The NFL today announced that five Indianapolis Colts players have been selected to the 2015 Pro Bowl: CB-Vontae Davis, WR-T.Y. Hilton, QB-Andrew Luck, P-Pat McAfee and K-Adam Vinatieri. S-Mike Adams and ILB-D’Qwell Jackson were selected as alternates. The game will be played on Sunday, January 25, 2014, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
This marks the first time since 2010 that five Colts players have been named to the Pro Bowl in a single season. Davis, Hilton and McAfee have earned the honor for the first time in their careers, while Luck and Vinatieri have been named to the Pro Bowl three times apiece.
In 14 starts this season, Davis has compiled 41 tackles (36 solo), a career-high and team-leading 19 passes defensed, a career-high-tying four interceptions and one forced fumble. His passes defensed total currently ranks first in the AFC and second in the NFL, while his four picks rank tied for fourth in the conference and tied for seventh in the league. In a 27-0 victory over Cincinnati in Week 7, he tallied a single-game career-high four passes defensed, as the Colts held the Bengals to 135 total net yards in the shutout.
Over the past two seasons (2013-14), Davis has posted 31 passes defensed, which ranks tied for fifth in the NFL. He was originally acquired by the Colts in a trade with the Miami Dolphins on August 26, 2012 and since that time, he has recorded 142 tackles (118 solo), 39 passes defensed, eight interceptions, one forced fumble and 1.0 sack in 40 games played (all starts).
Hilton has posted career highs of 82 receptions for 1,345 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 starts this season. He ranks third in the AFC in receiving yards, fourth in receiving first downs, tied for fifth in receptions and tied for 10th in receiving touchdowns. Hilton topped 1,000 receiving yards for the second straight year and became only the third player in franchise history with multiple 1,000-yard receiving seasons. He also has six 100-yard performances this year, which is tied for the fifth-most in a single season in team history. In Week 6 at Houston, he tallied 223 receiving yards and set an NFL record for the fewest games to record a 200-yard receiving performance in the regular season and postseason, as he accomplished the feat in his 40th career game.
Hilton has registered the most receptions, receiving yards and 100-yard receiving games in the first three seasons of a career in Colts history, while his touchdown total ranks second. For his 45-game career (25 starts), he has made 214 receptions for 3,289 yards and 19 touchdowns. Hilton has also returned 43 punts for 459 yards and a touchdown and eight kickoffs for 118 yards. He was originally selected by the Colts in the third round (92nd overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Florida International University.
Luck has completed 370-of-600 passes (61.7%) for career highs of 4,601 yards, 38 touchdowns and a 95.4 passer rating in 15 starts in 2014. He has also rushed for 268 yards and three touchdowns on 63 attempts. Luck ranks second in the NFL in passing touchdowns, third in passing yards and fifth in completions. He joined Johnny Unitas (one) and Peyton Manning (six) as the only quarterbacks in franchise history to throw for 30-plus touchdowns in a single season and became the third-fastest player to reach 12,000 career passing yards in NFL history. Luck has posted 10 300-yard passing games in 2014, which set a single-season franchise record (Manning, nine in 2004). He established a team record with eight consecutive 300-yard passing games from Sept. 21 – Nov. 17, 2014. Luck became the first player in NFL history with at least 350 passing yards in five consecutive road contests from Sept. 7 – Nov. 3, 2014. He set a single-game career-high with five touchdown passes against Washington on Nov. 30, 2014 and became the first quarterback in franchise history to throw for two touchdowns of 70-plus yards in a single game. Luck earned AFC Offensive Player of the Month honors in November and AFC Offensive Player of the Week accolades in Week 3.
Luck has led the Colts to 32 victories since 2012, which is tied for the fourth-most to start a career since 1970. He has also thrown for the most passing yards in the first three seasons of a career, as he joined Peyton Manning and Dan Marino as the only players to pass for 4,000 yards in two of their first three NFL seasons. For his career, Luck has completed 1,052-of-1,797 passes for 12,797 yards, 84 touchdowns, 43 interceptions and an 86.2 passer rating in 47 starts, while also rushing for 900 yards and 12 touchdowns on 188 attempts. He was originally selected by the Colts with the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Stanford University.
In 15 games this season, McAfee has recorded 64 punts for 3,018 yards, a 47.2 gross average, a 43.2 net average and 27 punts pinned inside the 20-yard line. He has also registered 90 kickoffs for 69 touchbacks (76.7%). McAfee leads the league in kickoff touchbacks, ranks second in net average and fourth in gross average. He has converted a league-high three-of-three onside kickoffs this season, has tied his own single-season franchise record for punts pinned inside the 20-yard line (27 in 2013 and 2014) and has set a team single-season mark for kickoff touchbacks. In Week 3 at Jacksonville (9/21), he set a Colts single-game record with eight kickoff touchbacks. McAfee was named AFC Special teams Player of the Month in September, AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 6 and was recently named the team’s 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year.
McAfee holds Colts career records in kickoffs (477), kickoff touchbacks (233), punting gross average (45.8) and punting net average (39.1). He ranks fourth in franchise history in career punts (430) and punting yards (19,703) and third in punts inside the 20 (143). McAfee was originally selected by the Colts in the seventh round (222nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of West Virginia University.
Vinatieri has converted all 28 of his field goal attempts and all 47 of his extra point attempts for 131 total points this season. He is the only kicker in the NFL to have not missed a single attempt in 2014 and could become the fifth kicker in NFL history with a 100 percent field goal percentage in a season (minimum one field goal attempt per team game). He would be the oldest kicker to accomplish the feat, as he turns 42 years old on Sunday, December 28. Vinatieri has made his last 34 field goal attempts, which ranks as the second-longest streak in Colts history and the fourth-longest in NFL history. This year, he also became the only player in NFL history to record 900 points with two teams (New England and Indianapolis) and recorded his 17th career 100-point season, which surpassed Jason Elam for the most in league history.
For his 19-year NFL career, Vinatieri has converted 476-of-568 field goals for an 83.8 percentage, which ranks 14th all-time. He has totaled 2,137 career points, which ranks fourth in league history and first among active players. Vinatieri has also recorded a streak of 176 consecutive regular season games in which he has scored at least one point. He was originally signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 22, 2006.
Adams has totaled 89 tackles (69 solo), 11 passes defensed, a career-high five interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble in 15 starts in 2014. He is tied for the NFL lead with seven takeaways this year and ranks second among NFL safeties with 11 passes defensed. He is also the only player in the league to post two multiple-interception games this season.
Adams was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on June 12, 2014. For his 11-year career, he has registered 577 tackles (437 solo), 66 passes defensed, 18 interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, nine fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles and 5.0 sacks in 161 games played (88 starts). He has also made 71 career tackles on special teams.
Jackson has started all 15 games this season and has posted the second-highest single-season tackle total of his career (171), to go along with career highs of 4.0 sacks and four fumble recoveries. This marks his fourth consecutive 100-tackle season and the seventh overall for his career. Jackson was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 13 against Washington after he recorded 12 tackles (seven solo), two tackles for loss, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery, which he returned 35 yards for a touchdown.
Jackson was signed by the Colts as a free agent on March 6, 2014 after spending eight seasons (2006-2013) with the Cleveland Browns. For his 112-game career (111 starts), he has notched 1,062 tackles (668 solo), 29 passes defensed, 15.5 sacks, 11 fumble recoveries, six forced fumbles and eight interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown.
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