Joe Haden’s not done playing football this season. He’s been named to the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement for Baltimore Ravens’ corner Marcus Peters, the team announced moments ago.
Haden is coming off one of the best seasons of his career, tying Minkah Fitzpatrick for the team lead with five interceptions. It’s the most picks he’s had since his rookie year in Cleveland and the first Steelers’ corner to finish with that many since Chad Scott in 2001. He is the first Steelers’ Pro Bowl corner, even considering injury replacements, since Rod Woodson in 1997.
Haden started all 16 games, played steady, physical run defense, while serving as a leader in the secondary and locker room. It was the first time in his career he started all 16 games.
Joining him in the Pro Bowl are TJ Watt, Minkah Fitzpatrick, and Cam Heyward. All three were originally chosen to play in the NFL’s All-Star game. David DeCastro and Maurkice Pouncey were also elected but have bowed out due to injury. Pouncey suffered a left knee injury in Week 16 which ended his season.
Prior to this year, Haden had been to a pair of Pro Bowls, both with the Browns in 2013 and 2014.
The Pro Bowl will take place on January 26th.