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Browns send five to Pro Bowl

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BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron, wide receiver Josh Gordon, cornerback Joe Haden, center Alex Mack and offensive tackle Joe Thomas have been named to the 2014 Pro Bowl, the league announced Friday. In addition, safety T.J. Ward was selected as an alternate.

The 2014 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, Jan. 26, and televised live on NBC at 7 p.m. ET from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Browns' five representatives are the most since the club had six at the end of the 2007 season, when the Browns went 10-6.

Cameron, Gordon and Haden are first-time honorees, while Thomas (seven) and Mack (two) have multiple selections. With Mack and Thomas competing in their second Pro Bowl together, it marks the first time a pair of Browns offensive linemen have participated in multiple All-Star games since Pro Football Hall of Fame guard Gene Hickerson and tackle Dick Schafrath accomplished the feat in four consecutive years (1966-69).

Cameron joins Milt Morin (1969, 1972), Ozzie Newsome (1982, 1985-86) and Kellen Winslow (2008) as the only Browns tight ends selected to the Pro Bowl. Cameron ranks second among NFL tight ends in receptions (75) and receiving yards (848). His 75 receptions are the eighth-most by a Brown and his seven receiving touchdowns are the second-most by a Browns tight end, trailing only Newsome's nine in 1979. Cameron became the first Browns player to catch a touchdown from four passers in season and the first NFL player to accomplish that feat since Carolina's Steve Smith in 2007. A fourth-round pick in 2011, Cameron tied a Browns record with three touchdown receptions at Minnesota on Sept. 22.

Gordon joins Braylon Edwards (2008) and Webster Slaughter (1990) as the only Browns wide receivers selected to the Pro Bowl since 1971. During a season in which he has worked with three starting quarterbacks, Gordon leads the NFL in receiving yards (1,564) and yards per catch (19.6), while playing in just 13 games. He is also first in the NFL with an average of 120.3 receiving yards per game and fourth in the league in yards from scrimmage with 1,652 (1,564 receiving and 88 rushing). Gordon's 1,564 receiving yards are a franchise record. His seven 100-yard games are also a club record and are tied for most in the NFL this season. He is leading the club with 80 receptions, tied for the sixth-most in a season by a Brown. What's more, Gordon on Nov. 24 and Dec. 1 became the only player in NFL history to top 200 receiving yards in back-to-back games.

Haden is the first Browns cornerback selected to the Pro Bowl since Frank Minnifield in 1990. Haden is tied for the team lead with four interceptions. According to STATS LLC, his 20 passes defensed are tied for second in the NFL and his 67 since joining the Browns as the seventh overall pick in the 2010 draft are second in the league during that span. Coaches film has credited Haden with 21 passes defensed this season. He registered his first career multiple-interception game (2) and his first defensive score following a 29-yard interception return at Cincinnati on Nov. 17.Mack, who scored a touchdown in the 2011 Pro Bowl, becomes the third Browns center to earn multiple Pro Bowl honors, joining John Morrow (1962, 1964) and Tom DeLeone (1980, 1981). Since being chosen by Cleveland with the 21st overall pick of the 2009 draft, Mack has started all 79 career games and has not missed an offensive snap, a streak of 4,934 consecutive plays.

Thomas has been selected to the Pro Bowl in all seven of his NFL seasons and trails only Hall of Famers Jim Brown (9) and Lou Groza (9) for the most by a Browns player. Thomas has started all 111 career games at tackle and has not missed an offensive snap since being selected by the Browns with the third overall pick in the 2007 draft. His stretch of 6,859 consecutive offensive snaps is the longest active streak in the league.  Thomas joins Jim Brown (1958-66) as the only Browns selected to the Pro Bowl in each of their first seven seasons in the league. Thomas also joins Richmond Webb (Miami Dolphins, 1991-97 Pro Bowls) as the only NFL offensive linemen to be named to the Pro Bowl in each of their first seven seasons since 1970.

For the first time, the Pro Bowl is "unconferenced." Gone is the familiar AFC vs. NFC matchup that had existed since 1971. Instead, players were selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players. For example, the top six quarterbacks following voting earned distinction as All-Stars, regardless of how many were from AFC or NFC teams.

The first-ever Pro Bowl Draft will be nationally televised during a live three-hour primetime broadcast on NFL Network at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, with Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders  serving as alumni team captains for their Pro Bowl squads – Team Rice and Team Sanders.

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