Joel Bitonio
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LB in NFL: Wilson Alum Joel Bitonio Makes Pro Bowl

His season has been over for a few weeks with the Browns not making the postseason this year, but Wilson alum Joel Bitonio picked up a major honor last week, earning his second consecutive Pro Bowl recognition. Bitonio was voted as an alternate but will make the game by replacing Steelers lineman David DeCastro, who is injured.

“I am honored and humbled to be named to the Pro Bowl,” Bitonio said in a statement. “To wear our orange helmet and represent Cleveland and our great fans again is something that I take a lot of pride in. It always takes a team effort when you get this type of recognition so it’s really good to be able to share this with some of my teammates.”

Bitonio is the longest-tenured Brown, and started all 16 games at left guard for the team this year. He didn’t miss an offensive snap for the third consecutive season, and was also named second team Associated Press All-Pro for the second consecutive season.

The Pro Bowl will take place on January 26 and air on ABC at 3 p.m.


Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.