This is Ivory’s first career Pro Bowl after he was named a first alternate at the running back position when the rosters were initially announced Dec. 22.
His team congratulated him for the honor on Twitter:
New York Jets @nyjets
First 1K rushing season. Now his first #ProBowl season! @ivory33 replaces LeSean McCoy >> https://t.co/u5Un9ZK7ib https://t.co/DJYTsrJS452016-1-20 22:43:50
Ivory tallied 1,070 yards—best in the AFC and fifth in the entire league—and seven touchdowns on the ground as well as an additional 217 yards and a score as a receiver.
His versatile playmaking from the backfield balanced out a passing attack that featured fellow Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall and helped the Jets finish 10-6 and remain in the playoff hunt for the entire season until a Week 17 loss to the Bills.
Ivory turned heads early in the campaign when he ran for 166 yards against the Miami Dolphins and 146 yards against Washington in two October contests. In all, he topped 80 rushing yards in seven different games during the 2015 season.
The 27-year-old running back picked an ideal year to break out because he will be a free agent this offseason. While players rarely give their full effort at the Pro Bowl to avoid injuries during what is essentially a scrimmage game, it will be Ivory’s final on-field chance to impress potential suitors during game action before the offseason officially begins.
As for McCoy, he didn’t play in his team’s final two contests because of a knee ailment and clearly did not want to risk further injury in the Pro Bowl.
The Pro Bowl takes place Sunday, Jan. 31, and the players will be assigned to rosters during a draft on Wednesday, Jan. 27.