Cameron Wake leads four Dolphins named to Pro Bowl
Four Dolphins were named to the 2014 Pro Bowl as announced Friday night.
Punter Brandon Fields, cornerback Brent Grimes, center Mike Pouncey and defensive end Cameron Wake will represent Miami. The Dolphins also sent four players last season.
"I want to congratulate Brandon, Brent, Mike, and Cam on being named to the NFL Pro Bowl team," coach Joe Philbin said. "It is a well-deserved honor. I know they will be outstanding representatives of their teammates and the rest of the Dolphins organization in Hawaii."
Fields and Pouncey will both be making their first trips. Fields, a seven-year veteran, ranks second with a 48.8-yard punt average and is third with 33 kicks inside the 20. Pouncey has started 13 games and becomes Miami’s first center selected since 2000.
"It’s a great honor to be selected to the Pro Bowl," Fields said. "I am very excited on my first selection and to be able to celebrate it with three of my teammates."
Added Pouncey: "It’s truly a great honor to be named to the Pro Bowl, this recognition obviously would not have been possible without the all the other guys on the offensive line around me."
Grimes, in his seventh year, will attend his second Pro Bowl. He has started all 15 games at cornerback and has recorded 55 tackles, leads the team with 15 passes defensed and is tied for the team lead in interceptions with four, including one he returned 94 yards for a touchdown.
"This selection means a lot especially coming off last year, to come back and make the Pro Bowl is a big deal," said Grimes, who missed 2012 with an Achillies injury. "I would like to thank all the fans, the whole Dolphins organization for believing in me and giving me a chance."
Wake reaches the event for the third time in his five seasons. He has registered 35 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 19 quarterback hits, eight tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one safety through 15 games. On Oct. 31, Wake recorded the first safety of his NFL career that ended the game in overtime.
"It’s an honor to be named to the Pro Bowl," Wake said. "This honor would not have been possible without my teammates, the coaching staff and the fans of the Miami Dolphins."
Both the Dolphins and Patriots lead the AFC East with four Pro Bowlers.
The annual game, which will be held Jan. 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, will not be affiliated with conferences for the first time.