Foxborough, MA - The 9-5 New England Patriots have a lot of issues to figure out in the coming weeks leading up to the post-season, but this week, following an abysmal loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, will not be solely bad news. There's a lot to celebrate for two particular Patriots and their supportive teammates, as well!
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and cornerback Stephon Gilmore have been elected to the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl, becoming this year's two Patriots to be named to football's equivalent of the All-Star game. Obviously, these are tremendous honors for both players, but if the past two years are any indication, the Patriots don't have a lot of time for the Pro Bowl. Even in seasons when the Patriots do not make the Super Bowl (an event that renders them ineligible for the near Pro Bowl), they do not always elect to play in the game. But the honor remains nonetheless!
Brady, statistically, has not had his best season, but he has used the 2018 games to set the record for passing yards and passing touchdowns in an NFL career, which is no small milestone, to be sure. This year, he's thrown twenty-four touchdowns through fourteen games and for 3,979 yards along the way, which is good for a 97.6 quarterback rating as he's also thrown nine interceptions. His touchdown and passing yard counts are good for tenth and fifth place in the NFL, respectively.
As for Gilmore, he's played very well all season and currently ranks second in the league in terms of passes defended, with eighteen. He also recorded his first career sack in 2018, en route to forty-one total tackles. Gilmore also has recorded two interceptions on the season!
Like with every year, there are going to be snubs for the Pro Bowl and they'll always seem inexplicable (after all, both Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey were left off the NFC roster), but there's always time for other Patriots to make the roster, what with potential absences and Super Bowl appearances for certain teams. Perennial contenders like James Develin, at fullback, Matthew Slater, on special teams, and Rob Gronkowski, at tight end, can never be counted out. But it's still great for Brady and Gilmore!