Washington Redskins special teams ace Lorenzo Alexander has made his first Pro Bowl, his agent announced via twitter Wednesday evening.
The sixth-year pro, who also plays linebacker for the Redskins, made the team after leading the league with 19 special teams tackles and anchoring a kickoff unit that has limited opponents to 23.4 yards per kickoff return (seventh in the NFC).
Alexander has consistently ranked among the special teams tacklers in the league, but routinely got overlooked partly because of the Redskins’ losing records.
Alexander and his coaches say that he has been at his best this season after cutting even more weight and gaining speed, which has made him more unstoppable.
“He’s been doing it since I’ve been here – the last two years at least,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. “I’m surprised he hasn’t made the Pro Bowl. To play as consistent as he has the last couple years, I would think he would make it because he’s been such a dominating force on special teams. …Coaches eventually see guys that make plays and he’s been doing that this year when he’s been double and triple-teamed.”