Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was set to be a lonely man next week in Orlando. But now he will have a familiar face lined up behind him.
The National Football League on Tuesday announced that Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander has been added to the 2018 NFC Pro Bowl roster. Alexander will replace Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, who will not participate due to injury.
Bucs LB Kwon Alexander – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
This season, Alexander ranked second on the Buccaneers in tackles, with 97, while tying for the team lead in interceptions, with three. Alexander’s three interceptions tied for the most by any linebacker in the NFL this season and he was one of only five players in the league to record at least 95 tackles and three interceptions (also Atlanta linebacker Deion Jones, Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly, Buffalo cornerback Jordan Poyer and Jacksonville linebacker Telvin Smith). This despite missing four games with an injured hamstring he suffered in the Bucs opening win against the Bears.
Since entering the league in 2015, Alexander is the only player in the NFL to record at least 300 tackles, 6.0 sacks and six interceptions.
This is Alexander’s first Pro Bowl appearance. He is the seventh linebacker in franchise history to be named to the Pro Bowl, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks (1997-2006, 2008), Lavonte David (2015), Hugh Green (1982-83), David Lewis (1980), Hardy Nickerson (1993, 1996-99) and Shelton Quarles (2002).
The 2018 Pro Bowl will be played at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 28, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
–Part of this report courtesy of the Buccaneers communications department
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