Grimes, Wake Selected To Represent Dolphins In Pro Bowl

Posted Dec 23, 2014

It’s the third consecutive Pro Bowl selection and the fourth overall for Wake, while Grimes was selected for the second consecutive year and the third time in his career.

Cameron Wake and Brent Grimes once again have been recognized as two of the best defensive players in the NFL.

Wake and Grimes were the two Dolphins players selected to the 2015 Pro Bowl teams, which were announced Tuesday night.

It’s the third consecutive Pro Bowl selection and the fourth overall for Wake, while Grimes was selected for the second consecutive year and the third time in his career.

“It feels awesome,” Grimes said Tuesday night. “That’s a great honor as an NFL player to get selected to the Pro Bowl. I’m extremely happy about it.”

This marks the fourth time in five years the Dolphins have had two defensive players selected to the Pro Bowl, with Wake one of the two each time. Randy Starks joined Wake in 2010 and 2012, and Grimes did it the last two years.

Wake currently is ninth in the NFL with 11.5 sacks, the third time in his six seasons he has reached double digits.

The former CFL star had several standout moments this season, the latest coming Sunday when his third-down sack immediately preceded the punt block for a safety.

Wake also played a huge role in the season-opening victory against New England when he came up with two sacks and two forced fumbles in the second half.

With his fourth Pro Bowl nod, Wake joined cornerback Sam Madison and defensive end Bill Stanfill in a tie for sixth place for most Pro Bowls among Dolphins defensive players.

Wake is one of only two Dolphins players to earn Pro Bowl recognition at different positions (linebacker in 2010 and defensive end from 2012-14), joining Starks, who was selected as a defensive end in 2010 and as a defensive tackle in 2012.

Grimes is tied for third in the NFL with five interceptions, but tied for first with Perrish Cox of the San Francisco 49ers among cornerbacks.

His signature play of the season, without question, came in the Detroit game when he jumped high into the air to make a one-handed interception right in front of star wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

“That’s a cool play,” Grimes said. “I had a few interceptions, but that one is pretty cool. When (wife) Miko showed it to me, it was like, wow, that’s pretty dope. I don’t usually say that that often, but when you just watch that play, that was a dope play. I have to say that was my best interception ever.”

Grimes became the third player — and the first in 20 years — to earn a Pro Bowl invitation in his first two seasons with the Dolphins after coming over from another team. Grimes, who signed as an unrestricted free agent in March 2013 after playing for the Atlanta Falcons, joined tight end Keith Jackson (1992-93) and wide receiver Irving Fryar (1993-94).

Grimes has become the third multiple Pro Bowl cornerback in franchise history after Madison and Patrick Surtain.

The Pro Bowl teams were selected through a vote of fans, players and coaches. The 2015 Pro Bowl, which for the second consecutive year will feature an “unconferenced” format and a player draft, will be played Jan. 25 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, site of Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1.

Grimes said his wife and son, Aiden, definitely would accompany him to the Pro Bowl and he wasn’t disappointed in the game moving from Hawaii this year.

“Most people might be a little disappointed about it not being in Hawaii, but somebody like me, I think it’s a great idea because that Hawaii flight is a monster for me,” Grimes said. “That’s the worst part, that long flight. It’s like an 11-hour, 12-hour flight; I’m not too good with those. But I think this flight will be four hours. That’s right on my limit. That’s right there. I can do that one.”