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Odell Beckham Jr. named to Pro Bowl; Dwayne Harris, Josh Brown alternates

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Odell Beckham Jr.'s production and popularity have earned him another trip to Hawaii.


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Beckham, the Giants' sensational wide receiver, has been selected to play in the Pro Bowl for the second time in as many seasons. He received 502,421 votes in nationwide balloting of NFL fans, the highest total among wide receivers, second-highest total among non-quarterbacks, and the seventh-highest overall. Players and coaches throughout the NFL completed their Pro Bowl voting last week.

Currently, Beckham is the Giants' lone representative in the game, as he was as a rookie last season. But kicker Josh Brown and return specialist Dwayne Harris were both named as first alternates and will get the opportunity to play if a player at their position cannot participate in the game.

The 2016 Pro Bowl will be played in Honolulu's Aloha Stadium on Sunday, January 31, and will be 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 on Wednesday, January 27 at 8 p.m.

In his Pro Bowl debut last season, Beckham had five receptions for 89 yards for the victorious Team Irvin, captained by Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin.

As an NFL sophomore, Beckham has validated his standing as one of the NFL's very best receivers. He is eighth in the league with 91 receptions – matching his rookie total – and third with 1,396 yards. Beckham's 13 touchdowns tie him with Jacksonville's Allen Robinson and Seattle's Doug Baldwin for the NFL lead, and Homer Jones for the Giants' franchise record, set in 1967.

Beckham is first in the NFC and second in the NFL in third-down production, with 29 receptions for 423 yards and two touchdowns. Beckham has accounted for 62 first downs, the league's ninth-highest total.

In 2014, Beckham became the first Giants player voted the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, despite missing the first four games with a hamstring injury. In 12 games, he caught 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Neither Brown, a 13-year veteran, nor Harris, a fifth-year pro, has played in a Pro Bowl.

This season, Brown made his first 25 field goal attempts, extending his career-high and team-record streak to 29 in a row. He has made 26 of 28 field goal attempts (a 92.9 success rate that will be a team record if it holds up through the end of the season), 39 of 40 extra points, which have all been kicked from 33 or 38 yards this season. He has scored 117 points and has 32 touchbacks.

Harris, signed last March as a free agent, is fourth in the NFL with a 28.7-yard kickoff return average and seventh with a 10.3-yard punt return average. He scored touchdowns on a 100-yard kickoff return and an 80-yard punt return, joining Seattle's Ricardo Lockette as the only players to accomplish that double play.

Harris is the first player in Giants history to score on a kickoff return, punt return and reception in the same season. He is fourth on the team with 35 catches for 390 yards and four touchdowns.

Giants.com takes a look at Giants in the Pro Bowl through the years.

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