FOXBORO, Mass. — Five New England Patriots players were voted into the 2015 Pro Bowl, but they’d rather play in the bigger game a week later.
Cornerback Darrelle Revis, quarterback Tom Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski, kicker Stephen Gostkowski and special-teams ace Matthew Slater were selected to the Pro Bowl, but they’ll only represent the team if they don’t make Super Bowl XLIX, which also will be held at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Revis said he appreciates the honor, but the Patriots have their sights on the bigger prize.
“We’ve got team goals that we want to accomplish, and the Pro Bowl is definitely not one of them,” Revis said Wednesday. “I think a bunch of guys got in — Tom, Rob, Slate, Steve — we all appreciate getting honored, but at the same time, collectively as a whole group, as a team, we can just throw that under the bus, because we’re focused more on the team.”
Revis wouldn’t take all the credit for his Pro Bowl nod, heaping praise on his teammates and coaches.
“You know, it’s an honor to be on a list of great, talented guys, some of the greatest players in the game,” Revis said. “It is. It shows you — especially coming from the ACL — but it just shows the important work you put in, and I’ve just got to thank my teammates for making my job a little bit more easier. It all works together, the pass rush, the schemes that we do that the coaches draw up. I thank the coaches, as well, and my teammates for making my job easier.”
Revis has allowed 499 yards and two touchdowns in coverage this season on 36 catches and 76 targets. He’s picked off two passes, and teammates also have intercepted two passes on targets thrown at the talented cornerback. This is the sixth time Revis has been selected to the Pro Bowl.
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