OWINGS MILLS, Md. — While many have labeled him a Pro-Bowl caliber guard over the last couple seasons, fifth-year veteran Ben Grubbs has officially been recognized with the honor after being named to the AFC squad on Monday.
With New England guards Logan Mankins and Brian Waters both taking part in the Super Bowl — as the Ravens can painfully attest to — Grubbs and teammate Marshal Yanda will serve as starters for the conference’s offensive line.
With Grubbs and Yanda opening running lanes, running back Ray Rice was able to lead the league with 2,068 yards from scrimmage and was second in rushing (1,364). Rice also finished with a franchise-record 15 touchdowns, including 12 rushing.
The Ravens will now send eight players to the Pro Bowl, including Rice, linebackers Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs, safety Ed Reed, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, and fullback Vonta Leach. The game will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.