Bethel, Campbell and Peterson to represent Cardinals at 2015 Pro Bowl
BY: ED COLE
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals aren’t 11-4 by accident. They have extremely talented players on their roster.
Five of Arizona’s players are being honored for their efforts on the football field in 2014.
Cornerback/special teamer Justin Bethel, defensive end Calais Campbell and cornerback Patrick Peterson were all selected to the 2015 Pro Bowl, which, coincidentally, will be held at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday, January 25, 2015.
Additionally, cornerback Antonio Cromartie and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald were selected as alternatives.
For Bethel, it’s his second straight Pro Bowl selection. He joins current Cardinals’ radio analyst Ron Wolfley [1986-89] as the only players in franchise history to have multiple Pro Bowl selections as a special teams player.
Bethel leads the Cardinals with 18 special teams tackles. It’s the third straight season that Bethel has led the team in that category. Bethel earned his first ever “NFC Special Teams Player of the Week” honor after his Week Nine performance against the Dallas Cowboys. Bethel blocked Dallas kicker Dan Bailey’s 35-yard field goal attempt at the end of the first half.
Bethel’s one of three Cardinals players [Wolfley, Sean Morey – 2008] to be selected to the Pro Bowl as a special teams player.
Campbell earned his first career Pro Bowl selection, after being named an alternate in 2013. Campbell’s the first Cardinals defensive end to be selected to the Pro Bowl since Bertrand Berry in 2004. Campbell is second only to linebacker Alex Okafor [8.0] in sacks in 2014, with 7.0. He’s currently sixth all-time in Cardinals history with 43.5 sacks. Campbell has 54 tackles to go with his 7.0 sacks. It’s the sixth-straight season that Campbell has had at least 50 tackles and 6.0 sacks, extending his franchise record. Campbell missed two games this season with a knee injury, but still leads the team with 54.0 tackles. He’s second on the team with 10 tackles for loss and 17 QB pressures to go along with one interception. His three sacks in Seattle, Wash., in Week 12 set a career-high.
Peterson will make his fourth straight appearance in a Pro Bowl, and third straight as a cornerback. Peterson was selected as a kick returner in his rookie season in 2011. Peterson joins Cardinals Hall-of-Famer Ollie Matson as the only players in team history to be named to the Pro Bowl in each of their first four seasons.
Peterson joins Jim Brown, Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith as the only players in NFL history to be selected to four Pro Bowls before their 25th birthday.
Peterson is the 11th player in franchise history, and fifth defensive player, to be selected to four straight Pro Bowls. His three selections at cornerback are the fourth-most ever by a cornerback in team history. Peterson has started every game this season – the fourth straight season he’s done that. He’s tied for second on the team with three interceptions. Following their Week 10 win over the St. Louis Rams, Peterson was selected as “NFC Defensive Player of the Week,” after getting two interceptions. One of the interceptions Peterson returned for a touchdown – his first ever. Peterson has 44 tackles, eight passes defensed and one sack in 2014.
For the second straight season, the Pro Bowl will be “unconferenced.” Fans, players and coaches selected players with no regard to their conference. Players will be assigned on the Pro Bowl Draft on Wednesday, January 21 on NFL Network at 6:00 pm.
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