Going 13-1 hasn't just assured the Eagles and Steelers of division titles. It's also made them the leaders in Pro Bowl players. Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens were among nine...
NEW YORK — Going 13-1 hasn’t just assured the Eagles and Steelers of division titles. It’s also made them the leaders in Pro Bowl players.
Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens were among nine Philadelphia players chosen for the game, the most representatives voted in for one team since 1998.
The Steelers had six Pro Bowlers in results released yesterday.
Joining quarterback McNabb and wide receiver Owens, who had ankle surgery and is out for the rest of the regular season and perhaps the playoffs, were tackle Tra Thomas, linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, kicker David Akers, special-teamer Ike Reese, and three of four secondary starters: cornerback Lito Sheppard and safeties Michael Lewis and Brian Dawkins.
The Steelers had six selections in balloting by players, coaches and fans: linebackers Joey Porter and James Farrior, safety Troy Polamalu, center Jeff Hartings, guard Alan Faneca and wide receiver Hines Ward. That led the AFC, ahead of Baltimore and Kansas City with five each, while Indianapolis and New England had four apiece.
Green Bay, Atlanta and Dallas had four each in the NFC for the game in Honolulu on Feb. 13.
There were 25 first-time selections.
For only the third time, a set of brothers made the same Pro Bowl. Cornerback Ronde Barber of Tampa Bay and running back Tiki Barber of the Giants were selected for the NFC roster — the first twins to make it.
Peyton Manning set a record in the fan voting and was a runaway choice for AFC quarterback, along with the Patriots’ Tom Brady and the Chargers’ Drew Brees.
Chicago Bears center Olin Kreutz, a former Washington Husky, was selected for the game but wasn’t sure he deserved it.
“We’re 5-9, our offense hasn’t been playing well so I’m not going to say I’m having a good season, no,” Kreutz said. “I didn’t think I was going this year and that was my honest opinion. I haven’t played very well, but I appreciate the respect the guys around the league have for me. I’ll take a free trip.”
Dolphins offer job to Saban
DAVIE, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins have moved a step closer to hiring Nick Saban as their next coach. The team made the LSU coach a contract offer yesterday and is awaiting a response.
“Nick has a gut-wrenching decision and I respect that as a coach,” LSU athletic director Skip Bertman said. “There are no negatives at LSU. It’s not about LSU. It’s a good offer. We can do a lot of things at LSU in terms of facilities and everything. But we can’t schedule NFL games.”
Saban’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, reportedly met with Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga to work out the details on the contract proposal.
It is believed the Dolphins are proposing a deal that would include a salary between $4 million and $5 million a season and give Saban the personnel control he would not have gotten from other NFL teams that have courted him in years past.
* Cincinnati running back Chris Perry, the Bengals’ first-round draft pick, has a hernia and will miss the final two games of the season. Quarterback Carson Palmer didn’t practice and was listed as questionable to play Sunday against the New York Giants.
* The Detroit Lions put Eddie Drummond (shoulder) on injured reserve, the same day the kick returner was chosen to play in the Pro Bowl.
* Coach Bill Parcells still thinks Vinny Testaverde gives the Dallas Cowboys the best chance to win, so he’s keeping the 41-year-old quarterback as his starter.
* Star linebacker Brian Urlacher’s season ended when he was placed on injured reserve by the Chicago Bears with a hamstring injury.
* The New England Patriots re-signed running back Rabih Abdullah and wide receiver Kevin Kasper and waived linebacker Justin Kurpeikis and defensive back Omare Lowe.
* Defensive end Andre Carter will miss the rest of the season after the San Francisco 49ers placed him on injured reserve with a new back problem.