The Detroit Lions finally have a Pro Bowler.
It’s Prater’s second Pro Bowl appearance after he went as a member of the Broncos in 2013, the same season he set an NFL record for the longest field goal (64 yards).
Prater was one of the most consistent Lions players this season. He had the fourth-best field goal kicking season of his career (31 of 36 made) and made all seven of his field-goal attempts from 50 yards and beyond. He was a perfect 13 of 13 this season in the fourth quarter and 7-for-7 with two minutes or less remaining in a game.
The 31 field goals made are a career-high and the third-highest in Lions history behind two Jason Hanson seasons (1993, 2012)
He made four game-winning field goals in 2016 (at Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Minnesota) and made a 58-yard field goal to send Detroit’s game at Minnesota to overtime. The 58-yarder is the second-longest field goal in Lions history, behind the 59-yarder he made last season at Chicago.
In his career, he’s made 18 game-winning or game-tying field goals with four minutes or less to play in a game.
He won NFC Special Teams Player of the Week three times this season.
The Pro Bowl is also a trip back to Prater’s college days. He kicked at the University of Central Florida, and in his time at UCF, the Knights played in the what used to be known as the Citrus Bowl -- now known as Camping World Stadium.