POSTED: Monday January 24th 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LT DONALD PENN SELECTED TO PRO BOWL
Penn becomes first tackle in Tampa Bay history to be sent to the Pro Bowl
The National Football League announced today that Tampa Bay LT Donald Penn has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster, replacing Green Bay Packers LT Chad Clifton, who will be participating in Super Bowl XLV.
Penn, a fifth-year player, was signed by the Buccaneers from the Minnesota Vikings practice squad in October 2006. He started all 16 games this season and served as the anchor for the Tampa Bay offensive line, which had to overcome several key injuries and featured eight different starting lineups. He protected second-year quarterback Josh Freeman on the way to one of the top ratings in the league, while also helping the Buccaneers to a top 10 finish in rushing, including a 1,000-yard season by rookie RB LeGarrette Blount. In addition, Penn recorded one fumble recovery and a touchdown reception in 2010. His selection marks the first time in franchise history that Tampa Bay has sent a tackle to the Pro Bowl.
Penn, who has recorded 60 consecutive starts for the seventh-longest streak among active tackles in the NFL, played collegiately at Utah State and originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent with Minnesota in 2006.
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