Raiders fullback Marcel Reece earned his first Pro Bowl selection Sunday night when the Baltimore Ravens defeated the New England Patriots.
Reece was named a Pro Bowl alternate and will make the trip to Honolulu due to Ravens fullback Vonta Leach heading to New Orleans to prepare for Super Bowl XLVII.
Reece has quickly grown into one of the NFL’s most dynamic players, serving as a lead-blocker, wide receiver and running back.
The 6-foot-1, 255 pound fullback stepped in and started four games at the running back position when Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson both went down with high-ankle sprains. Reece rushed the ball a career-high 59 times for 271 yards. Reece, who played wide receiver at the University of Washington, also caught 52 receptions for 496 yards and one touchdown. His 52 receptions was the second most on the team.
The undrafted free agent joined the Silver & Black in 2008 and spent his first season on the Raiders practice squad before joining the active roster in 2009. Reece was also named an alternate last season, but never got the opportunity to go the Hawaii.
The Pro Bowl will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI on Jan. 27, 2013. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski was also named an alternate but doesn’t appear to be going back after he made his first Pro Bowl last season.