After a sterling rookie season that ended somewhat unceremoniously on Saturday against the Rams, Leighton Vander Esch certainly had a lot to look back on with pride. The least of which was his selection as a second-team All-Pro. Still, many thought The Wolf Hunter should’ve landed on the Pro Bowl squad, and about an hour ago...that’s just where he landed.
#DallasCowboys linebacker @VanderEsch38 has been added to the 2019 Pro Bowl Roster.— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) January 15, 2019
Congratulations, rookie! → https://t.co/AYqEUy2tZx pic.twitter.com/GWbiChLoEQ
You’ve probably heard about all of Vander Esch’s exploits already, but now that the Cowboys season is over, they probably bear repeating (sorry, WOLF repeating). As a rookie (and one without an entire season of starts under his belt), LVE ended his year with 154 tackles, 2 INTs, and 7 PBUs. Zero sacks on the year, but with a defensive line that includes two more Boise State alums in DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford...LVE has to share a little. What’s more, Vander Esch is the first Cowboys defensive rookie to make the Pro Bowl roster in 37 years (HT: Jay Tust). Atta boy, LVE. Bronco Nation couldn’t be prouder.
Defensive ROY candidate @VanderEsch38 proving the doubters (Skip Bayless) & others wrong in first year! If you’re a #Dallascowboys fan watch/spread this highlight reel!— Christopher Saunders (@_Smoke_Saunders) January 14, 2019
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