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Three Patriots selected to the AFC Pro Bowl squad


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Three members of the New England Patriots have been selected to the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore, linebacker Donta Hightower and special teams captain Matthew Slater have been selected to represent the New England Patriots in the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl on Sun. Jan. 26, 2020, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

Gilmore is headed to his third career Pro Bowl and second consecutive with the Patriots. The eight-year veteran has started all 14 games at cornerback this season and is tied for the NFL lead with a career-high six interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns, and 18 passes defensed. He has also registered 44 tackles and one fumble recovery.

Hightower was named to his second career Pro Bowl (2016). The eight-year veteran has totaled 61 tackles, four sacks, three passes defensed and one fumble recovery he returned for a touchdown. The three-time team captain has appeared in 100 career regular-season games with 97 starts and posted 494 tackles, 24 sacks, two forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, one interception and 16 passes defensed.

Slater earned his eighth career Pro Bowl selection as a special teams player. Slater's eighth Pro Bowl nod as a special teams player surpasses Steve Tasker (1987, 90-95) for most special teams Pro Bowl honors in NFL history. The former fifth-round draft pick out of UCLA earned a roster position with the Patriots as a rookie in 2008 with his contributions on special teams. Entering the 2011 season, teammates elected him as their special teams captain. That year, he was also selected to his first Pro Bowl. Since then, he has earned special teams captain honors to start each season and been voted to the Pro Bowl at season's end every season except 2018. He has led the Patriots in special teams tackles for six of his 11 seasons and has a team-leading 10 special teams tackles so far this season.

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