A shared Pro Bowl experience worth repeating

It's not every year that three defensive lineman from the same team are named Pro Bowlers. Well, that is unless you're talking about Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and Mario Williams.

It's the second year in a row that the dynamic Bills trio made a trip out west to play amongst the best in the NFL, and they're planning on making this a trend.

"A lot of people say they really don't like to pick all three guys or just even the same people each year for the Pro Bowl, but it means a lot for us to be out here again," said Dareus. "It means what we're doing is really working and it's not just luck. We're actually putting it together and it actually works and we can probably do it again and again and again and again."

And if Dareus' repeated use of the word 'again' didn't convince you of his certainty, perhaps Mario's confident expectation of future success will.

"When I first came to Buffalo I knew about Kyle and Marcell and what they were capable of and that the possibility of us being teammates, being able to play, compete and have fun," he said. "I'd say I'm not surprised three of us are here together. It means we're just going to keep doing what we do as a unit and keep making it happen."

Bills defensive end Mario Williams and defensive tackles Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus represent the Bills at the events leading up to the 2015 Pro Bowl in Arizona.

Ask any of the three and they'll tell you it's a feat, but no coincidence that the success of their d-line as a unit led to the Pro Bowl accolade. Football is a team sport, and each position group is a team in and of itself, winning and losing together.

"I think that around the league, coaches, players, fans, recognize the group we have up front, both in what we can do collectively together and also being here as individuals. It's cool," said Kyle.

And though each lamented that their standout fourth d-line teammate in Jerry Hughes isn't on Team Carter with them as a Pro Bowler in Arizona, they're celebrating the honor that it is and taking in the week with their families and fellow NFL all-stars alike.

"With three out of the four and a fourth who was as good as anybody who didn't get to come, it's a special deal," said Kyle. "Us as players, we have to take the time to enjoy it and reflect on the accomplishment and hopefully our fans do too. It doesn't happen that this many of a front four are here together enjoying the moment and time."

"It's so surreal," said Dareus. "You're living in the moment and you don't actually realize it's real until the game starts. As the weekend goes on it gets a little more serious. But we're just having fun and living in the moment. Everyone is just enjoying playing with the best guys in the league."

But even though they plan to make their repeat Pro Bowl appearance as a trio – or hopefully quad - a pattern, where they'd rather be right now is back in Buffalo, preparing for a Super Bowl appearance as a squad of 53.

"This means a lot, to be able to be here with your teammates representing your organization," said Kyle. "But at the end of the day we want to be a little bit better so that we can sit out this week and play in championship games and the Super Bowl. We want to be watching the Pro Bowl on TV. The main goal is getting better and better and trying to build on a 9-7 team and try to get in the playoffs and win it all."

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