Many thought he was snubbed the first time around, but he will indeed play in the 2016 Pro Bowl.
With New England tight end Rob Gronkowski being removed from the Pro Bowl roster due to injury, Browns tight end Gary Barnidge was added to the roster and will make his first-ever trip to the league's All-Star event in Hawai'i this weekend.
Barnidge, 30, will join Browns left tackle, Joe Thomas, and center, Alex Mack, as Cleveland's three Pro Bowl representatives.
“I am very appreciative of this honor,” Barnidge said. “It is a privilege to be able to represent the Browns and our great fans at the Pro Bowl. One of the best things about this is that I get to share this experience with Joe and Alex.”
Having never caught more than 13 passes in a single season for more than 250 total yards prior to 2015, Barnidge obliterated his career highs for Cleveland this season, catching 79 passes for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns in 16 games.
Those 1,043 yards are the second most by a Browns tight end ever in a single season, while the nine touchdowns were tied with Hall-of-Fame tight end, Ozzie Newsome, for the most in a year by a Cleveland tight end.
With his honor, Barnidge joins Newsome, Milt Morin, Kellen Winslow and Jordan Cameron as the only Browns tight ends to ever make the Pro Bowl.
The 2016 Pro Bowl is set to kickoff at 7:00 p.m. ET from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Sunday. It will televised nationally on ESPN.
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