Browns long snapper Ryan Pontbriand has been named to the 2009 AFC Pro Bowl roster as the AFC’s need player, the club announced this afternoon.
Pontbriand also went to last year’s Pro Bowl as the AFC’s need player.
Pontbriand was originally a fifth-round draft choice in the 2003 NFL Draft out of Rice University and has been a steady contributor throughout his career. In 2008, he was a key member of the special teams unit that helped K Phil Dawson achieve a pair of milestones during the 2008 season. With a 27-yard field goal against Philadelphia on December 15, Dawson pushed his season total to 30 successful kicks, surpassing Matt Stover’s previous franchise mark of 29 set in 1995.
Pontbriand also snapped the ball for Dawson’s longest career field goal, a 56-yard boot that proved to be the game-winner in a 29-27 win over Buffalo on Monday Night Football. He was also instrumental in helping P Dave Zastudil to his most prolific season in the pros, notching a career-best 45.5 average and 39.4 net average.
“I’m honored to be selected for the AFC Pro Bowl roster for the second year in a row,” Pontbriand said. “This is the ultimate recognition of performance during the season for a position that receives so few accolades. I’m extremely excited to spend some time in Hawaii with my teammates, my wife Nicole, and my brand new daughter, Avery.”
Pontbriand joins Browns defensive tackle Shaun Rogers and left tackle Joe Thomas in the Feb. 8 Pro Bowl. In addition, Joshua Cribbs remains a first alternate for the Pro Bowl at two positions: return specialist and special teams utility player.
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