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Eight Chargers/Patriots head AFC Pro Bowl team

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Dec 18, 2007.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=txafcprobowl&amp;prov=st&amp;type=lgns" target="_blank">PA SportsTicker</a>

    <img src="http://i1.chargers.com/assets/213/38026_282wh.jpg" alt="Cornerback Antonio Cromartie is one of eight Chargers named to the Pro Bowl Tuesday." align="right" height="228" width="165" />NEW YORK (TICKER)"  -- The New England Patriots' pursuit of an undefeated season has led to more honors.

    Quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Randy Moss head a list of eight Patriots named to the AFC Pro Bowl on Tuesday.

    The San Diego Chargers tied New England for most players representatives in the AFC with eight players, led by running back LaDainian Tomlinson, the reigning league MVP.

    The Dallas Cowboys (12-2), who are tied with the Green Bay Packers for the best record in the NFC, topped their conference with 11 selections.

    The combination of Brady and Moss has fueled an explosive offense that has the Patriots (14-0) two wins away from becoming only the second team in NFL history to complete an undefeated regular season.

    It is the fourth Pro Bowl selection for Brady, who needs five touchdown passes in his final two games to eclipse the all-time single-season record of 49 set by Peyton Manning in 2004.

    Brady, one of seven starters for the Patriots, leads the NFL in passing yards (4,235), touchdowns (45) and passer rating (119.7).

    Much of that success can be attributed to Moss, who came to New England in a draft-day trade with the Oakland Raiders.

    In earning his sixth Pro Bowl berth, Moss has a career-high 19 TD receptions and is within three of tying Jerry Rice's season record for touchdowns by a wide receiver. Moss had not been to the Pro Bowl since 2004.

    Other Patriots players named to the squad are offensive tackle Matt Light, guard Logan Mankins, cornerback Asante Samuel, linebacker Mike Vrabel, nose tackle Vince Wilfork and center Dan Koppen. All but Koppen were named as starters.

    Tomlinson led the surprisingly high number of Chargers on the team. San Diego placed nine players on the squad in 2006 en route to a league-best 14-2 mark, but its early-season struggles did not have an effect on the voting this season.

    Named to the Pro Bowl for the fifth time in seven seasons, Tomlinson ranks second in the NFL in rushing and leads the league with 14 rushing touchdowns - a precipitous drop-off from his 31-touchdown performance of last season.

    Tomlinson ranks second in the NFL with 1,311 rushing yards this season and has surpassed the 1,200-yard rushing mark for the seventh consecutive year. San Diego has won four straight games to wrap up its second straight AFC West title.

    Fullback Lorenzo Neal, Tomlinson's backfield partner, also was selected as a starter for the second straight season and earned his fourth berth overall.

    Tight end Antonio Gates, the only other starter for the Chargers, is making his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl appearance. He ranks fourth among all NFL tight ends in catches (68) and receiving yards (898) and is tied for the league lead for touchdown catches by a tight end with nine.

    Linebacker Shawne Merriman, cornerback Antonio Cromartie, guard Kris Dielman, defensive tackle Jamal Williams and special teams standout Kassim Osgood were the other Chargers named to the Pro Bowl.

    The defending Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers placed five players each on the squad.

    The Colts, who won the AFC South, had wide receiver Reggie Wayne, center Jeff Saturday and safety Bob Sanders listed as starters.

    Peyton Manning, who was named to the AFC team for the eighth time and has thrown for 3,634 yards and 28 touchdown passes, and running back Joseph Addai are reserves for Indy.

    With perennial All-Pro wide receiver Marvin Harrison sidelined for much of the season with a knee injury, Wayne has filled the void. He ranks third in the NFL with 1,280 receiving yards and has nine TD receptions in earning his second Pro Bowl berth.

    Offensive guard Alan Faneca and linebacker James Harrison were the starters for Pittsburgh, which is tied with the Cleveland Browns atop the NFC North. Faneca earned his seventh consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl.

    Other Steelers named to the squad are Willie Parker, the league's rushing leader with 1,317 yards, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and safety Troy Polamalu, who earned his fourth straight selection.

    Offensive tackle Jason Peters of the Buffalo Bills is the final starter for the AFC on offense. A first-time selection, he is the only starter on offense that is not a member of the Patriots, Colts, Chargers or Steelers.

    On defense, cornerback Champ Bailey of the Denver Broncos heads the starting squad with his eighth consecutive Pro Bowl selection.

    Defensive end Jared Allen of the Kansas City Chiefs and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth are first-time selections, while Haynesworth's teammate, Kyle Vanden Bosch, who will be making his second appearance in three seasons.

    Houston Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans, the 2006 NFL Defensive Rookie of Year, will start in his first Pro Bowl, while Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed rounds out the starting squad with his four-time Pro Bowl nod in six seasons.

    The AFC roster includes 18 first-time All-Stars, including reserve wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh of the Cincinnati Bengals and Braylon Edwards of the Cleveland Browns. Houshmandzadeh leads the NFL with 101 receptions while Edwards' 13 touchdown receptions rank second in the AFC.

    A pair of perennial All-Pros round out the reserves on both sides of the ball. Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez is making his ninth appearance, while Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden was selected for his 11th consecutive Pro Bowl in his 12 seasons.

    On defense, Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis earned his eighth trip to Hawaii and Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor was named for the sixth time.

    Titans kick Rob Bironas, who set an NFL record with eight field goals in a goal earlier this season, headlines the special teams. The Pro Bowl will be played on February 10 in Honolulu.

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