NFL: 25 Most Surprising Pro Bowl Picks This Century: 9. 2006 Cato June
Cato June was always pretty good, but seeing him on a Pro Bowl team was surprising. The linebacker was always more of a “fan favorite” type that Colts fans could get behind over a decade. Seeing him make a Pro Bowl is surprising, though.
When looking at his season, it is one of those seasons where an above-average player turns into a superstar just for a little while. Cato June was kind of ridiculous in 2005-06. He had 102 tackles in 13 games, and he led the Colts with five interceptions. He took two of those interceptions for touchdown. He was incredibly clutch this year, and honestly, he deserved to make it to the Pro Bowl.
Just because he deserved to make it to the Pro Bowl doesn’t make it any less surprising. His name just sticks out when looking at who made the Pro Bowl on those legendary Colts teams. We expect the likes of Dwight Freeney, Bob Sanders, and of course all of the offensive weapons. However, Cato June seemed like a complementary piece for most of his career.
June only lasted three more years in the league before it was over. He signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after another year with the Colts, That’s where things really fell apart. He was out of the league by the time he was 30, playing one game with the Chicago Bears before ultimately retiring.