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Pro Bowl rosters announced
Associated Press

The 2001 Pro Bowl teams were announced today with the Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers each placing a league-high eight players on the AFC and NFC rosters.

Derrick Brooks, the league's leading tackler, is one of eight Bucs going to Honolulu.

Titans offensive guard Bruce Matthews was named to the Pro Bowl team for the 12th consecutive season. Matthews will be joined by teammates Brad Hopkins (guard), Frank Wycheck (tight end) and Eddie George (running back) on offense; Jevon Kearse (defensive end), Samari Rolle (cornerback) and Blaine Bishop (strong safety) on defense. Derrick Mason was named as the AFC return specialist.

The Bucs are led by the NFL's leading tackler, Derrick Brooks, at outside linebacker. Defensive tackle Warren Sapp, cornerback Donnie Abraham and strong safety John Lynch made the NFC roster on defense. Fullback Mike Alstott, center Jeff Christy and guard Randall McDaniel were named on offense and Martin Gramatica as the place-kicker.

The Pro Bowl game will be played Sunday, Feb. 4 in Honolulu.

Wide receivers Randy Moss and Cris Carter were among seven Minnesota Vikings on the NFC roster. Daunte Culpepper was named the NFC's starting quarterback. Running back Robert Smith, center Matt Birk, strong safety Robert Griffith and offensive tackle Korey Stringer also will be going to Hawaii.

Rich Gannon, who has led the Raiders to an 11-3 record and a playoff berth, will start at quarterback for the AFC. He'll be backed up by Indianapolis' Peyton Manning and Denver's Brian Griese.

Joining George in the AFC backfield will be the Colts' Edgerrin James as the starter and the Bengals' Corey Dillon. Richie Anderson of the Jets is the AFC fullback.

Indianapolis' Marvin Harrison and Buffalo's Eric Moulds will start at wide receiver with Denver's Rod Smith and Jacksonville's Jimmy Smith as backups.

Backing up Culpepper for the NFC will be the Rams' Kurt Warner and 49ers' Jeff Garcia.

The NFC running backs will be Marshall Faulk as the starter, Smith and San Francisco's Charlie Garner as reserves.

St. Louis' Isaac Bruce is the other starting NFC wide receiver along with Moss. Carter and San Francisco's Terrell Owens will be the backups.

Baltimore's Jonathan Ogden and Jacksonville's Tony Boselli will be the AFC's starting offensive tackles with Hopkins as the reserve. Joining Matthews as the other starting guard will be Buffalo's Ruben Brown. The Raiders' Steve Wisniewski is the backup.

Jets center Kevin Mawae also will start ahead of the Broncos' Tom Nalen.

The Dolphins placed four players on defense, including three starters. Jason Taylor and Trace Armstrong will start at defensive ends. Sam Madison is the starting cornerback and Brock Marion was named as the backup free safety.

Denver's Trevor Pryce and Baltimore's Sam Adams are the staring interior lineman. San Diego's Junior Seau and the Jets' Mo Lewis start at outside linebackers, Baltimore's Ray Lewis at middle linebacker.

Madison and Rolle are the starting cornerbacks, and Baltimore's Rod Woodson will start at free safety.

Other AFC reserves are Kearse, Bills tackle Ted Washington, Steelers linebacker Jason Gildon, Bills linebacker Sam Cowart and Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson.

On special teams will be Chargers punter Darren Bennett, Ravens place-kicker Matt Stover, Dolphins special teamer Larry Izzo and Mason.

The remaining NFC offensive starters are Rams offensive tackle Orlando Pace, Saints offensive tackle Willie Roaf, Cowboys guard Larry Allen, Eagles tight end Chad Lewis, McDaniel, Christy and Alstott.

NFC offensive reserves are Giants guard Ron Stone and Redskins tight end Stephen Alexander.

On defense, the NFC will start Eagles end Hugh Douglas, Saints end Joe Johnson, Saints tackle La'Roi Glover, Giants linebacker Jessie Armstead, Lions linebacker Stephen Boyd, Redskins corner Champ Bailey, Eagles corner Troy Vincent, Packers free safety Darren Sharper, Brooks, Sapp and Lynch.

Reserves are Redskins end Marco Coleman, Lions tackle Luther Elliss, Saints linebacker Keith Mitchell, Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, Abraham and Griffith.

Special teams will have Cardinals punter Scott Player, Lions return specialist Desmond Howard, Panthers special teamer Michael Bates and Gramatica.



 
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