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Dan Bailey, the NFL’s all-time most accurate kicker, finally gets his due

Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey (5) celebrated his Pro Bowl invite with holder/punter Chris Jones (6) and long snapper L.P. Ladouceur (91).
Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey (5) celebrated his Pro Bowl invite with holder/punter Chris Jones (6) and long snapper L.P. Ladouceur (91). Star-Telegram

Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey has three offensive linemen he’s going with to Hawaii, but he’s going to be expected to bring two more teammates with him. Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur and punter/holder Chris Jones could get a paid vacation, though Ladouceur made the Pro Bowl for the first time last season and still could earn a spot this year.

“We’ve talked about it, so I’d love to have them along,” Bailey said. “I’m in a position where it’s real easy for me. I’ve got a great group of guys blocking for me. Chris and L.P. work just as hard as anybody else on this team. As far as me kicking the ball, it’s all out put there pretty plain and simple, so it makes it really easy for me.”

Bailey, with a 91.0 field-goal conversion rate all time, is the NFL’s most accurate kicker in history. But the fifth-year veteran had never made a Pro Bowl until Tuesday.

He received the good news in a phone call from coach Jason Garrett.

“It’s a good milestone in a sense, more than anything, it’s just the fact it was voted on by other guys around the league,” Bailey said. “It’s somewhat of a respect thing. I think Travis [Frederick] or one of those guys mentioned that, and that means a lot. To know that other guys around the league respect what you’re doing and the work you’re putting in, that means more than anything. So yeah, there is a little bit of gratification that comes along with that.”

Bailey has made 28-of-29 field goals this season, and 142-of-156 in his career. His 54-yarder on Monday Night Football beat the Washington Redskins earlier this month, the 10th game-winning kick in his career.

“Dan has been a great player for us for a number of years,” Garrett said. “We have a lot of faith and a lot of trust in him to do his job. He’s come through time and time again. He’s had an outstanding year. He’s just a great kicker and a great asset to our football team.”

Bailey’s only miss this season was a 48-yarder at Tampa.

“Looking back, it’s a kick that I know I can make and really it was just a tough day,” Bailey said. “It was a windy day. That’s going to happen. You’re going to have those kicks on any other day are probably going to go in. You can’t focus too much on that. You’d love to have it back but it just gives you something to keep working for I guess.”