Levy also finished with a career-best 119 tackles, which ranked second on the team behind middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch, and 22nd overall in the league.
The upcoming season is an opportunity for Levy to confirm that he really is for real and not just a one-year wonder.
"I think he's just kind of scratching the surface of what he can be," coach Jim Caldwell said. "He's a talented guy, he's smart, he works hard. I think you're going to continue to see him grow and develop."
Levy, a third-round draft pick by the Lions in 2009 coming out of Wisconsin, previously was known best for his caveman-like beard. He's going on two years without shaving although he has trimmed it up a bit at times.
Now, however, the secret is out and his performance on the field is drawing attention, too.
Nevertheless, seven outside linebackers -- Arizona's John Abraham, San Francisco's Ahmad Brooks, Kansas City's Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, Indianapolis' Robert Mathis, Washington's Brian Orakpo and Baltimore's Terrell Suggs -- made the Pro Bowl while Levy didn't.
Mathis (No. 19), Suggs (No. 26), Hali (No. 43) and Houston (No. 57) were also ranked ahead of him in the recent player poll, but Abraham, Brooks and Orakpo didn't even crack the top-100.
With another strong performance in 2014, Levy should get that much-deserved Pro Bowl bid, albeit a year late.
"I don't really make goals like that," Levy said. "My goal is always to come out here and get better and just try to work and push myself. That's something I think I focused on more last year. Hopefully, I can continue to improve and help the team win."
If he does, there shouldn't be another snub, not after being validated by his peers as one of the game's top 60 players.