INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts will have five representatives at the 2015 Pro Bowl.
On Tuesday night, Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton, Vontae Davis, Pat McAfee and Adam Vinatieri were named to this season's Pro Bowl, which will be played in Glendale, Arizona on January 25, 2015.
The five Pro Bowlers for the Colts matches the most the team has had since the 2010 season. Mike Adams and D'Qwell Jackson have been selected as alternates for the Pro Bowl.
For the second straight year, the Pro Bowl will be played under an unconferenced format with a players draft on Wednesday, January 21 at 8:00 p.m. The Pro Bowl team captains will be Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin choosing players for each side.
Here's a rundown of the Colts 2015 Pro Bowlers:
Andrew Luck:Luck's gradual improvement in passing statistics have taken quite the jump in 2014. He's thrown for a career-high 4,601 passing yards and his 38 touchdowns are 15 more than he threw for in each of his first two seasons. Luck's passer rating of 95.4 this year is also a career-high. On the season, Luck is 370-of-600 (61.7 percent) while leading the Colts to a third straight double-digit win season. This marks the third Pro Bowl appearance for Luck.
"I think Andrew's fine," Matt Hasselbeck said with a rye smile earlier today when asked about Luck's Pro Bowl candidacy. "He's a shoe in."T.Y. Hilton:In 14 games this season, Hilton has 1,345 receiving yards (5th in the NFL). Hilton has 82 catches and seven touchdowns this year, both tying career-highs. This is the first Pro Bowl appearance for Hilton.
"It's a really tough position to make the Pro Bowl," Hasselbeck said on Tuesday afternoon of Hilton's potential Pro Bowl. "If he was able to make it, it would be purely based on merit and the respect of coaches and players and then I guess the small percentage of fans as well.
"But if I did have a vote, and could put one guy on our team in, it would be T.Y. He's special. He doesn't get the respect that he deserves."Vontae Davis:Davis' first Pro Bowl comes via him virtually eliminating one half of the field the Colts defense must defend week. Davis leads the NFL with a passer rating of 39.1 in balls thrown his way. With four interceptions this year, Davis is tied for seventh in the NFL and his 19 pass deflections are the second most in the league.
"It's something that would be an accomplishment," Davis said on Tuesday afternoon if he earned the Pro Bowl nod.
Colts outside linebacker Erik Walden made a strong case for Davis' nod.
"He's the truth," Walden said. "He's that lock down guy who we know can take away one receiver. Having seen him develop and mature into the player he is now, he deserves it."Pat McAfee:The first Pro Bowl for McAfee comes thanks to his impact in a variety of ways. From a punting standpoint, McAfee ranks second in the NFL with a net punting average of 43.2 yards. His 27 punts pinned inside the 20-yard line has tied his own franchise record. McAfee's 69 kickoff touchbacks in 2014 are the second most for a single season in NFL history.
"He's had a great year and has done amazing stuff," Adam Vinatieri says of his fellow kicker. "He's a huge asset for our team and he's had a Pro Bowl season."Adam Vinatieri:Vinatieri's third Pro Bowl nomination in his 19 NFL seasons comes in an historic season. Vinatieri is a perfect 28-of-28 on field goals this season and if he doesn't miss in Week 17, he will become the fifth kicker in NFL history to have a perfect year (minimum 17 attempts). He's also connected on 10 field goals from at least 40 yards this season.
"It would be a great honor," Vinatieri said on Tuesday afternoon. "It's always fun to be nominated for that. When you are voted by your peers, coaches and fans that say you have done well enough to make it, that's a great thing. To get a little bit of acknowledgment for that would be awesome."