Robert Quinn and Aaron Donald Represent St. Louis Rams In Pro Bowl


Despite not being in the top ten in most of the fan polls in the weeks leading up to the 2015 Pro Bowl roster being announced, St. Louis Rams players Robert Quinn and Aaron Donald will be representing the team in Arizona the week before the Super Bowl.

For Quinn, it is his second consecutive season of being voted into the Pro Bowl.  Quinn currently has 10.5 sacks to lead the Rams. This is his third-consecutive season in double digits in the category. In addition, he has 35 quarterback pressures, 22 quarterback hits and 13 tackles for loss.

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Quinn has become one of the more dominant players at defensive end over the last couple of years, and he is finally starting to get rewarded for it. Over the last three seasons, only Houston’s J.J. Watt has more sacks than Quinn’s 40.0.  Quinn is the first Rams defender to make the Pro Bowl in consecutive seasons since CB Jerry Gray did so in 1988-89.

Donald is the first Rams rookie to make the Pro Bowl since RB Jerome Bettis earned the honor in 1993. He’s the first Rams rookie defensive player to receive a Pro Bowl nod since LB Isiah Robertson did so in 1971.

Donald, who was the 13th overall pick in last years draft, leads all NFL rookies with 8.0 sacks and ranks fifth in the category among all interior defensive linemen. His 8.0 sacks are fourth most by a Rams defensive tackle since the NFL began recognizing the stat in 1982. Donald has 17 tackles for loss, which is the most by a defensive tackle since the NFL began tracking the stat in 1997.

The one Rams player who won’t be joining the team this year is punter Johnny Hekker who made the Pro Bowl last year. Hacker is third among punters this season with an average net yardage of 46.1. He is also third in return percentage with only 34.7% of his punts being returned.

Hekker has a weapon with his leg, but he has also became quite a weapon throwing the ball. This season Hekker is 2-2 for 37-yards throwing the ball, but he is 5-6, for 79 yards and a touchdown with a perfect passer rating of 158.3. While the Rams punter isn’t in the NFL’s all-star game this year, there is no doubt that he is still one of the NFL’s best punters.

Quinn and Donald give St. Louis multiple defenders in the Pro Bowl for the first time since 2003 when defensive end Leonard Little defensive back Aeneas Williams made it. The Rams went years without sending a single player to the Pro Bowl, now for the second straight year, they will have sent multiple.

To see the rest of the players who will be playing in the big game, click here.