#5 Dan Bailey

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Rookie Season Done Well

Dan Bailey is a rookie but he plays like a veteran. As of late November 2011, he had 26 consecutive field goals, surpassing the previous NFL rookie record of 14 in a row. He is only one field goal away from the Cowboys franchise record of 27 held by Chris Boniol. He has only one missed attempt this season, which came early in the season against the Washington Redskins in week 3. Mike Vanderjagt currently holds the record at 42 for most consecutive field goals made. While he’s chasing records, Bailey is also responsible for giving the Cowboys three game winning field goals to help the team record reach 7-4. He also tied the NFL rookie record with six field goals in one game. 

Bailey went into the 2011 season as an undrafted rookie with outstanding numbers from his high school and college careers. His senior year at Oklahoma State, he was given the Lou Groza Award, which recognizes the nation’s top collegiate place-kicker and their performance from the season. A panel made up of coaches, sportscasters, professional kickers, and previous winners vote on the nominees to determine the recipient of the award.

Setting records and winning games has landed Bailey on the 2012 Pro Bowl voting ballot. Fans and the NFL community can show their support for Bailey by voting online at www.nfl.com/probowl.