Five Patriots named to NFL Pro Bowl roster

Brady received his franchise-record 10th nomination

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (New England Patriots) – Five members of the New England Patriots have been selected to the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl. Quarterback Tom Brady, K Stephen Gostkowski, TE Rob Gronkowski, CB Darrelle Revis and WR Matthew Slater (special teams) have been selected to represent the New England Patriots in the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl on Jan. 25, 2015, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., site of Super Bowl XLIX.

Brady was named to the Pro Bowl for a franchise record 10th time in his 15-year career. This year’s selection moves Brady ahead of Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Famer John Hannah, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection. It is Brady’s sixth consecutive selection to the all-star game. He was voted to the Pro Bowl after each of the following seasons: 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and now, 2014. Brady heads into the final week of the season with 4,029 yards and 33 touchdown passes. He joined Drew Brees (9) and Peyton Manning (14) as the only NFL players to have at least seven seasons with 4,000 passing yards. Brady also guided the Patriots to their 12th division title of his career, the most by a quarterback in NFL history.

Gostkowski was named to the Pro Bowl for the third time in his career and for the second straight season. He enters the final week of the season with an NFL-leading 147 points. He has led the NFL in points in 2008, 2012 and 2013 and can become just the third player to lead the NFL in points in at least four seasons. Gostkowski became the Patriots’ all-time leading scorer vs. Miami (12/14) and currently has 1,170 career points. He is 32-of-34 on field goals in 2014 for a 94.1 field goal percentage. If he stays on pace, that will be the highest field goal percentage in team history for a season.

Gronkowski was named to the Pro Bowl for the third time after being selected in 2011 and 2012. He heads into the final game of the season with 1,124 yards on 82 receptions with 12 touchdowns. He became the first tight end in NFL history to with four seasons of 10 or more touchdowns and is the second tight end in NFL history to have two 1,000-yard and at least 10 touchdowns in a single season.

Revis was named to his sixth Pro Bowl in the last seven seasons. He was previously voted to the Pro Bowl following the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 seasons. Revis currently leads the NFL with 123 passes defensed since he entered the NFL in 2007 and has played a key role in a Patriots defense that is ranked 13th overall and eighth in scoring by allowing just 19.7 points per game.

Slater earned his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl selection as a special teams specialist. The former fifth-round draft pick out of UCLA earned a roster position with the Patriots as a rookie in 2008 with his contributions on special teams. Entering the 2011 season, teammates elected him as their special teams captain. That year, he was also selected to his first Pro Bowl. Since then, he has earned special teams captain honors to start each season and been voted to the Pro Bowl at season’s end. He led the Patriots in special teams tackles for three of the last four seasons and enters the final week of the 2014 season with a team-leading 14 special teams tackles.

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