Ravens head coach John Harbaugh recaps the team's time off after the New York Jets game.
The first person Ravens outside linebacker Matthew Judon called when he found out he had been named to his first Pro Bowl was his wife, Breighann.
“Our spouses go through this game with us,” said Judon, who leads the team with 8½ sacks. “Y’all obviously know how long and brutal and time-demanding that this season, the NFL, is on us. She’s pregnant right now, so she’s going through it double. That was the first call. It was pretty special. She cried for the both of us.”
Throughout a franchise-record 10 game-winning streak and holding the league’s best record, the Ravens have preached a team-first mantra, making sure to not single out one player’s successes or failures.
But Tuesday night’s Pro Bowl team announcements, and the Ravens leading the league with 12 players, provided the rare opportunity for players to be lauded for their individual achievements this season.
“We’re very proud of it,” coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday. “I talked to the guys about it yesterday. All these individual awards in the ultimate team sport, it really is a team honor. I know our guys feel that way about it. I feel that way about it. You take pride in it as a coach, and I know the teammates take pride in it because it’s football and everybody works together.”