The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis and wide receiver Reggie Wayne have been selected to the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl. This marks the fifth and sixth time Mathis and Wayne have been selected to the game, respectively. The 2013 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In 11 games (all starts) this season, Mathis has recorded 45 tackles (27 solo), eight sacks, one interception and one forced fumble. He tied a career high this year with a sack in eight consecutive games dating back to last season. In Week 13 at Detroit, he recorded his first career interception when he picked off Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.
This year marks Mathis’ fifth consecutive Pro Bowl selection, which is tied for the seventh-longest streak in team history. For his career, Mathis has appeared in 146 games (82 starts), tallying 484 tackles (361 solo), 91.5 sacks, 40 forced fumbles, 17 passes defensed and 14 forced fumbles. His sack total currently ranks second in franchise history behind Dwight Freeney (106.5) and 38th in NFL history. Since 2002, Mathis’ 40 forced fumbles rank second in the NFL behind Freeney (44).
Wayne has appeared in all 15 games this season (14 starts), recording 102 receptions for 1,315 yards and five touchdowns. He ranks second in the AFC in receptions this season and third in receiving yards. Last week at Kansas City, Wayne recorded his fourth season with 100-or-more receptions, which ranks tied for second in NFL history. He also became the third active player and 14th in NFL history to reach the 13,000-yard milestone in the game. In Week 14 against Tennessee, he notched his sixth 1,200-yard season, tying him with Torry Holt and Marvin Harrison for the third-most seasons all-time.
Wayne set an NFL record in Week 12 against Buffalo by catching three-or-more passes in his 59th straight game. The streak now sits at 63 consecutive games. In Week 5 against Green Bay, Wayne posted one of his best performances of his career with 13 receptions for a career-high 212 yards and a touchdown. The 212-yard total was the second-highest single-game output in franchise history and moved Wayne past former Colts running back Edgerrin James for second place on the franchise’s all-time scrimmage yards list.
This marks the sixth time Wayne has been selected to the Pro Bowl (2006-10, 2012). For his career, Wayne has appeared in 188 games (174 starts), catching 964 passes for 13,023 yards and 78 touchdowns. He currently ranks 10th in NFL history in receptions, 14th in receiving yards and 24th in receiving touchdowns. Each of those totals rank second in franchise history behind Marvin Harrison.
MOST PRO BOWL NOMINATIONS IN COLTS HISTORY
11, DE-Gino Marchetti, 1954-64
11, QB-Peyton Manning, 1999-2000, 02-10
10, QB-John Unitas, 1957-64, 66-67
8, OG/T-Jim Parker, 1958-65
8, WR-Marvin Harrison, 1999-2006
7, RB-Lenny Moore, 1956, 58-62, 64
7, DE-Dwight Freeney, 2003-05, 08-11
6, OG/T-Chris Hinton, 1983-89
6, WR-Raymond Berry, 1958-61, 63-64
6, WR-Reggie Wayne, 2006-10, 12
5, TE-John Mackey, 1963, 65-68
5, OLB-Robert Mathis, 2008-12
4, RB-Alan Ameche, 1955-58
4, C-Ray Donaldson, 1986-89
CONSECUTIVE PRO BOWL NOMINATIONS IN COLTS HISTORY
9, QB-Peyton Manning, 2002-10
8, QB-John Unitas, 1957-64
5, RB-Lenny Moore, 1958-62
5, WR-Reggie Wayne, 2006-10
4, WR-Raymond Berry, 1958-61
4, TE-John Mackey, 1965-68
4, DE-Dwight Freeney, 2008-11
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