By Football | samfordsports.com
Former Samford star defensive back James Bradberry was named to the National Football League's 2021 Pro Bowl when the NFL released the rosters for the game Monday afternoon.
Bradberry is in his first season with the New York Giants after spending the previous four seasons with the Carolina Panthers. So far this season, Bradberry has 47 tackles, including 39 solo stops. He also has a team-high three interceptions during the 2020 season.
For his five-year NFL career, Bradberry has intercepted 11 passes. He also has 317 career tackles, including 252 solo stops. He has defended 64 passes, forced four fumbles and recovered one fumble in his professional career.
Bradberry was drafted by the Panthers with the 62nd overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He has been a consistent starter throughout most of his NFL career.
For his four-year Samford career, Bradberry tallied 128 total tackles, including 90 solo stops. He recorded eight interceptions, tallying two in each of his four seasons. As a senior in 2015, Bradberry finished with 45 tackles, including 29 solo stops. He also recorded two interceptions.
Bradberry was named a third team All-American, and earned first team All-SoCon distinction as a senior in 2015. He was also named second team All-SoCon in both 2013 and 2014.
Bradberry becomes the first Samford player to be selected for the Pro Bowl since Cortland Finnegan earned the honor in 2008. The 2021 Pro Bowl is set for Sunday, January 31, in Las Vegas.