By Annie Ross
For Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox, it’s better late than never.
He got screwed out of making the Pro Bowl last season, but yesterday he was chosen for the 2016 game along with left tackle Jason Peters and running back/special teamer Darren Sproles.
Cox is in the midst of one of the more dominant seasons of his career with 7.5 sacks to go with 56 tackles and three forced fumbles through 14 games.
“It really means a lot,” Cox said of his first Pro Bowl selection. “What I’m really worried about right now though is beating Washington. It really does mean a lot. Even though I’m not a self-conflicted person, I’m more of a team person, it really means a lot to me. It’s one of the things that I’ve coveted.”
Last season Cox was voted as a second-team All-Pro and earlier this year was named NFC Defensive Player of The Week following a Week 5 win over the New Orleans saints in which the 2012 first round draft choice posted six tackles and sacked Drew Brees three times.
Peters makes his eighth trip to the Pro Bowl. The 33-year-old was a second-team All-Pro selection in 2014.
Sproles makes his second career Pro Bowl appearance. The Eagles’ running back and punt returner took a punt back for a touchdown against the New England Patriots in Week 13 and was named the NFC Special Teams Player of The Week in Week 3 after returning a second quarter punt for a touchdown against the Jets.
“When I first started off, I always came close [to earning a Pro Bowl selection],” Sproles said in a press release issued by the Eagles Tuesday. “Then after that, I never really thought about the Pro Bowl that much. Coach Dave Fipp and then my whole return team, they bust their butts for me. When we’re in the game, they really go all out for me.”
The Pro Bowl is scheduled for January 31, 2016 at Honolulu Stadium in Hawaii.