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Eagles dominate this year's Pro Bowl roster


Terrell Owens of the Eagles scores a touchdown as Adalius Thomas of the Ravens looks on at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Oct. 31. Owens was one of 11 Eagles invited to the Pro Bowl. Philadelpia will dominate the NFC's lineup.


Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens were among nine Philadelphia Eagles voted to the NFL Pro Bowl, the most representatives for a team since 1998.

The Eagles, who already clinched home-field advantage for the NFC playoffs with a 13-1 record, easily had the most Pro Bowlers in results announced on Wednesday.

Joining quarterback McNabb and wide receiver Owens, who had ankle surgery on Wednesday and is out for the rest of the regular season and perhaps the playoffs, were tackle Tra Thomas, linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, placekicker David Akers, special teamer Ike Reese, and three of four secondary starters: Cornerback Lito Sheppard and safeties Michael Lewis and Brian Dawkins.

"It's good to see that Lito, Mike and Ike have made it and get an opportunity to get over there and get a good feel of All-Star play and to say that they've been a Pro Bowler," McNabb said. "It says a lot for this organization, it says a lot for those players and it says a lot for this team."

Pittsburgh, the league's other 13-1 team, had the next-most selections in balloting by players, coaches and fans. The Steelers had six: 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 inter-conference game in Honolulu on Feb. 13.

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 New York Giants were selected -- the first twins to make it.

The other brothers were Bruce and Clay Matthews in 1989 and 1990, and Sterling and Shannon Sharpe from 1993-1995.

The Indianapolis Colts' Peyton Manning set a record in the fan voting and was a runaway choice for AFC quarterback, along with the New England Patriots' Tom Brady and the San Diego Chargers' Drew Bress.

Manning is one touchdown pass short of Dan Marino's record of 48 in a season.

The other Colts on the AFC roster were wide receiver Marvin Harrison, running back Edgerrin James and defensive end Dwight Freeney, the league's sacks leader with 15.

Two consistent Pro Bowlers, Minnesota Vikings wideout Randy Moss and Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, did not make it, mostly because of injuries.

Curtis Martin, the league's leading rusher with 1,511 yards, was one of three New York Jets chosen. Martin is having one of the best seasons of a 10-year career in which he has rushed for at least 1,000 yards each time.

The other AFC running back was San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson. The NFC runners were Shaun Alexander of Seattle and Ahman Green of Green Bay.

Joining McNabb as NFC quarterbacks were Michael Vick of Atlanta and Daunte Culpepper of Minnesota.

Michael Vick agreed to a 10-year contract worth more than US$100 million with the Atlanta Falcons that also guarantees the quarterback an National Football League-record US$37 million in bonuses, an official close to the negotiations said Thursday.

Vick's contract surpasses the US$98 million deal Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning signed in March and makes him one of the top-five best-paid players in the NFL. Manning was guaranteed US$34.5 million in bonuses.

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