PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The NFL Pro Bowl selections for 2016 have been announced and three members of the Eagles made the team. DE Fletcher Cox, RB Darren Sproles and LT Jason Peters will represent the Eagles in the Hawaii.

Cox’s selection to the Pro Bowl is long overdue as the Eagles best defensive player has been a staple of the team’s defense for the past few seasons. Cox’s first Pro Bowl selection comes as he is setting career highs with 7.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and 87 tackles on the year.

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Cox is feeling pretty good about being selected to his first Pro Bowl.

“It feels great. It feels really great. I told myself before the season started that I needed to be better than last year. I had to make the whole world know and not just the local people. It all paid off,” Cox said.

This honor comes for Cox in a season that he dedicated to his late brother, Shaddrick. The Pro Bowl nod is something Cox knows his brother would be proud of.

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“I’m going to continue to play, and I know he’s smiling down right now,” Cox said. “He’s smiling on me and smiling on this great news with the family being here in town. It’s great and I know he’s smiling over us and watching.”

The Eagles pointed out that Cox is the first Eagles defensive draft pick to make the Pro Bowl since Trent Cole did so in 2010.

Peters is adding another selection to his Hall of Fame resume, making it eight for his career. The six-time All-Pro now has six Pro Bowl selections with the Eagles matching Donovan McNabb and Pete Pihos. The only Eagles with more Pro Bowl selections than Peters are Chuck Bednarik, Reggie White and Brian Dawkins.

For the second straight year, Sproles is headed to the Pro Bowl as a return specialist. He leads the NFL in punt return average, punt return yards and with two punt return touchdowns.

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You can click here to see the full list of players heading to the Pro Bowl.