Browns left offensive tackle Joe Thomas has been selected to represent the AFC in the Pro Bowl for the sixth time in as many seasons, his agent, Peter Schaffer, announced on Twitter.
Browns veteran Josh Cribbs, meanwhile, is a first alternate as a kick returner and special teamer, a league source said. Cribbs won the fan vote – players and coaches also vote -- as an AFC special teamer. Cribbs made the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2009.
The full Pro Bowl squads will be announced at 7 p.m. today on NFL Network. The 2013 Pro Bowl will be played at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu and will be televised on NBC.
Thomas, the third overall pick in the 2007 draft, has played all 95 games and hasn’t missed an offensive snap since joining the Browns.
“I think I feel I’m getting better every year and my best is still yet to come,” Thomas said today before Schaffer revealed the news. “So I still feel like I’ve got more in the tank, and hopefully next year will be better than this year and I’ll keep growing that pattern. Every year my goal is to play better than I did the year before, and I definitely think that definitely happened this year.”
Kicker Phil Dawson finished second among AFC kickers in the fan vote. Thomas said he’s pulling for him. Dawson has never made a Pro Bowl.
“It’s always a little bit of a screwy thing when they come out with the Pro Bowl voting because there’s always people that you feel get snubbed that deserve it, and Phil’s been one of those guys in the past,” Thomas said. “Obviously he’s had a phenomenal year. One miss [this season] and it was a block, so you can’t play any better as a kicker. He’s definitely deserving.”