Mixon Credits "The Big Nasties," Up Front For Pro Bowl Nod; But, "We Want To Play In Super Bowl"

Joe Mixon points to his first Pro Bowl.
Joe Mixon points to his first Pro Bowl.

Joe Mixon, stalking the best season by a Bengals running back since Rudi Johnson 15 years ago, became the first Cincinnati running back to make the Pro Bowl since Johnson went in 2004 when the teams were announced Wednesday night.

That's the year Johnson broke Corey Dillon's club-record with 1,454 yards before he broke his own record the next season with 1,458 and ended the three-year run in 2006 with 1,309.

Mixon, the NFL's second-leading rusher with 1,094 yards and on pace for 1,328, also has 204 receiving yards on 29 catches. He'd be the first Bengals back since Dillon in 2002 to have at least 1,300 yards rushing and 200 yards receiving. He's also on pace for 318 carries and would be the first Bengal to hit 300 since Cedric Benson lugged it 321.

"I owe the Pro Bowl to the Big Nasties up front," Mixon said. "Without them I couldn't have accomplished it. And it's my goal not to play in the Pro Bowl because we want to go to the Super Bowl."

Mixon went down with an ankle injury late in Sunday's 15-10 victory in Denver, but went full in Wednesday's practice.

Bengals running back Cedric Peerman went to the 2015 Pro Bowl as a special teamer.