The Jets are sending a three-man contingent to the Pro Bowl.
Center Nick Mangold and cornerback Darrelle Revis were named starters for the AFC while left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson was also selected, though not as a starter.
It’s the third straight selection for Mangold, the heart and soul of the Jets' offensive line, one that’s paved the way for one of the NFL’s best rushing attacks the past two seasons. He's started every game since he was drafted in 2006, a streak of 79 straight regular-season games and four playoff matchups.
"I don't think it can ever become old hat," Mangold said of his selection. "It's a special thing and I'm real proud of it."
Revis, who's posted 35 tackles, 13 passes defensed and two fumble recoveries, was also tabbed for the third consecutive season, his second as a starter.
After taking longer than maybe anticipated to round into form following his training camp contract dispute and shake off a couple of nagging hamstring injuries, he’s returned to his elite status, once again shutting down whatever receiver he happens to line up over.
"It's not going to take what happened in the past away," Revis said, referring to his contract holdout and hamstring injuries. "I didn't even have the Pro Bowl in my mind this year. My mindset this year was getting back with the guys and getting back into football and playing ball.
"But I made it. I appreciate it, that people respect me and my game."
Ferguson, a Freeport native, received his second nod. He was added to the roster last season after Miami tackle Jake Long couldn’t play due to injury.
"I just see it as a great honor," said Ferguson, who like Mangold, has started in 79 straight contests since getting drafted in 2006. "I'm glad l was able to get in a little easier this year on the ballot. But just being part of it is a great experience, and it's always a humbling experience. I'm just really happy right now."
"It's a nice confirmation," he added. "People kind of see the work that you put in. It's a great thing to know that other people see you as a great, talented player. It's just a great feeling."
As for the Jets' alternates, they are: LB Davis Harris (first), KR Brad Smith (second), CB Antonio Cromartie (second), TE Dustin Keller (second), RG Brandon Moore (third), DE Shaun Ellis (fourth), LB Calvin Pace (fourth), LB Jason Taylor (fourth) and RB LaDainian Tomlinson (fifth).
The game is scheduled for Jan. 31 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.