Gary Barnidge Added to Pro Bowl Roster

Gary Barnidge was added to the Pro Bowl roster on January 25, one day after Rob Gronkowski suffered an injury in the AFC Championship Game that will preclude him from participating. Rosters will be drawn on Wednesday, January 27, and the game will return to Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

Barnidge led the Cleveland Browns with 79 receptions, 1,043 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns—including one caught with his buttocks.

That butt-grab was the beginning of what would become one of the most prolific seasons by a Browns tight end, ever. It’s shocking a 30-year-old, in his second season in Cleveland, could shatter franchise and personal records after not producing much at all during his first seven seasons in the NFL. Here’s how his 2015 season stacks up against franchise history, per the team’s official press release:

“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.”

Barnidge led the team with 79 receptions, 1,043 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns. His 1,043 receiving yards were the second-most by a Browns tight end in a season and his 79 receptions were the sixth-most by a Browns tight end in a season. Barnidge’s nine receiving touchdowns tied Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome (1979) for the most touchdown receptions by a Browns tight end in a season. Among NFL tight ends, he finished tied for second in third-down receptions (24), third in receiving average (13.2), third in 25-yard receptions (nine), third in receiving yards (1,043), fourth in receptions (79) and tied for fourth in touchdowns (nine).

Barnidge joins Newsome (three), Milt Morin (two), Kellen Winslow and Jordan Cameron as the only Browns tight ends selected to the Pro Bowl.

Barnidge is the third Browns player to be named to the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl after offensive linemen and perennial all-pros Alex Mack and Joe Thomas earned those honors.

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