Michael Thomas named to NFC Pro Bowl team

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – A fourth Giants player will participate in the Pro Bowl Sunday in Orlando.

Safety Michael Thomas today was named to the NFC team as the conference’s special teamer. He replaces Los Angeles Rams linebacker Cory Littleton, whose team will play in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3. It will be the first Pro Bowl appearance for Thomas, a six-year veteran who recently concluded his first season with the Giants.

Thomas will be joined at the game in Camping World Stadium by three teammates - running back Saquon Barkley, kicker Aldrick Rosas, and linebacker Olivier Vernon, who, like Thomas, was originally designated a first alternate when the Pro Bowl teams were announced last month. Vernon was named to the team as an injury replacement for Chicago’s Khalil Mack.

Safety Landon Collins was honored with his third Pro Bowl selection, but underwent shoulder surgery last month and will not play in the Pro Bowl for the second straight year.

Thomas joined the Giants as a free agent on March 26, 2018. He played in all 16 games with six starts, including each of the last four games after Collins was sidelined. Thomas was a core special teams player who led those units with nine tackles (six solo) and one forced fumble. He also contributed 47 tackles (32 solo), two interceptions, six passes defensed, and 1.0 sack.

Thomas is also the Giants’ 2018 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award nominee.

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