The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be getting a second representative in the upcoming 2018 Pro Bowl in Orlando, as linebacker Kwon Alexander was added to the NFC squad on Tuesday afternoon.
Alexander, in his third season, makes his first All-Star appearance after replacing the injured Bobby Wagner of the Seahawks.
Despite the Bucs 5-11 record, Alexander finished the season with 97 tackles (second most on the team) and a team high three interceptions. He is one of five NFL linebackers this season with 95 or more tackles and three or more interceptions.
Alexander got one of those interceptions in the first half of Bucs opening game win over the Bears, but he pulled his hamstring on the play and did not return to the game. He then missed the next four games resting and rehabbing the injury. He returned in game six at Buffalo.
Known as a “tackling machine” at middle linebacker, Alexander’s play was inconsistent at times and he was frequently out of position or over running plays that he would normally make. He did finish the season strong with a 13 tackle game in the Monday Night Football loss to Atlanta in week 15 and also had 10 tackles in the season ending upset of the Saints.
And for his career thus far, the former fourth round pick is the only linebacker in pro football to have 300 tackles, six quarterback sacks and six interceptions over the last three years. So, that is very productive.
Alexander will join Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who was named as a starter to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl back in December.
Alexander is the seventh Bucs linebacker to make the Pro Bowl, including his teammate Lavonte David and also, Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks, among them.
The 2018 Pro Bowl will be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Sunday January 28th at 3 p.m. and will go back to the familiar structure of NFC stars playing against their AFC counterparts. In recent years, a draft of the eligible players had been held.
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