Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Josh Brown named to Pro Bowl

Posted Jan 26, 2016

Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Kicker Josh Brown have been named to the 2016 Pro Bowl

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The number of Giants players who will participate in the Pro Bowl doubled today.

Cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie and kicker Josh Brown were added to the Pro Bowl roster. They replace a pair of New England Patriots, cornerback Malcolm Butler and kicker Stephen Gostkowski, both of whom cannot participate in the game because of injury.

DRC and Brown will join two teammates, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and quarterback Eli Manning, at the Pro Bowl, which will be played Sunday in Honolulu.

Rodgers-Cromartie will be the first Giants cornerback to play in the Pro Bowl since Mark Haynes made the last of his three consecutive trips in 1984 (Reyna Thompson was selected as a special teams player in 1990). Brown is the first Pro Bowl Giants kicker chosen since John Carney in 2008.

The four-man Pro Bowl contingent is the Giants’ largest since 2013, when they also had four players – Manning, wide receiver Victor Cruz, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and guard Chris Snee. The Giants had one player in each of the last two Pro Bowls, Antrel Rolle in 2014 and Beckham last year.

Rodgers-Cromartie will play in the second Pro Bowl of his eight-year career; he was selected to the 2010 game as a second-year pro when he played for the Arizona Cardinals.

In 2015, his second season with the Giants, Rodgers-Cromartie started 15 of 16 games at left cornerback, missing the victory over Washington on Sept. 24 with a concussion. He finished sixth on the team with 58 tackles (52 solo), contributed a team-high 13 passes defensed, and tied Trumaine McBride for the team lead with three interceptions.

DRC scored on a 57-yard fumble return on opening night in Dallas, and on a 58-yard interception return vs. the Cowboys on Oct. 25. He was the first Giants player to have two defensive touchdowns in the same season since linebacker Kawika Mitchell in 2007 (also one interception and one fumble return).

Rodgers-Cromartie has seven career touchdowns (six on interception returns), the fourth-highest total among active defensive players. Carolina’s Charles Tillman and Washington’s DeAngelo Hall have nine, and Denver’s Aqib Talib has eight. Oakland’s Charles Woodson recently retired with 13.

Brown will play in the Pro Bowl for the first time after enjoying the finest season of his 13-year career.

Brown scored a career-high 134 points, the NFL’s fifth-highest total. His previous best was 127 points with Seattle in 2007. Brown increased his three-year total with the Giants to 350 points. That moved him past Raul Allegre (340) and Amani Toomer (348) and into ninth place on the franchise’s career list.

Brown made 30 of 32 field goal attempts in 2015, a franchise-record 93.8 percent success rate. He broke his own mark of 92.3, set in 2014. In three seasons with the Giants, Brown has hit 77 of 84 field goal tries, a team-record 91.7 percentage (minimum 50 attempts).

Brown’s 30 field goals were the Giants’ fifth-highest single-season total.

Brown made all three of his attempts from 50 or more yards, including a pair of 53-yarders. That ties the Giants record for 50+-yard field goals with three other kickers.

The 2016 Pro Bowl will be played in Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium on Sunday, and televised live on ESPN at 7 p.m. eastern time.
For the third consecutive year, the Pro Bowl will be “unconferenced.”  Players will be assigned to teams during the 2016 Pro Bowl Draft on ESPN2 tomorrow at 8 p.m. Hall of Fame receivers Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice will lead the two teams.

Beckham and Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald will captain one team, while Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman and Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins will be the captains for the opposition.