Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas has been selected to start for the AFC Pro Bowl team, the NFL announced Tuesday night.
No other Browns players were selected to the Pro Bowl this season. Middle linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and return man Josh Cribbs were named alternates.
Thomas, a 6-foot-6, 312-pound left tackle, has now made the Pro Bowl in each of the five seasons since he was drafted out of the University of Wisconsin with the third overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Thomas, who's pictured to the right, joins Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown (1958-66) as the only Browns players selected to the Pro Bowl in each of their first five NFL seasons. The last Browns player to be named to five or more consecutive Pro Bowls was Hall of Fame running back Leroy Kelly, who earned the honor from 1967-72.
Fans, players and coaches vote for the Pro Bowl. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the rosters.
In fan voting, Thomas placed fifth in the AFC among offensive tackles, Jackson finished third in the AFC among inside linebackers and Cribbs took third in the AFC among kick returners. Although Jackson and Cribbs were not selected to the roster, Jackson was named a first alternate at inside linebacker, and Cribbs was selected as a second alternate as a kick-return specialist and a third alternate as a special-teams player.
Cribbs made the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2009. Jackson has never been selected to a Pro Bowl.
The 2012 Pro Bowl will be played at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.