“It’s a tremendous honor to be named to the Pro Bowl. No.1, to be elected amongst all the players in the league, and No. 2, to be able to go represent the franchise and players here – myself and (Ndamukong) Suh. It’s a tremendous honor to be able to go and represent these guys. I’m looking forward to it, it’s a first time experience and hopefully I’ll have many more.
“I felt that my second year I had a good chance to get in there, but unfortunately we went 0-16 that year. Winning definitely helps in getting nominated. This year we haven’t won as much as we wanted to, but definitely in this last month of the season we’ve turned it up and got on the right track.
“Looking back on the game at Miami, that was great. Having a favorable December schedule as far as weather goes and being able to go to Florida and pull off two back-to-back road wins, making it three in a row for us, that’s a big accomplishment considering our recent history.
“I definitely think it would be a big momentum shift for us going into next year, considering how we finish this year. It definitely carries over and I think it will help a lot of guys on the team. I think it will be a bigger carry over for as far as guys remaining with the team, keeping that solid core in tact.
“I think it’s a testament to the character of the guys on the team to have the production that we’ve had. No. 1 because having three different quarterbacks you know you’re going to get three styles of play, but at the same time you figure that there would be a lot of ups and downs. There were some ups and downs, but for the most part we stayed consistent with what we wanted to do and Shaun and Drew and Matt, they were able to keep us in games and win games.
“Physically, at this point in the season, I’m beat up, but it’s going to happen. At this point in the season you’re expected to be a little bit beat up. I’m dealing with some things right now, but they’re all manageable and hopefully we can get healthy enough for Sunday to finish up the season strong at home. Being able stay here, playing at your home field, especially with the momentum we have right now, I believe it will be a big factor come Sunday.”
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