HOUSTON (AP) — DeMeco Ryans played in Hawaii twice in college at Alabama and disliked the long flight so much he vowed not to go again unless he made the Pro Bowl.
Hawaii, here he comes.
The middle linebacker was named an AFC starter and was the only Houston Texan named to the squad announced Tuesday. The game is scheduled for Feb. 10 in Honolulu.
“It’s a long flight, but for the Pro Bowl I'll go over,” he said. “No doubt about it.”
The second-year player, who was Defensive Rookie of the Year last season, leads the AFC with 94 solo tackles and his 121 solo tackles are third in the NFL. He has two sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries, including one he returned for a touchdown this season.
His 276 tackles over the past two seasons are the most in the NFL in that span and he’s had at least 10 tackles in five games this year.