Posted Monday, January 24th 2011 @ 2pmCleveland Browns center Alex Mack has been named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster, the league announced today.
Mack replaces New York Jets center Nick Mangold who could not participate due to injury. "I'm very excited to be able to go to Hawaii,” Mack said. “It's unfortunate that Nick had to get injured for me to go, but I'm looking forward to representing the Browns. It has been a lifelong dream for me and from here on, it's working to make many more. I'm excited to be going and I can't wait to play in this game."
Mack has not missed an offensive snap since joining the Browns as the 21st overall selection of the 2009 NFL Draft. In 2010, he was part of an offensive line that paved the way for five individual 100-yard rushing performances and a running game that averaged 4.0 yards per rush attempt.
He is one of six Browns centers to earn Pro Bowl honors and the first since Tom DeLeone in 1981. Mack will be joined in Hawaii by teammate Joe Thomas, who was voted a starter at tackle.
For the first time since the 1981 Pro Bowl, the Browns will have at least two offensive linemen at the annual all-star game. That year, guard Joe DeLamielleure, DeLeone and tackle Doug Dieken all represented the Browns.