Pro Bowl teams were announced today, and just two Cowboys were selected for the honor -- both on the somewhat disappointing defensive side of the ball.
Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (who was pretty much a shoo-in) and nose tackle Jay Ratliff won the Pro Bowl nods, their sixth and fourth selections to the game, respectively. Ware will start in the game for the sixth time, while Ratliff will start for the third time in his four Pro Bowl appearances.
Through 15 games this season, Ware has 53 tackles, 18 sacks and two forced fumbles. In this same span, Ratliff has 35 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery while playing a major role in the Cowboys’ run defense -- the importance of which is hard to reflect in statistics.
“It’s a great honor to be selected to play in the Pro Bowl,” Ware said in a press release Tuesday. “It shows that all the work through the offseason and season pays off. It’s special because you are selected by the fans, your peers and coaches around the league. I am excited to represent the Dallas Cowboys and the entire NFL in the game. Since my rookie season, I always strived on working hard, being consistent and playing at a high level, and it really means something on a personal level to be rewarded.”
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