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For Immediate Release

December 22, 2015



LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The National Football League announced today that tackle Trent Williams has been selected to the 2016 Pro Bowl. The annual contest of the NFL's best will take place Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

In addition, linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and tight end Jordan Reed were selected as alternates.

Williams’ selection is the fourth of his career and his fourth consecutive selection since 2012. His selection this season is the 17th by a Redskins offensive tackle since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, including selections by Chris Samuels (2001-02, 05-08), Jim Lachey (1990-91), Mark May (1988) and Joe Jacoby (1983-86). Between Williams and Samuels, Redskins left tackles have been selected to eight of the last 11 Pro Bowls. Williams joins Samuels and Jacoby as the only Redskins tackles to make four consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl since the merger.

“I’m extremely honored,” Williams said. “To me, this is a huge award to receive more so because it reflects on how your peers view you on and off the field. I’m extremely excited to have this award for the fourth time, and it couldn’t have come at a better time while we’re in the midst of our playoff hunt.”

Williams, 27, is in his fifth season as an offensive captain for the Redskins and has been among the league’s top left tackles since being selected with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. He has played 84 career games with the Redskins with 83 starts, including starting all 13 games in which he has played for Washington this season.

This season, Williams has helped anchor an offensive line that ranks tied for sixth in the NFL in sacks allowed (24) a year after ranking 31st in that category (58). Williams’ protection of quarterback Kirk Cousins’ blindside has helped Cousins establish single-season team records in completions (336) and 300-yard passing games (six).

With Williams’ selection this year, the Redskins have had at least one Pro Bowl player for 22 straight seasons. The only year Washington has not had a Pro Bowler in team history was 1993.



Consecutive Pro Bowls Players (Seasons)

7 S Ken Houston* (1973-79)

5 LB Chris Hanburger* (1972-76)

4 WR Charley Taylor* (1972-75)

4 G Russ Grimm* (1983-86)

4 T Joe Jacoby^ (1983-86)

4 LB Ken Harvey (1994-97)

4 CB Champ Bailey (2000-03)

4 T Chris Samuels (2005-08)

4 LB London Fletcher (2009-12)

4 T Trent Williams (2012-15)

* Pro Football Hall of Famer

^ Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Semifinalist

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Congrats to Trent, he's earned it. Not too surprised he's the only one. 


Kelce is a very good tight end but I think Barnidge, Delanie Walker and Reed all are far more deserving this year. The fact that the NFL.com article mentions the other two as guys that were deserving and doesn't even mention Reed is just ridiculous. I'm glad he's at least an alternate. 


There are so many good OLB in this league I'm actually fairly surprised Kerrigan is an alternate this year. He's so solid all around though so I'm not complaining. 


To be honest I'd say Bashaud Breeland deserves an alternate slot as a bare minimum, even more so than Kerrigan. I think a part of it is a lack of name recognition but he's been great all year and is the best player in a patchwork secondary that hasn't allowed 300 passing yards in a game all year. In addition to being a great coverage guy, not only is he not afraid to make a tackle he actively looks for opportunities and makes a strong effort to get his nose around the ballcarrier and hit the guy. Breeland has been a phenomenal draft pick and will be a great cornerstone to this defense for many years. 

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Congrats Trent!! Also, Kerrigan and Reed are alternates. Does that mean that if somebody at their positions gets to the super bowl, Kerrigan or Reed would go to the pro bowl?

Well lets hope they and Trent can't go to the probowl because of that reason.

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“He’s been a great leader,” Gruden said Monday. “Guys have looked up to him. His work ethic has been outstanding. [Offensive Line Coach] Bill Callahan grinds those guys. He’s down there during every drill working with him. When you’re the best player on the football team and you’re also working that hard, you earn a lot of respect from each guy—from everybody. It’s a great benefit for all the young guys to have Trent around.”


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Congrats to Trent Williams!  Amazing Jordan Reed didn't make it...

If he stays healthy (knock on wood) I see many pro bowls in his future. Right now I think the only better pass catching TEs in the NFL are Gronk and Eifert. I also think Reed has easily some of the best hands of any pass catcher in the NFL...TE or WR. Dude just doesn't drop balls.

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Man, in the way some teams like the Colts always seem to have a great qb, we should be thankful our LT position is straight locked down for decades at a time. Remember he was taken over the "higher rated" okung by shanny who wanted am athletic guy. Turns out he can do it all, shut down anyone, "athletic guy" or no. Very thankful to have Trent.

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A well deserved honor for 71, congrats and have fun, you deserve it.


But I will say that the new way of how the Pro Bowl players are placed on their team doesn't sit well with me. They've broken the tradition of AFC vs NFC and its not fun to me. Weird that a QB on one side could be facing his best defensive player from his team, and emotions could get out of hand.

Maybe I'm just old fashioned, or old.

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