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Five Bengals make Pro Bowl

By GEOFF HOBSON

December 21, 2005

 

11:50 a.m.

 

From the waiver wire to Waikiki.

 

The Bengals placed five players on the AFC Pro Bowl team Wednesday, their most selections since 1989, and they came in a variety of ways to the newly-crowned AFC North champions. Right tackle Willie Anderson and wide receiver Chad Johnson are holdovers from the previous regime. Quarterback Carson Palmer was the first player drafted by head coach Marvin Lewis, and kicker Shayne Graham arrived five days before Lewis? first game via the waiver wire. Cornerback Deltha O?Neal came to the Bengals 15 days before the 2004 draft in a trade of first-round picks with the Broncos.

 

Two names conspicuously absent from the list are running back Rudi Johnson and left tackle Levi Jones. Johnson, who went as an alternate last year, will have to go that way again despite being third in AFC rushing with 1,352 yards, and three 100-yard games in the last four.

 

Jones, a fourth-year player, is a big reason Palmer is on pace to become the Bengals? first 4,000-yard passer and Johnson the first 1,500-yard rusher. In a seven-game stretch starting against Tennessee on Oct. 16 and ending in Pittsburgh on Dec. 4, he virtually blanked several of the NFL?s top pass rushers in the Bengals? push to a club-record for fewest sacks allowed in a season by giving up just 1.23 per game.

 

Anderson, the 10-year pro out of Auburn who has played 94 straight games, also had a lot to do with it in making it to his third straight Pro Bowl. He joins Hall-of-Fame tackle Anthony Munoz (11 selections) and guard Max Montoya (3) as the only three-time Pro Bowlers from the Cincinnati offensive line.

 

Chad Johnson, the fifth-year wide receiver who leads the AFC with 84 receptions and 1,260 receiving yards (1260), also made it for a third time, tying Cris Collinsworth among Bengals wide receivers. Next is the four of Isaac Curtis.

 

Graham, picked up on waivers from Carolina, becomes the first Bengals kicker to go to the Pro Bowl in an odd twist. The man cut in his favor back on Sept. 1, 2003, Neil Rackers, figures to be the NFC kicker from the Arizona Cardinals.

 

This year he leads AFC kickers with 119 points with a pace to break his own team record of 122 set last season. He?s 25-for-29 on field goals this season and has hit his last 11 in becoming the most accurate kicker in Bengals history at 87.1 percent.

 

In his second season as the starter, Palmer made it to the Pro Bowl in his third year like Boomer Esiason did in 1986. Ken Anderson went to his first of four Pro Bowls in his fifth season of 1975, and Jeff Blake, the last Bengals quarterback to make it in 1995, went for the only time in his fourth season.

 

Palmer leads the NFL with a Bengals? record 30 touchdown passes, and also leads the league in completion percentage (67.7) and TD-interception differential (plus-20). He is second in the NFL in passer rating (102.6). Earlier this year, he completed a run of nine games with a 100-plus passer rating, tying an NFL mark, and he?s one short of a new mark for 100 ratings in a season with 12.

 

O?Neal also leads the NFL with a Bengals-record. His 10 interceptions broke Ken Riley?s 29-year-old record, and he also leads the team with 25 total passes defensed. He played his first four seasons with Denver and made the Pro Bowl as a Bronco in 2001.

 

Jones is more deserving than Anderson, but he'd never say it. Watching Levi thoroughly and completely dominate Dwight Freeney was the highlight of that Colts game.

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DAVIE, Fla. ? (AP) ? Linebacker Zach Thomas, defensive end Jason Taylor and wide

receiver Chris Chambers were chosen Wednesday to represent the Miami Dolphins on the

AFC's Pro Bowl roster.

 

It's the sixth selection for Thomas, the fourth for Taylor and the first for

Chambers, who's already reached career-highs with 72 catches and 992 yards with two

games remaining. He's the first Dolphins wide receiver to earn a Pro Bowl nod since

Irving Fryar in 1994.

 

Pro Bowl starters will be announced Jan. 7.

 

Thomas has a team-high 145 tackles, despite missing two games with a shoulder injury.

Taylor has 72 tackles, 11 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 10

passes defensed this season.

 

 

 

I think Rex Hadnot got screwed out a spot on the OL...he has been the Dolphins most consistent OL'man....but oh well 3 is better than nothing

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Bears sending six players to Pro Bowl

 

LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher will lead a brigade of six Bears to the Pro Bowl, the team's largest contingent since sending six players following the 1990 season.

 

Five of the Pro Bowlers play on the Bears' No. 1-ranked defense. While Urlacher will make his fifth trip in six NFL seasons, safety Mike Brown, cornerback Nathan Vasher, linebacker Lance Briggs and defensive tackle Tommie Harris are being honored for the first time.

 

The Bears offense will be represented by center Olin Kreutz, a Hawaii native who will be making his fifth straight Pro Bowl appearance in his home state.

 

http://chicagobears.com/news/newsDetail.jsp?id=13184

 

 

I gotta say I'm a little disappointed neither Alex Brown or Adawale made the cut.. I'm sure Favre will feel their disappointment next weekend. :mischief

 

Anyone know who the 3rd NFC RB is? I was hoping TJ would get it.. lord knows he deserves it since everybody in the stadium knows we are going to run it.

 

Anyway, I love seeing this many Bears. Good stuff.

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Nice to see JT and Zach get some love. And Chambers! Wow! Didn't expect that. Good for him!

 

 

 

I do think that Donny Jones should be on the team as well. He is a phenomenal punter.

 

And I agree that 'someone' from our O-line deserves a spot. What an improved group of guys!

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December 21, 2005

 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. ? Five Giants players were today selected to represent the NFC in the 2006 Pro Bowl, the franchise?s highest number of honorees since the 1990 Super Bowl champions sent seven players to Hawaii.

 

The Giants? Pro Bowl players are running back Tiki Barber, tight end Jeremy Shockey, defensive ends Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora and special teams standout David Tyree.

 

Last season, Barber was the Giants? lone Pro Bowl representative. This is just the second time since 1993 that the Giants have more than two Pro Bowlers; they had three in 2001.

 

In addition, seven Giants were selected as alternates: middle linebacker Antonio Pierce, kicker Jay Feely and punt returner Chad Morton were first alternates, punter Jeff Feagles is a second alternate, quarterback Eli Manning, wide receiver Plaxico Burress and center Shaun O?Hara are third alternates and guard Chris Snee is a fourth alternate.

Obviously, I'm glad to see Tiki on the list. Shockey and Strahan are both good picks, but probably made it as much on reputation as anything else.

 

With that said, HUGE props for picking Osi Umenyiora! This man is easily my choice for the Giants Defensive MVP. He makes moves on linemen that make them look silly. He tackles well, he breaks through the line, he has enough speed to sack scrambling QB's... My favorite part is that he is only 25.

 

It will also be nice to Rhonde and Tiki in Hawaii together. That's got to make mom proud.

 

Anyone know who the 3rd NFC RB is?

 

All I know is Alexander and Barber. I know Portis is making it as an alternate... But I also can't see who Dallas, Arizona, SF, or NO are sending.

 

Warrick Dunn is the other RB. Just figured that out.

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KIRKLAND - Seattle Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander, QB Matt Hasselbeck, G Steve Hutchinson, T Walter Jones and FB Mack Strong were selected to represent the club in the 2006 Pro Bowl, it was announced by the NFL Wednesday

 

 

 

Josh Brown,Lofa Tatupu,& Robbie Tobeck have been named as alternates,and will go should someone get injured

 

Thankfully both Hass and Mack Strong made it in. Thought there was a good chance that Hass would be outhyped and that Mack would once again watch the FB spot go to a guy who can't block half as well as Mack

 

also nice to see Lofa as an alternate, although no way in the world Tobeck should even be considered - he has been playing as the worst OL this year for the hawks

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Bears sending six players to Pro Bowl

 

LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher will lead a brigade of six Bears to the Pro Bowl, the team's largest contingent since sending six players following the 1990 season.

 

Five of the Pro Bowlers play on the Bears' No. 1-ranked defense. While Urlacher will make his fifth trip in six NFL seasons, safety Mike Brown, cornerback Nathan Vasher, linebacker Lance Briggs and defensive tackle Tommie Harris are being honored for the first time.

 

The Bears offense will be represented by center Olin Kreutz, a Hawaii native who will be making his fifth straight Pro Bowl appearance in his home state.

 

http://chicagobears.com/news/newsDetail.jsp?id=13184

 

 

I gotta say I'm a little disappointed neither Alex Brown or Adawale made the cut.. I'm sure Favre will feel their disappointment next weekend. :mischief

 

Anyone know who the 3rd NFC RB is? I was hoping TJ would get it.. lord knows he deserves it since everybody in the stadium knows we are going to run it.

 

Anyway, I love seeing this many Bears. Good stuff.

 

 

I doubt jones will make it. He never seems to get credit like last year despite how good he was they still drafted a RB. I wonder what the bears would be like if they had drafted someone else to help out the bears like a WR or another DE like Merrimen. poor jones, he should be up there.

 

I bet it is alexander, portis and tikki

 

the show is on right now on ESPN :)

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It was Dunn, not Portis.

 

If theres something we don't need, its DL... even though Merrimen is a LB. We got our WR in the draft, Mark Bradley. I don't have a problem with taking Benson.. TJ doesn't exactly have a strong history of staying healthy.

 

 

Vick and his 71.8 QB rating also made it. Hilarious.

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Full AP Story

 

There will be only one brother act in the Pro Bowl this season: the Barbers.

 

The Mannings? Only Peyton made it, hardly a surprise because brother Eli has had a very up-and-down second season with the New York Giants.

 

So Eli, one of the leaders in the fan vote, ended up as a third alternate in the NFC when the players and coaches added their say.

 

Peyton Manning was one of an NFL-high seven Indianapolis Colts who made the group of 42 players from each conference announced Wednesday; the seven Pro Bowlers befit the Colts' 13-1 record. San Diego, which handed Indianapolis its first loss last Sunday, had six, including linebacker Shawne Merriman, one of two rookies to make it.

 

Houston kick returner Jerome Mathis was the other first-year man.

 

Chicago and Atlanta led the NFC with six selections each, while the Giants and Seattle had five apiece in the selections for the Feb. 12 game in Honolulu. The Bears' contingent was the largest they have sent to Hawaii in 15 years, and New York defensive ends Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora were the first pair from the same team at that position since Miami's Jason Taylor and Trace Armstrong in 2001.

 

Another noteworthy selection: Minnesota's Koren Robinson, chosen as the NFC's kick returner. Robinson, the ninth overall pick in the 2001 draft by Seattle, has had a series of off-field problems that included a guilty plea to drunk driving and a suspension last season. He was cut by the Seahawks before the season.

 

"It's a funny feeling right now,'' Robinson said. "Looking back on everything I've been through, being in an

alcohol treatment facility, I thought I burned all my bridges as far as all the organizations in the NFL were concerned.''

 

The selections generally reflect the standings.

 

Last year, for example, Philadelphia was 13-1 at the time of the voting by fans, players and coaches, and had nine representatives, the most from a single team since 1998. This year, the Eagles are 6-8 and had one player selected, middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter.

 

Four teams had no players chosen ? Cleveland and Tennessee in the AFC, San Francisco and Green Bay in the NFC. Of those four, the Browns have the best record: 5-9.

 

This will be the second straight year in Hawaii for the Barber twins, Tiki, the Giants' running back and Ronde, the Tampa Bay cornerback.

 

"It was special. It was nerve-racking, too many people. It was fun,'' Ronde said of last season's trip. ??It will be another fun trip, I'm sure.''

 

The starting lineups will be announced Jan. 7.

 

Players around the league consider selection a singular honor, especially because most have bonuses in their contracts if they are picked. Playing is another matter ? many drop out with injuries or for other reasons, and alternates take their places.

 

Cincinnati offensive tackle Willie Anderson put it in perspective.

 

"The Pro Bowl is a weeklong trip you enjoy. But by six months later folks forgot who played. But the Super Bowl, to win the Super Bowl, that's more of a lifetime experience,'' said Anderson, who will be making his third Pro Bowl trip in a 10-year career, but is going to the playoffs for the first time.

 

"To be honest with you, if I never make it again I won't be sad, but I think this season was important for us to make the playoffs and possibly go to the Super Bowl.''

 

Peyton Manning, the NFL's MVP the last two seasons, led a distinguished trio of AFC quarterbacks, joining two-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady of New England and Cincinnati's Carson Palmer.

 

The NFC QBs are Jake Delhomme of Carolina, Matt Hasselbeck of Seattle and Michael Vick of Atlanta.

 

Kansas City, as usual, has three offensive linemen on the AFC team. Those tend to be hereditary positions to which players are often selected automatically, and Chiefs guard Will Shields and tackle Willie Roaf will be making their 11th Pro Bowl appearances.

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American Football Conference

Offense

 

 

Wide Receivers ? Chris Chambers, Miami; Marvin Harrison,

Indianapolis; Chad Johnson, Cincinnati; Rod Smith, Denver.

 

Tackles ? Willie Anderson, Cincinnati; Jonathan Ogden,

Baltimore; Willie Roaf, Kansas City.

 

Guards ? Alan Faneca, Pittsburgh; Will Shields, Kansas

City; Brian Waters, Kansas City.

 

Centers ? Jeff Hartings, Pittsburgh; Jeff Saturday,

Indianapolis.

 

Tight Ends ? Antonio Gates, San Diego; Tony Gonzalez,

Kansas City.

 

Quarterbacks ? Tom Brady, New England; Peyton Manning,

Indianapolis; Carson Palmer, Cincinnati.

 

Running Backs ? Edgerrin James, Indianapolis; Admin

Johnson, Kansas City; LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego.

 

Fullback ? Lorenzo Neal, San Diego.�

Defense

 

Ends ? Derrick Burgess, Oakland; Dwight Freeney,

Indianapolis; Jason Taylor, Miami.

 

Interior Linemen ? Marcus Stroud, Jacksonville; Richard

Seymour, New England; Jamal Williams, San Diego.

 

Outside Linebackers ? Cato June, Indianapolis; Shawne

Merriman, San Diego; Joey Porter, Pittsburgh.

 

Inside Linebackers ? Zach Thomas, Miami; Al Wilson,

Denver.

 

Cornerbacks ? Champ Bailey, Denver; Ty Law, New England;

Deltha O'Neal, Cincinnati.

 

Strong Safety ? Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh.

 

Free Safeties ? John Lynch, Denver; Bob Sanders,

Indianapolis.

 

Specialists

 

Punter ? Brian Moorman, Buffalo.

 

Placekicker ? Shayne Graham, Cincinnati.

 

Kick Return Specialist ? Jerome Mathis, Houston.

 

Special Teamer ? Hanik Milligan, San Diego.

 

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National Football Conference�

Offense�

 

 

Wide Receivers ? Admin Fitzgerald, Arizona; Torry Holt,

St. Louis; Santana Moss, Washington; Steve Smith, Carolina.

 

Tackles ? Walter Jones, Seattle; Orlando Pace, St. Louis;

Chris Samuels, Washington.

 

Guards ? Admin Allen, Dallas; Steve Hutchinson, Seattle;

Mike Wahle, Carolina.

 

Centers ? LeCharles Bentley, New Orleans; Olin Kreutz,

Chicago.

 

Tight Ends ? Alge Crumpler, Atlanta; Jeremy Shockey, New

York.

 

Quarterbacks ? Jake Delhomme, Carolina; Matt Hasselbeck,

Seattle; Michael Vick, Atlanta.

 

Running Backs ? Shaun Alexander, Seattle; Tiki Barber, New

York; Warrick Dunn, Atlanta.

 

Fullback ? Mack Strong, Seattle.�

Defense�

 

 

Ends ? Julius Peppers, Carolina; Michael Strahan, New

York; Osi Umenyiora, New York.

 

Interior Linemen ? Rod Coleman, Atlanta; Tommie Harris,

Chicago; Shaun Rogers, Detroit.

 

Outside Linebackers ? Lance Briggs, Chicago; Keith

Brooking, Atlanta; Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay.

 

Inside Linebackers ? Jeremiah Trotter, Philadelphia; Brian

Urlacher, Chicago.

 

Cornerbacks ? Ronde Barber, Tampa Bay; DeAngelo Hall,

Atlanta; Nathan Vasher, Chicago.

 

Strong Safeties ? Mike Brown, Chicago; Roy Williams,

Dallas.

 

Free Safety ? Darren Sharper, Minnesota.�

Specialists�

 

 

Punter ? Josh Bidwell, Tampa Bay.

 

Placekicker ? Neil Rackers, Arizona.

 

Kick Return Specialist ? Koren Robinson, Minnesota.

 

Special Teamer ? David Tyree, New York.

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Mike Vick is a f***ing joke.

 

Any one of Bledsoe, Little M, or Brunell deserve it over Ron Mexico.

 

Galloway > Holt

 

 

 

Holt has 17 more catches, 24 less yards and the same amount of TDs in 2 full less games playing with 3 different QBs including one scrub and one late round rookie draft pick.

 

Holt>Galloway

 

Also....

 

I think Vick makes the pro-bowl because he is more of a fan favorite who attracts more attention and those other 3 are not head and shoulders above him this year.

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Mike Vick is a f***ing joke.

 

Any one of Bledsoe, Little M, or Brunell deserve it over Ron Mexico.

 

Galloway > Holt

 

 

 

Holt has 17 more catches, 24 less yards and the same amount of TDs in 2 full less games playing with 3 different QBs including one scrub and one late round rookie draft pick.

 

Holt>Galloway

 

Also....

 

I think Vick makes the pro-bowl because he is more of a fan favorite who attracts more attention and those other 3 are not head and shoulders above him this year.

while he's at best a mediocre passer and an overrated QB, people undervalue how valuable his running game is to the game...while his YPC are way down, he still leads the NFL

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Damn Reggie Wayne doesn't get any love? I think he should have made it over Marvin this season if you're only taking one Colt in the starting corps.

 

The same Reggie Wayne with less TDs and receiving yards than Marvin?

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Dolphins could end up sending 6 players...

 

In addition to Zach Thomas, Jason Taylor and Chris Chambers, Miami has the potential to send three more players to the Pro Bowl.

 

While Thomas, Taylor and Chambers are quaranteed to appear in February's game, three Dolphins were named as third alternates for the game, meaning they will play if other players drop out of the game. They were cornerback Sam Madison, punter Donnie Jones and tight end Randy McMichael.

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Damn Reggie Wayne doesn't get any love? I think he should have made it over Marvin this season if you're only taking one Colt in the starting corps.

The same Reggie Wayne with less TDs and receiving yards than Marvin?Well, I think (not too sure actually) that Wayne has led Marvin in catches and yards all season.

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