club's duo of guards being selected to the league's all-star game.
Graham earned his second career Pro Bowl selection in the midst of one of the most stellar receiving seasons for a tight end in NFL history. Appearing in all 15 games, he leads the team in receiving with 81 receptions for 1,144 yards (14.1 avg.) with a club-record 15 touchdowns, the second-highest scoring grab total for a tight end in NFL record books and the highest receiving touchdown total in the NFL overall. In his four-year career, Graham has totaled 296 catches for 2,792 yards (12.8 avg.) with 40 touchdowns to rank sixth in club record books in receiving, eighth in receiving yardage and fourth in touchdown grabs.
The Pro Bowl honor is the second for Grubbs, but his first as a Saint since signing with the club as an unrestricted free agent in 2012. Since signing with the Saints, Grubbs has opened 31 consecutive games at left guard, including all 15 in 2013 for the NFL's fifth ranked offense. Grubbs was first selected to the Pro Bowl for his performance in 2011 as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.
Jordan has been selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career on the heels of a breakout third campaign where he has posted 63 tackles (30 solo), a team-leading 12.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four pass defenses. The former University of California standout, who was the club's first draft choice in 2011 is ranked fourth in the NFL in quarterback takedowns and tied for fourth in defensive fumble recoveries.
The 2014 Pro Bowl will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:00 PM ET and broadcast on NBC.
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