Hyde named to his first Pro Bowl

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Micah Hyde can now add the NFL Pro Bowl to his resume.

The 2009 Fostoria High graduate was named Tuesday as a member of the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career.

Hyde is one of three Bills on the 2018 Pro Bowl team, joining offensive guard Richie Incognito and running back LeSean McCoy. Players are voted onto the Pro Bowl team by coaches, players and NFL fans.

In a press release from the Bills, Hyde said he’s still trying to fathom his inclusion in the league’s all-star game.

“It sounds weird doesn’t it,” Hyde said. “It hasn’t sunk in yet. It’s just a blessing. I love every bit of it.”

Hyde was a fifth-round draft pick by the Packers after playing at Iowa and was signed as a free agent during this past offseason by the Bills when Green Bay did not try to re-sign him.

He had a quick impact for Buffalo, picking off four passes in his first five games this year and helping the Bills jump out to a 5-2 start for first-year head coach Sean McDermott.

“Coach brought me in and gave me an opportunity to just be myself and put what went on in the past, in the past. He told me to go out and have fun and play football,” Hyde said in the press release. “I honestly didn’t even think about the whole Pro Bowl stuff coming into the season. I just wanted to help out the team the best way I could. So the whole individual accolades and stuff were never really on my radar. I just didn’t think about it. It’s just a blessing. I’m excited that around the league I’m getting some respect from other players and teams and coaches.

“Playing alongside someone like Jordan Poyer, we’ve both gotten better because of each other. Just talking, communicating, watching film together,” he said. “He’s a big reason why I’m able to call myself a Pro Bowl safety. I wish he was a part of that also.”

Hyde ranks second in the league with five interceptions, is also second among NFL safeties with 12 pass breakups, and is third on Buffalo’s roster with 69 tackles — all single-season highs for him.

He is also ranked third by Pro Football Focus in coverage rankings for safeties with a 90.6 rating.