Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece has had quite the 2013 even if Raider fans wished the beloved versatile backfield talent got more touches Reece once again has been one of the best fullbacks in football. On Friday evening that was confirmed by the Pro Bowl voters as the Raider Nation along with players and coaches around the league voted Reece to the 2014 Pro Bowl.
It will be a second straight appearance for Reece as he was an alternate in 2012, but went to the game after Baltimore’s Vonta Leach reached the Super Bowl. The Raider Nation definitely helped as Reece was third in the fan vote with 182,668. That vote counted for 1/3 of the voting process and after players and coaches chimed in, there was no question that Reece deserved entry as one of the league’s best fullbacks.
“First off, it’s an honor to be recognized amongst the elite players in the NFL,” Reece said in a statement. “I just want to say thank you to my family and my teammates for allowing me to be myself and play at a high level, and also say thank you, last but not least, to the Raider Nation for showing their continuous support throughout the season and my career.”
Reece’s numbers were more than worthy despite how some feel about his lack of touches. Aaveraging 4.7 yards per carry and 10.3 yards per catch through 16 games Reece also has 218 yards and two touchdowns on 46 carries and 31 catches for 320 yards, which is best in the NFL for fullbacks.
Reece will get a $100, 000 bonus for making the Pro Bowl this season. The game itself will have a new wrinkle as it is no longer an AFC Vs. NFC duel. Instead teams will be picked player by player leading up to the annual All-Star Game. It will be interesting to see where Reece, a fullback who is also an offensive weapon, goes when put into a pool of the league’s best players during the first ever Pro Bowl Draft.