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Lions Ansah, Johnson named to Pro Bowl

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Fans, coaches and players took notice of Ziggy Ansah’s breakout season as the Lions defensive end made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career.

Along with Ansah, wide receiver Calvin Johnson will represent the Lions in the annual all-star game in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is the sixth straight year Johnson made the roster, but he hasn’t played since 2011.

Ansah is tied for second in the NFL with 13.5 sacks this season and has been the one true pass-rushing force on the team. He also has a team-high four forced fumbles.

The fans voted Ansah fifth among defensive ends, according to the NFL’s announcement last week. He said making the Pro Bowl would be “humbling.”

Johnson didn’t make the top 10 list of receivers in fan voting, so he clearly had support from the coaches and players to make the list of eight receivers. He reached 1,000 receiving yards Monday for the sixth straight year.

Darius Slay has an argument for being snubbed as he’s been a shutdown cornerback for much of the season, but he doesn’t have the name recognition yet to receive the necessary votes.