Wilson alum Joel Bitonio received a much-deserved honor on Thursday morning, as he became just the second Bruins alum to be named to the Pro Bowl. Bitonio joins Norm Standlee, who received the honor in 1941 and 1950.
Bitonio, an offensive lineman for the Browns, has consistently been graded among the best at his position by Pro Football Focus, but because of the Browns’ struggles in recent years hasn’t had a huge fan contingency to help vote him to the Pro Bowl. This year he was an alternate, and made it in after an injury.
Bitonio is the third Long Beach product to receive Pro Bowl honors this year, the most ever in a single year. He will join Poly alums Jurrell Casey and JuJu Smith-Schuster in the Pro Bowl on Jan. 27.
We’ll have a feature on Joel including an interview available this weekend.