Oakland Raiders FB Marcel Reece was named to the 2014 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Friday evening. Reece, who earned Pro Bowl accolades last season, has now earned the honor in consecutive seasons.
One of the NFL's most versatile players, Reece has played in all 15 games with 14 starts so far in 2013, making 13 starts at fullback and one at running back (Dec. 8 at NYJ) when the Raiders lost Darren McFadden, Rashad Jennings and Jeremy Stewart to injury.
"First off, it's an honor to be recognized amongst the elite players in the NFL," Reece said. "I just want to say thank you to my family and my teammates for allowing me to be myself and play at a high level, and also say thank you, last but not least, to the Raider Nation for showing their continuous support throughout the season and my career."
The 6-foot-1, 255-pound fullback has rushed for 218 yards on 46 attempts, averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Starting at running back on Dec. 8 at the NY Jets, Reece rushed for a career-high 123 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown run, the longest rush of his career.
As a receiver, Reece has posted 31 catches for 320 yards on the year, good for an average of 10.3 yards per catch. His 10.3 receiving average is third best among all running backs in the NFL, and the 10.7 average since 2009 is tops amongst backs.
The native of Inglewood, Calif., joined the Raiders in 2008 as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Washington, where he played wide receiver. Reece spent the entire 2008 season and the majority of the 2009 campaign on the Raiders' practice squad, becoming a starter for the Silver and Black in 2010. He was named a Pro Bowl alternate in 2011.