With seven Arizona Cardinals headed to the Pro Bowl this season, you can tell the team has had a great season. It is the most Pro Bowlers the Cardinals have had since they sent seven in 1977.
Here are some notes and facts about the selections.
ST Justin Bethel
- Bethel was selected to his third straight Pro Bowl, just one shy of current Cardinals radio analyst Ron Wolfley (4, 1986-89) for the most selections as a special teams player in franchise history.
- He is one of just three Cardinals ever selected as a Pro Bowl special teamer, joining Wolfley and Sean Morey (2008) and he remains the only Pro Bowler ever from Presbyterian College.
- Bethel leads the team with 13 special teams tackles this season, the third consecutive year he has led the team in that category, and he also has two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery on special teams.
- Voted as a special teams captain this year for the first time in his career, Bethel signed a three-year contract extension with the Cardinals in December to remain with the team through 2018.
DT Calais Campbell
- This marks Campbell's second consecutive Pro Bowl selection after his first career appearance last year.
- He is the first Cardinals defensive lineman to be selected to consecutive Pro Bowls since Darnell Dockett (2009-10) and just the fifth defensive lineman in team history to make multiple Pro Bowl appearances.
- A defensive team captain for the second straight season, Campbell leads the defensive line and is fifth on the team this season with 59 tackles to go along with 2.5 sacks, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery while starting all 14 games.
- He currently ranks fifth on the franchise all-time sacks list with 46.0 in his career. With 59 tackles in 2015, this marks Campbell's seventh consecutive season with at least 50 tackles.
WR Larry Fitzgerald
- This is Fitzgerald's ninth Pro Bowl selection (2005, '07-13, '15), the most by any player in franchise history. Hall of Fame S Larry Wilson held the previous record with eight.
- In NFL history, only Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (13) has more Pro Bowl selections at wide receiver then Fitzgerald.
- Fitzgerald surpassed 1,000 yards receiving for the seventh time in his career this season (currently at 1,131 yards), extending his own franchise record. In Week 13 at St. Louis, Fitzgerald became the youngest player in NFL history (32 years, 97 days) to reach 1,000 career receptions.
- With 99 receptions so far in 2015, Fitzgerald is just five catches shy of establishing a new franchise record for receptions in a season. He currently holds the record with 103 catches in 2005.
G Mike Iupati
- Iupati earned his fourth straight Pro Bowl selection and first with the Cardinals in his debut season with Arizona.
- He went to the Pro Bowl each of the last three years with San Francisco before signing a five-year contract with the Cardinals in March.
- The sixth-year veteran becomes the Cardinals first offensive lineman selected to the Pro Bowl since tackle Lomas Brown in 1996 and the first guard since Bob Young in 1979. Iupati is one of just three Cardinals guards (Conrad Dobler, 3, 1975-77; Young, 2, 1978-79) to earn Pro Bowl honors since the 1970 merger.
- After missing the first three games of 2015 with a knee injury suffered in the preseason, Iupati has started the last 11 games at left guard and helped the Cardinals rank first in the NFL in total offense and second in scoring offense. He's also helped Arizona rank fifth in fewest sacks allowed (23) and sixth in rushing (1,769 yards).
S Tyrann Mathieu
- This is Mathieu's first career Pro Bowl selection. After injuring his knee in Sunday's game at Philadelphia, Mathieu was placed on injured reserve.
- He becomes the seventh safety in franchise history to be selected to the Pro Bowl and the first since Adrian Wilson in 2011 (Tim McDonald, Jerry Norton, Don Paul, Antrel Rolle and Larry Wilson).
- He started all 14 games this season and had 89 tackles, a team high 16 passes defensed, 5 INTs (TD), 11 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. His 5 INTs are tied for the team lead (Rashad Johnson) and tied for third in the NFC this season.
- Mathieu was selected as the NFC Defensive Player of the Month in November and was also selected as the NFC Defensive Player of the Week following the Cardinals Week 3 win vs. San Francisco.
QB Carson Palmer
- This is Palmer's third career Pro Bowl selection (2005-06) and first since 2006 as a member of the Bengals.
- Palmer joins Kurt Warner, Neil Lomax, Jim Hardy, Jim Hart, Charley Johnson and Charley Trippi as the seventh QB in franchise history to be named to the Pro Bowl.
- Leading the NFL's #1 ranked offense, Palmer has already established a franchise record with 32 TD passes this season and he also on pace to establish franchise single-season records for passing yards and passer rating.
- This season Palmer has thrown for 4,277 yards on 312 completions with 32 TDs, 9 INTs and a 106.7 passer rating. He is currently in the top five in the NFL in passer rating (third), TD passes (third), and passing yards (third).
CB Patrick Peterson
- Peterson was selected to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl and fourth straight as a CB after being chosen as a kick returner as a rookie in 2011.
- Peterson and Hall of Famer Ollie Matson are the only players in franchise history to be selected to the Pro Bowl in each of their first five NFL seasons.
- In franchise history, the only defenders named to the Pro Bowl more times than Peterson (5) are Hall of Famers Larry Wilson (8), Roger Wehrli (7) and Aeneas Williams (6).
- Peterson joins Hall of Famers Jim Brown, Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith as the only players in NFL history to be named to the Pro Bowl five times before their 26th birthday.
- Peterson becomes the seventh player in franchise history and third defensive player (Larry Wilson, Aeneas Williams) to be selected to five consecutive Pro Bowls.