Three Buffalo Bills received a last minute call to go to Hawaii to play in the Pro Bowl thanks to the Baltimore Ravens. The fact the Ravens are heading to the Super Bowl meant alternates CJ Spiller, Kyle Williams and Jarius Byrd will replace RB Ray Rice, DT Haloti Ngata and Saftey Ed Reed.
It’s always an honor to represent your team and the city of Buffalo in the Pro Bowl,” said Williams. “To be recognized by the fans, your peers and the coaches you play against means a lot. Our goal next year, as it is every season, is to still be competing at this time. It would be great for us, the fans and the city of Buffalo if we’d be able to watch the Pro Bowl next year as we’re continuing our journey for a Super Bowl.”
Spiller rushed for a career-high 1,244 yards on 207 carries and six touchdowns in 2012 – the first 1,000 yard season of his NFL career. He tied for the NFL-lead among running backs in 2012 with a 6.0 yards per carry average. Spiller eclipsed 100 yards from scrimmage in 11 games in 2012 – the first such season by a Bill since 1993 (Thurman Thomas – 13) and the third player to do so (O.J. Simpson).
A 5-11, 200-pound Clemson product, Spiller entered the NFL as Buffalo’s first-round (10th overall) draft choice in 2010. In his three-year career, Spiller has totaled 2,088 rushing yards on 388 carries with 10 touchdowns and added 106 catches for 885 yards and five scores.
Williams recorded 5.0 sacks and 46 tackles (27 solo) in the 2012. In Week Two vs. Kansas City, Williams matched a career-best with 2.0 sacks and added three tackles.
A 6-1, 303-pound Louisiana State product, Williams entered the NFL as the first of Buffalo’s two fifth-round (134th overall) draft picks in 2006. In his seven-year career, Williams has registered 346 tackles (224 solo) and 18.5 sacks in 99 games played wI’m just really excited and I thank God for the opportunity,” said FS Jairus Byrd. “It’ll be really special to join my teammates C.J. (Spiller) and Kyle (Williams) in Hawaii. I’m looking forward to playing in the game and the entire experience because I didn’t get a chance to do so in my rookie year (2009). It’ll be fun to experience the Pro Bowl for the first time.”
Byrd tied for the AFC-lead with a team-best five interceptions in 2012 and made 76 tackles (53 solo). He received AFC Defensive Player of the Week accolades in Week Six after registering two interceptions, four solo tackles and two passes defensed in the team’s 19-16 overtime win at Arizona. Since entering the NFL as a second-round draft pick of the Bills in 2009, Byrd is tied for third in the NFL with 18 interceptions. ith 94 starts. His 346 total tackles since entering the NFL in 2006 are tied for fifth-most among defensive tackles. This will mark Williams’ second Pro Bowl appearance (2010).
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