TAMPA — The Bucs' fortunes on the field this season don't suggest there's been much stellar play, but Davin Joseph has transcended the team's 4-11 record.
Joseph, Tampa Bay's starting right guard, was named to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday, recognized for the second time in four years.
He was the Bucs' only selection to the NFL's all-star showcase to be held Jan. 29 in Honolulu. Joseph was named to the team after the 2008 season when he was one of three Tampa Bay players selected. It's the second time in two seasons a member of the Bucs' offensive line is Hawaii-bound; left tackle Donald Penn was selected as a replacement for the Packers' Chad Clifton last season.
Joseph said the honor is not representative of just his play, but of Tampa Bay's offensive line as a whole.
"I want to thank God first, and then I'd thank my teammates," Joseph said. "We do everything as one. In the midst of a lot of negativity, (the offensive line) has really been pushing and holding ourselves accountable.
"This isn't an individual honor at all."
Joseph said that, despite the team's record, the veteran offensive line has been mostly consistent this season.
"I think we definitely stepped up our play and cleaned up a lot of errors in our play," he said. "We all got better this season."
Joseph, Tampa Bay's first-round pick in 2006, has been a mainstay on the offensive line throughout his career. He was re-signed by the team in the preseason after the club made him its No. 1 free-agent priority. After several days of negotiations, Joseph signed a seven-year, $52 million deal.