The NFL released its list of players who were selected for the 2015 Pro Bowl. The Arizona Cardinals have three players who have made the All-Star squad, with two players as alternates.
Defensive end Calais Campbell, cornerback Patrick Peterson and cornerback Justin Bethel were named to the Pro Bowl. Bethel makes it as a special teamers.
Veteran receiver Larry Fitzgerald and veteran cornerback Antonio Cromartie were selected as alternates.
Bethel was selected to his second consecutive Pro Bowl, joining current Cardinals radio analyst Ron Wolfley (1986-89) as the only players in franchise history to earn multiple Pro Bowl selections as a special teams player. Bethel leads the team with 18 special teams tackles this season, the third straight year he has led the Cardinals in that category. He also recorded his third career blocked field goal in the team's Week 9 victory at Dallas, blocking Dan Bailey's 35-yard attempt on the final play of the first half, earning his first career NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honor. Bethel is one of just three Cardinals players ever selected as the Pro Bowl's special teams player, joining Wolfley and Sean Morey (2008).
Campbell is going to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career after being named an alternate in 2013. He is the first Cardinals defensive end to be selected to the Pro Bowl since Bertrand Berry in 2004. Campbell is second on the team with 7.0 sacks this season and he currently ranks sixth on the franchise all-time sacks list with 43.5 in his career. With 54 tackles in 2014, this marks Campbell's sixth consecutive season with at least 50 tackles and 6.0 sacks, extending his own franchise record. In 2013, he became the first player in team history to record 50+ tackles and 6.0+ sacks in five straight seasons. Campbell has started 13 games this year (missing two with a knee injury) and leads the defensive line with 54 tackles while ranking second on the team with 10 tackles for loss and 17 QB pressures to go along with one interception. He set a new single-game career high this season with three sacks in Week 12 at Seattle.
This is the fourth consecutive Pro Bowl for Peterson and his third straight selection at cornerback after being chosen as a kick returner as a rookie in 2011. Peterson joins Hall of Famer Ollie Matson as the only players in team history to be selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first four NFL seasons. He joins Hall of Famers Jim Brown, Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith as the only players in NFL history to be chosen to four Pro Bowls before their 25th birthday.
Peterson becomes the 11th player in franchise history, and fifth defensive player, to be chosen to four consecutive Pro Bowls. His three Pro Bowl selections at cornerback tie him for the fourth-most by a cornerback in franchise history, trailing only Roger Wehrli (7), Aeneas Williams (6), and Dick "Night Train" Lane (4). Peterson has started every game this season, the fourth consecutive season he has done so, and is tied for second on the team with three interceptions. Following Week 10 vs. St. Louis, Peterson was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career after picking off two passes and returning one for his first career interception return touchdown. He also has 44 tackles, eight passes defensed and one sack this season.
The 2015 Pro Bowl will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday, January 25 and will be televised live on ESPN at 6:00 PM MST.
The Pro Bowl will again be "unconferenced" for the second straight year. Players were selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players. Players will be assigned to teams during the Pro Bowl Draft on Wednesday, January 21 live on NFL Network at 6:00 PM.