Congratulations are in order for Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake and cornerback Brent Grimes. The two star defenders were announced as 2015 Pro Bowl selections tonight by the NFL.
Grimes is in his second year with the Dolphins, and has been named to the Pro Bowl at the end of both seasons. He also has a selection in 2011 to the NFC Pro Bowl team. Grimes has started all 15 games for the Dolphins, recording 56 tackles, 13 passes defensed, 5 interceptions, and a touchdown. He currently is ranked third in the NFL in interceptions, second among AFC players. Grimes becomes the third player in Dolphins history to be selected to the Pro Bowl in his first two seasons with the team, joining tight end Keith Jackson and wide receiver Irving Fryar.
Wake earned his fourth Pro Bowl trip in six years. In 2014, he has started all 15 games for the Dolphins, recording 33 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 18 quarterback hits, 8 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. Wake is just the fourth Dolphins player to record double digit sacks in at least three seasons, joining Jason Taylor, who did it six times, Trace Armstrong, three times, and Jeff Cross, three times.
The Pro Bowl will be "unconferenced" this year, the second year of the new Pro Bowl system. The Pro Bowl players are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group's vote counts one-third toward determining the All-Star players. Players will be assigned to teams during the 2015 Pro Bowl Draft on NFL Network on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. ET.