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Bucs LB Kwon Alexander enjoyed being part of first Pro Bowl

Olivia Stacey

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Kwon Alexander’s Pro Bowl team may have been defeated by the AFC 24-23 on Sunday, but regardless of the outcome, the Buccaneers linebacker gained valuable experience from playing among the NFL’s top players.

Alexander was at his first Pro Bowl as an alternate, replacing Seattle Seahawks’ Bobby Wagner, who wasn’t able to play due to injury, and he finished his first trip to the Pro Bowl with six tackles, which tied for the most among NFC players.

“It was amazing, a blessing to be here,” Alexander told Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times post game. “I had a great time, had fun at the game and at practice. I felt like I was a part of it.”

The 23-year-old linebacker recorded 97 tackles, including seven tackles for loss this season. Alexander also came up with three interceptions for the Bucs, which ties him for the most in the NFL among all linebackers. In three NFL seasons, he’s accumulated an impressive 335 tackles.

Former Buccaneers linebacker and Hall of Famer, Derrick Brooks served as an NFC legends captain and spent some time with Alexander this weekend. Brooks also played in 11 Pro Bowl games during his NFL career.

“I rarely get the chance to get that close (again) to a hundred of the superstars together, to be in that group, so I’m excited for it,” Brooks told the Orlando Sentinel prior to the game.

The Bucs hope a taste of Brooks’ expertise’ rubbed off on Alexander, too.

Olivia is a multi-faceted sports reporter based in Tampa Bay where she has covered events from the College Football National Championship to the Stanley Cup Final. A native Floridian, she grew up rooting for Tampa’s sports teams, and graduated from East Lake High in Tarpon Springs. Olivia continued her education at the University of Florida where she received her broadcast journalism degree.

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