The wins finally came this year.
The Pro Bowl recognition followed.
Defensive end Myles Garrett and rookie cornerback Denzel Ward were voted to the Pro Bowl, as the teams were announced Tuesday night.
It’s the first selection for both, and Garrett was chosen as a starter for the AFC team.
The Browns (6-7-1) also got a slew of alternates who could get the call: left guard Joel Bitonio (first alternate), rookie running back Nick Chubb (second), punter Britton Colquitt (second), receiver Jarvis Landry (third), rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield (fourth) and right guard Kevin Zeitler (fourth).
Ward, the No. 4 pick out of Ohio State, has three interceptions, 11 passes defensed, 48 tackles, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in 12 games. He’s missed the last two with a concussion.
Ward is the sixth Browns rookie to be named to the Pro Bowl, the first since left tackle Joe Thomas in 2007. Linebacker Chip Banks in 1983, kick returner Greg Pruitt in 1973, receiver Paul Warfield in 1965 and running back Jim Brown in 1957 were the others.
“I’m proud that I am able to represent the city of Cleveland at the Pro Bowl,” Ward, who went to Nordonia High School, said in a news release. “There are so many great players who have made the Pro Bowl in this team’s history and to be included with them is an honor. I want to thank all my coaches, teammates and fans for helping make this happen.”
Garrett, the No. 1 pick in 2017, has 12.5 sacks, 38 tackles and three forced fumbles this year. The sacks are the third-most by a Brown in a season and rank tied for sixth in the league this year.
Garrett is the first Browns defensive end to make the Pro Bowl since Rob Burnett in 1995.
“I’m honored to be selected to the Pro Bowl,” Garrett said. “I especially want to thank the fans for all the support that they show our team. Football is a team game and you can’t do it on your own.
“I’m happy to be able to share this experience with Denzelbecause this honor is really a testament to our entire defense.”
Landry is the only one of the alternates who’s played in a Pro Bowl, making it the last three years as a member of the Dolphins. He has 72 catches for 827 yards and three touchdowns.
Bitonio and Zeitler have been eager to make their first appearances, and Bitonio has a good chance as the first alternate. Players on the roster can miss the game for injury or because they are playing in the Super Bowl the following week.
Chubb has rushed for 860 yards, a 5.2 average and eight touchdowns. Mayfield has completed 63.9 percent for 3,065 yards, 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a 92.6 rating.
General manager John Dorsey has drafted a rookie Pro Bowlerthe last four years, including three with the Chiefs — cornerback MarcusPeters, receiver Tyreek Hill and running back Kareem Hunt.
Middle linebacker Joe Schobert was Cleveland’s only representative last year after the 0-16 season. He wasn’t picked this year despite a strong season.
Players for the game are determined by votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 all-stars.
The game is Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. in Orlando, Fla.