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Long And Marshall Earn Pro Bowl Berths

Posted Dec 27, 2011

Two of the more integral pieces to the offense for the Miami Dolphins were recognized today by their peers.

Left tackle Jake Long and wide receiver Brandon Marshall earned berths to the Pro Bowl, validating their status as elite players in the league. This is Long’s fourth consecutive selection and third as a starter, while Marshall is being honored for the second time, his first as a reserve.

"I want to congratulate Jake and Brandon on making the AFC Pro Bowl team," Dolphins interim Head Coach Todd Bowles said. "They have played at a high level all season, and their selection is very well-deserved. I think they would both tell you they couldn’t have gained that honor without the help of their teammates, and I would agree. There are other players on the team who also had great years, and hopefully they will get the recognition they deserve in the future"

  Even though the 6-foot-7, 315-pound Long, who was Miami’s first-round pick in 2008 and the league’s first overall, battled injuries all season he still dominated the line of scrimmage and did a solid job protecting the blindside of quarterbacks Matt Moore and Chad Henne. Long also played a big role in getting running back Reggie Bush to his first 1,000-yard season by opening holes for him on the edge.

"I’ve always considered it a great honor every time I’ve been voted to the Pro Bowl," Long said. "It’s very humbling to be associated with the best players in the game. It shows that you have earned the respect of your peers, and I also appreciate the fans who voted for me as well. But I wouldn’t have made the Pro Bowl without the help of my teammates and coaches, and I want to thank  them for the support they have given me all season.

  Marshall has put together his fifth straight 1,000-yard season as a receiver and when Bush surpassed 1,000 yards last week at New England the two of them became the first tandem in franchise history to accomplish the feat. Marshall also doubled his touchdown total from last year when he caught a 19-yard pass from Moore in the second quarter for his sixth of the season and is averaging 15.3 yards per catch through 15 games.

Being named to the Pro Bowl is an amazing accomplishment and I am truly grateful for the honor," Marshall said. "This selection is special, considering the struggles we had this season. I appreciate the fans who voted for me, and it means a great deal that I also was voted to the Pro Bowl by the people who know the most about the game  --  the players and the coaches. I also want to thank my teammates, because football is the ultimate team game and I couldn’t have performed at the level I did without their help."

  This is the third year in a row the Dolphins have had more than one player get a Pro Bowl nod, with three going last year – outside linebacker Cameron Wake, defensive end Randy Starks and long snapper John Denny.
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