Wilde Lake's Zach Brown named to AFC Pro Bowl roster

Bills inside linebacker Zach Brown (53) tackles Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry (14) during the first half of their Dec. 24 game.

Zach Brown thought he deserved a spot in the Pro Bowl.

The Buffalo Bills' inside linebacker will get it after all. Brown, who played high school football at Wilde Lake and collegiately at North Carolina, has been named to the AFC roster in place of the New England Patriots' Dont'a Hightower, who is busy preparing for the Super Bowl.

Brown, who was a second-round draft choice of the Tennessee Titans in 2012, finished second in the NFL in total tackles with 130, and also had four sacks, four passes defensed, two forced fumble and an interception. This will be his first Pro Bowl appearance.

The Pro Bow is Sunday in Orlando, Fla.


He wasn't shy about expressing his disappointment when the rosters were announced last month, tweeting "snub," shortly after learning Hightower and Baltimore's C.J. Mosley would represent the AFC at inside linebacker.

"I said, 'Damn, I didn't make it?' It was disappointing," he said. "I was hot. I ain't going to lie. I was mad. I felt like I should've been outright. It just felt that way."

Now he'll get his wish, joining teammates Lorenzo Alexander, Kyle Williams (injury replacement for Miami defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh), Richie Incognito (injury replacement for injured Baltimore guard Marshall Yanda) and Stephon Gilmore in the game.


Running back LeSean McCoy was originally chosen for the game, but will not participate because of injury. Additionally, the Bills announced Monday quarterback Tyrod Taylor turned down a chance to participate as an alternate, also because of injury. Buffalo's six Pro Bowlers this season is the most since the team had that many in 1998.