Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker celebrates after making a field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 18, 2016 in Baltimore. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Two lifetime Longhorns selected to 2017 Pro Bowl

Posted December 20th, 2016

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Brian Orakpo and Justin Tucker have been selected to represent the American Football Conference at the 2017 Pro Bowl, the league announced on Tuesday.

Orakpo has 41 total tackles and has matched his career-high in sacks with 11 through 14 games. He also has two pass breakups on the year.

After a tough first week to start the season, Orakpo amassed seven sacks in his next five games. He added two more in Week 10 and currently has a sack in each of his last two games. The last time he had 11 sacks in a season was his rookie year with the Washington Redskins.

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This is Orakpo’s fourth Pro Bowl selection and his first with the Titans.

Tennessee Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) sacks Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Tennessee Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) sacks Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Tucker became the NFL’s most accurate kicker on Sunday night when the Cowboys’ Dan Bailey missed two field goal attempts. The 27-year-old has made 89.6 percent of his field goals to Bailey’s 89.4 percent.

Tucker had been perfect this season until New England blocked a field goal attempt in Week 14. He’s 33-of-34 on the year and has connected on all 25 of his extra point attempts. He’s made 10 field goals from 50-plus yards, including a long of 57.

This is Tucker’s second selection to the Pro Bowl, with his previous one coming in 2013. That year he was also a First-team All-Pro. He became the first kicker to make three 50-plus yard field goals in one half against the Bengals on Nov. 27.

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