The National Football League announced today that Tampa Bay RB Doug Martin has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster, replacing San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore.
Martin, a rookie, was drafted by the Buccaneers in the first round (30th overall) of the 2012 draft. He started all 16 games this season, and was one of the most dynamic running backs in the NFL this year. Martin finished the season with 1,454 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, adding 472 receiving yards and an additional touchdown. His 1,454 rushing yards were the fifth-most in the NFL this season, and his 11 rushing touchdowns were tied for the fifth-most in the league. Martin’s 1,926 yards from scrimmage were the third-most in the NFL. Martin also recorded 251 rushing yards in Week 9 at Oakland, the tenth-most rushing yards in a single game in NFL history, and a franchise record. In the same game, Martin scored four touchdowns, the most by any player in the league this season, as well as tying a franchise-record. His 1,926 yards from scrimmage are the third most by a rookie in NFL history, trailing only Eric Dickerson (2,212 in 1983) and Edgerrin James (2,139 in 1999).
Martin’s selection marks the fourth time in franchise history that Tampa Bay has sent a running back to the Pro Bowl joining Mike Alstott (1997-2002), Warrick Dunn (1997, 2000) and James Wilder (1984). It is also the first time the team has sent a rookie to the event since 2008 (KR Clifton Smith).