Five Ravens are heading to the Pro Bowl, and they range from a guy making his 12th trip to the All-Star game in 15 seasons to a guy making his first Pro Bowl roster after being a part of nine different organizations.
Those five include linebacker Ray Lewis, safety Ed Reed, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, kicker Billy Cundiff and linebacker Terrell Suggs.
Lewis, Reed, Ngata and Cundiff made the roster as starters, while Suggs will come off the bench. The Ravens also had eight players named as alternates.
"I'm happy for those who made it," general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "I'm also pleased for the alternates who get to know that players and coaches around the league think highly of them. Plus, it gives them something to shoot for."
At the top of the Pro Bowl list is obviously Lewis, who will make his 12th Pro Bowl appearance.
Lewis has recorded a team-high 134 tackles through 15 games this season. He's also added two sacks, two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), four passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
"Wow, No. 12 feels like No. 1," Lewis said. "This never gets old. This is the greatest honor ever, because this is from the fans, the coaches and your peers. I am blessed with great teammates, and I wouldn't be here without them. I feel this is a team award."
Reed was named to his seventh Pro Bowl in nine seasons. Despite missing the first six games of the season while on the physically-unable-to-perform list, Reed has posted 37 tackles and a team-best six interceptions (returned for 135 yards).
Ngata has now made the Pro Bowl in back-to-back seasons after going his first three seasons without making the All-Star game. He's been a consistent force up front for the Ravens all season totaling 64 tackles and a career-high 5.5 sacks.
Cundiff, as I mentioned, has had a topsy-turvy NFL career, and he spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons out of a job. He's bounced back in a big way, winning the Ravens' kicking job this summer and putting up huge numbers this season. Cundiff has notched 38 touchbacks, tied for fourth-most all time (from the 35- and 30-yard line starting points) and has connected on 88.9 percent of his field goals (24-of-27).
"I am humbled, as this is such a great honor," Cundiff said in a statement. "This is the result of having great teammates and coaches surrounding you. The rapport that Sam [Koch, holder] and Morgan [Cox, long snapper] and I developed during training camp was invaluable this season. I worked my butt off to prove to our coaches that they made the right choice, and hopefully, this gives them a little gratification."
Suggs made his fourth Pro Bowl in eight seasons after posting a team-high 11 sacks, 55 tackles and two forced fumbles. He's just one sack short of tying a career high (12 in 2003) and has been on fire lately, recording 7.5 sacks in the Ravens' last eight games.
Ravens fans will be disappointed to hear that punter Sam Koch did not make the Pro Bowl, but he has been named as a first alternate, as have guard Ben Grubbs and fullback Le'Ron McClain.
Each would receive an invitation if a player in front of him cannot attend due to injury or Super Bowl participation.
Five other Ravens were named as alternates: quarterback Joe Flacco and offensive tackle Michael Oher were selected as third alternates, while wide receiver Anquan Boldin, safety Dawan Landry and running back Ray Rice are fourth alternates.
Of course, all the Ravens that made the Pro Bowl hope that they won't actually be participating in the game. Since the Pro Bowl is now a week before the Super Bowl, those who are still in the running for a Lombardi Trophy will watch the All-Star game from the sidelines.