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Cody Parkey Headed To The Pro Bowl

Posted Jan 19, 2015

Franchise record holder. League record setter. All-Rookie Team honoree.

You can now add the Pro Bowl to the list.

The laudation just keeps coming for rookie kicker Cody Parkey, who is heading to the 2015 Pro Bowl after the New England Patriots topped the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship and opened up Stephen Gostkowski's spot in the competition. The other Pro Bowl kicker is Adam Vinatieri, whom the Colts kept over Parkey before trading the rookie to the Eagles in the preseason.

Parkey's selection continues what has been a historic season for the young placekicker.

Parkey is the first undrafted rookie kicker to make a Pro Bowl team since the Denver Broncos' David Treadwell did so in 1989. Parkey is also the first Eagles rookie to make a Pro Bowl team since 1988, when tight end Keith Jackson caught 81 balls for 859 yards and six touchdowns.

"When it comes to leg strength and his fundamentals and his technique and his work ethic, he's got it," said long snapper Jon Dorenbos, who is also headed to the Pro Bowl in Arizona.  "Kicking in the Pro Bowl as a rookie is ridiculous. He's a Pro Bowl kicker and now it's up to him to keep that same standard each year. He's a great, great player."

The Auburn University alumnus stroked 32 of 36 field goal attempts in his first year in the league, including going a perfect 4-for-4 on kicks from 50 yards or beyond. He displayed an accuracy that rivaled the best kickers in the game, and a steely resolve that allowed him to stay focused in pressure-cooking situations.

"Mentally, (confidence is) a huge part of the game," said Parkey of the lessons he learned in his first season. "You've got to go out to every kick with confidence, no matter how far or how short, and just kick everything the same way, and that's one of those things we'll continue to get better at."

Special teams coordinator Dave Fipp called Parkey "a really professional player" earlier in the year, a high compliment for a player fresh out of college. He joined the Eagles' special teams unit at the perfect time, winning the starting job in the preseason before the unit established itself as the best in the league during the regular season.

And Parkey fit right in, according to Fipp.

"(Parkey)’s exceptional off the field," Fipp explained. "He trains really hard. He watches all of the film. He studies every kick he’s ever hard. He charts everything he’s ever done. He’s extremely consistent off the field and I think that leads him to being consistent on the field.”

"I think his mental game is great. He goes in there and kicks a game-winner against Indy, the team that traded him, on Monday Night Football," said Dorenbos. "They call a timeout to ice him and hits the one right after that. He's a disciplined kicker."

The most exciting part about Parkey might not be the statistics he put up this year - setting a franchise record for points in a season and a league record for points by a rookie - but the way he attacks the game. Parkey kept a level head and he plans on sparing no expense during the offseason.

"I worked my butt off last season trying to make a team," Parkey explained, "and I'm going to come in with the same mindset, like I've got to do it all over again."

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