FOUR PRO BOWL PICKS

The Dolphins didn't quite make out as well as they did last year when it comes to Pro Bowl selections, but they still managed to have four of their players make the AFC squad.

Selected to the all-star game were defensive end Adewale Ogunleye, linebacker Zach Thomas, cornerback Patrick Surtain and free safety Brock Marion.

Ogunleye, who is leading the AFC with 13 sacks, was selected for the first time.

"The word goes out to all the undrafted free agents out there, too," Ogunleye said Thursday. "It's just a lot of hard work. Work hard and don't let people dictate who you are and what kind of player you're going to be in this league. I'm a big fan of hard work. I've always said it and it's come true today."

Surtain, who leads the AFC with a career-high seven interceptions, was chosen for the second consecutive year after being on the cusp for a couple of seasons before that.

"To have two surgeries in the offseason, miss the entire preseason and come back and have a good year like I've had – I wouldn't say it's surprising, but earlier (the media) was saying I lost a step or the injury slowed me down," Surtain said. "But once I got back in the groove of things I felt like my old self and was able to have a great season."

For Marion, the selection was the third of his career. All three of his selections came since he joined the Dolphins.

"I go out and play and I leave the votes up to whoever voted," Marion said. "I am thankful that I can go. I'd trade it in for a Super Bowl or shoe-in for the playoffs, but it is what it is. We go out and we play and I am thankful that I can go."

Finally, there was Thomas, who was selected to the Pro Bowl for the fifth consecutive year.

"I just think this year was a good year, besides missing one game," he said. "For me it's been a good year, a more consistent year and one of my best years, if not the best. I just feel like I am getting more comfortable with the scheme and I'm knowing it a lot better. Besides a couple injuries, that's the only thing that has really slowed me down."

The starters for the Pro Bowl will be announced on Jan. 3. The game is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2:30 p.m.


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