Special to Caboose Chronicle
ATLANTA — Ovie Mughelli, a fullback for the Atlanta Falcons, has been selected for the 2011 Pro Bowl in the NFC Division.
This is Mughelli's first Pro Bowl nomination in his eight-year career in the National Football League. Mughelli also has made history for the Atlanta Falcons, as the first ever fullback to be selected into the Pro Bowl.
“It is an extreme honor to make the Pro Bowl this year and to be considered the best Fullback in the NFC, especially with such a high caliber of Fullbacks,” Mughelli said in a news release.
“This is something I've been working toward since I entered the NFL, and there are no words to describe how excited I am to finally reach this goal,” Mughelli said. “Since college I've watched great Pro Bowl Fullbacks like Moose Johnson, Lorenzo Neal and Mike Alstott separate themselves from average by being more than just a blocker – but being a well-rounded asset to the team. I want to thank my teammates, especially my O-line, Michael Turner, Jason Snelling and Matt Ryan, and I thank the whole Falcons organization for believing in my ability to help the Falcons win and giving me an opportunity to play for the greatest team in the NFL.”
A Wake Forest graduate where Mughelli got his first taste of the Fullback position, the NFC Pro Bowl selection is a major milestone after much success as a starting, lead blocker for the Falcons offense.