When Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict learned he would be going to his first Pro Bowl after being undrafted just two seasons ago, he admitted that there were tears of joy flowing down his cheeks as he received the news:
“I got in through the back door. I worked so hard. I came in undrafted. I’ve had to come and work ever since I’ve been in here,” said Burfict last week. “I’ve learned so much about the NFL and learned so much about the game. Coach Zimmer and Paul Guenther stay on my back and just get me ready for each game and I’ve got a lot of praise to my coaches and teammates.”
Bengals Linebacker Coach Paul Guenther admitted he cried as well when he learned his pupil would play in his first Pro Bowl:
#Bengals LB coach Paul Guenther said he has cried three times — when his two kids were born and when Burfict was named to the Pro Bowl
— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) January 1, 2014
Burfict finished the season leading the NFL with 171 tackles, which was ten more tackles than the next closest player, Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny with his 161 stops, though Bengals coaches credited him with 204 tackles this year.
Regardless, Burfict has established himself as one of the best backers in the game before he enters his third year in the league.
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