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Big week for Joel Bitonio: Daughter born, gets call to first Pro Bowl

Joel Bitonio is finally headed to the Pro Bowl.

The news took a car seat to what happened Monday.

Bitonio’s wife, Courtney, gave birth to their first child, Zoey Grace.

“My heart is so full of love for her, and I’ve never been more proud of @courtneybitonio for making this happen!” he wrote on Instagram with a picture of the baby girl.


Bitonio, a stalwart at left guard for the Browns, was added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster Thursday when Steelers guard David DeCastro withdrew due to injury. Bitonio, who’s played at an all-star level throughout his career, was voted a first alternate last month.

Bitonio gives the Browns three Pro Bowlers, joining defensive end Myles Garrett and rookie cornerback Denzel Ward. Garrett was voted a starter.

“I am so honored to be able to represent the city of Cleveland and all the great Browns fans at the Pro Bowl,” Bitonio said in a news release. “It’s good to be recognized by the players, coaches and fans for your hard work.

“What’s really cool, though, is that I can share this honor with Myles and Denzel, but I wish all our offensive linemen could come too because it’s a group effort.”

Bitonio, a second-round pick out of Nevada in 2014, is the longest-tenured member of the Browns and a captain. He didn’t miss an offensive snap for the second straight season.

He was voted second-team All-Pro last week.

The Pro Bowl is Jan. 27 in Orlando, Fla.

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