The Jacksonville Jaguars will have one player representing them in Honolulu when the Pro Bowl is held next week.
Paul Posluszny, the team’s defensive leader and one of the leaders in tackles in the NFL, was named to the Pro Bowl roster when San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis withdrew from the game.
This is the first time that Posluszny has been picked for the honor.
According to Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union, “Posluszny was set to leave with his wife, Elizabeth, on their honeymoon to Bora Bora on Wednesday. Instead, they'll head to Hawaii.”
The game takes place Jan. 26 in Honolulu. The players for each team will be drafted for the first time by Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice in a new format.
"When you start playing, it's always a goal for everybody," Posluszny said in the Times-Union piece. "You want to play at a level to get recognized like this. It really goes to show that I had an opportunity to play with a special group of guys on defense. And the thing about it is we haven't reached our full potential yet. We aren't close to our highest level. So, it means a lot to get this honor and to know that next year we're going to be a lot better."
Posluszny’s statistics for the season were worthy of postseason honors. He had a team-high 161 tackles this season, 63 more than any other Jaguars defender. He also recorded three sacks and two interceptions. His biggest highlight of the season was a 59-yard interception return for a touchdown against Denver quarterback Peyton Manning.
"I'm really excited about that part of it," Posluszny said. "It's guys that you really look up to. Guys that you watch on tape and say, 'Wow, he's an unbelievable player.' I want to learn how these guys do things. It will be exciting to be around the league's best."
Posluszny signed a free agent contract with the team in 2011 and has played in all but one game since coming over from Buffalo.
When Gus Bradley became the head coach of this franchise, he said part of the goal of the team was to make Posluszny the centerpiece of the defense. So far, the second round pick by Buffalo out of Penn State before coming south has responded.
Posluszny is the 21st player in franchise history to make the Pro Bowl and the eighth defender. He's the first defensive player to earn the honor since 2006. In all, the Jaguars have 37 Pro Bowl appearances.