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Gary Barnidge named to Pro Bowl roster

Browns tight end Gary Barnidge will join teammates Joe Thomas and Alex Mack at the Pro Bowl.

Barnidge received a call on Monday inviting him to the game. He will fly to Hawaii on Tuesday. Barnidge and Tennessee's Delanie Walker both will go as alternates.

“It is a privilege to be able to represent the Browns and our great fans at the Pro Bowl," Barnidge said in a statement released by the team. "One of the best things about this is that I get to share this experience with Joe and Alex.”

Carolina's Greg Olsen is out of the Pro Bowl mix because the Panthers made the Super Bowl. Rob Gronkowski of New England withdrew because he was struggling with a knee issue in the AFC Championship Game. Cincinnati's Tyler Eifert and Kansas City's Travis Kelce are the other two tight ends.

Barnidge tied a Browns record for touchdowns by a tight end in a season with nine. He also led the Browns with 79 receptions and 1,043 yards.

The Pro Bowl will cap a special season for Barnidge. Not only did he excel on the field, but he was named the team's player of the year by the local Pro Football Writers and was the Browns' nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, given for community service.

Ozzie Newsome, Milt Morin, Kellen Winslow Jr., Jordan Cameron and Barnidge are the only Browns tight ends to play in the Pro Bowl.