Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, January 9, 2016

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Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

It was another highly successful season for former Big Ten stars in the NFL.

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None were more impressive than San Francisco LB NaVorro Bowman (Penn State), Cleveland T Joe Thomas (Wisconsin), Houston DE J.J Watt (Wisconsin) and Baltimore G Marshal Yanda (Iowa), all of who made the 2015 All-Pro Team, released Friday.

Bowman racked up a career-high and NFL-best 154 tackles, Thomas played every snap for the ninth time in as many seasons, Watt, the reigning AP Defensive Player of the Year, registered an NFL-leading 17.5 sacks, and Yanda allowed just one sack.

The Big Ten boasted several other players worthy of inclusion, such as New England QB Tom Brady (Michigan), who threw an NFL-leading 36 touchdowns, and Jacksonville WR Allen Robinson (Penn State), who tied for the NFL lead in touchdown receptions (14), to name a couple.