Four Patriots named to NFL Pro Bowl

Four Patriots named to NFL Pro Bowl
December 27, 2013, 10:00 pm
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Four members of the New England Patriots have been selected to the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl.

Tom Brady, Logan Mankins, Matthew Slate and Aqib Talib earned the trip to Hawaii.

For Brady, it was his ninth Pro Bowl selection, tying John Hannah (9) for most Pro Bowls in franchise history. It's Brady's fifth consecutive selection. Brady enters the final week of the season with 4,221 yards and 24 passes, despite a slow start to the season with an entirely new offensive cast. Brady is just the fifth player to have at least six season with 4,000 passing yards. This year's AFC East crown is Brady's 11th division title, which is the most of any NFL quarterback.

Mankins was also voted to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl, and sixth overall. Since becoming a starter in 2005, Mankins has helped the Patriots finish in the Top 10 in offense seven times. That number figures to improve to eight as the Patriots enter the final week of the season ranked seventh in offense.

Slater is headed to Hawaii for the third consecutive time. Slater has been a key part of Patriots special teams units since being drafted out of UCLA in 2008. He has been a special teams captain in each of the last three seasons.

Talib's Pro Bowl nod is the first of his career. Talib has emerged as one of the top corners in the league, but has struggled through injuries.