Nick Bellore takes home Pro Bowl honors for first time in his career


Nick Bellore’s versatility in the NFL is rare.

The Seahawks fullback has experience in all three phases of the game: offense, defense and special teams. Bellore was a standout middle linebacker at Central Michigan and at the beginning of his NFL career with the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers. It was with the Niners that Bellore had arguably his most productive NFL season as a defender, recording 77 tackles with one interception, a sack and a forced fumble in 10 starts.  

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When Bellore joined the Seahawks following a brief stint with the Detroit Lions, he signed as a fullback. He’s played just 46 offensive snaps in 24 games since signing his two-year deal in 2019 and has been cut coming out of training camp twice. But the 31-year knew there was a spot for him to excel in Seattle, and he found it on special teams.

On Monday for the first time in his 10 years as a pro, Bellore was named to the Pro Bowl for his special teams contributions, the NFL announced. 


Bellore leads the team with 12 special teams tackles, second in the NFL, and also topped all special teams’ players in fan votes with 132,220.

Pro Bowl teams are chosen by a combination of fan voting, media and coaches. The NFL's "All-Star" game has been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s the first time the Pro Bowl has been canceled since 1949.