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Ryans, Samuels Headed to NFL Pro Bowl



One year after earning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors, former Alabama All-American DeMeco Ryans is headed to the Pro Bowl.

Ryans, the starting inside linebacker for the Houston Texans, will make his Pro Bowl debut for the American Football Conference (AFC) in the NFL Pro Bowl Sunday, Feb. 9 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In 14 games this season, Ryans has 121 total tackles, six pass deflections, two sacks, one forced fumble and one interception.  He has recorded 276 tackles in 30 career NFL games for the Texans.

Ryans will be joined by another former Tide All-American Chris Samuels, who was selected as a reserve for the National Football Conference (NFC).

Samuels will be making his fifth Pro Bowl appearance since joining the league in 2000.  The 6-5, 317-pounder has started every game at left tackle this season. He has helped lead a ground game that is ranked 11th in the NFL with an average of 116.7 yards per game. Samuels has faced off against some of the NFL's top pass rushers, including Jason Taylor, DeMarcus Ware, Osi Umenyiora and Trent Cole. As a unit, the Redskins' offense has allowed 24 sacks through 14 games, tied for 11th-best in the league.