Gators in Pro Bowl, NFL playoffs

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden and Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey were each selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl roster. It's the first career Pro Bowl appearance for either player and the fifth year in a row that a former Florida player has been chosen to play in the Pro Bowl.

In the 44-year history of the NFL Pro Bowl, 22 former Florida players have earned a total of 60 appearances. At least one Florida player has been in the game during 37 of the 44 years since the inaugural Pro Bowl in 1970.

Joe Haden made four interceptions for the Cleveland Browns this season, returning one for a touchdown. In 57 career games, Haden has 67 pass breakups, equaling 1.18 per game. That number is the second-highest average for any NFL player with at least 50 career pass breakups since the start of the 1994 season.

Haden was a key part of the Florida defense during his career, finishing his time in Gainesville with 218 tackles, 34 pass breakups, eight interceptions and 3.5 sacks.

The Miami Dolphins selected Mike Pouncey with the 15th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Pouncey played in 54 games and made 45 starts in his Florida career. He's the first Dolphins' center to earn a Pro Bowl berth since Tim Ruddy after the 2000 season. Pouncey's Pro Bowl berth is only the fourth for a Dolphins' center in franchise history.

His brother, Maurkice Pouncey, previously earned three straight Pro Bowl appearances for the Pittsburgh Steelers before suffering a season-ending injury early this year.

GATORS IN THE PLAYOFFS: There are 12 former Florida players that will be on NFL roster for the playoffs. Indianapolis Colts running back Chris Rainey and Denver Broncos defensive lineman Lerentee McCray are both on injured reserve and won't participate on the field.

The 10 former Florida players that will have a chance to be on the field are Denver Broncos receiver Andre Caldwell, Denver Broncos defensive lineman Jeremy Mincey, New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Xavier Nixon, Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati Bengals safety Reggie Nelson, Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Jaye Howard, Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper and San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald.

The first round of the NFL playoffs start this weekend.

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