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December 24, 2006|By Alex Marvez | Alex Marvez,South Florida Sun-Sentinel


Ten Pro Bowl-related notes: Frank Gore -- The 49ers running back has an NFC-best 1,491 rushing yards, and the Arizona Cardinals' Edgerrin James said Gore should eventually be among the top-paid backs in the league. "[The 49ers] need to take super good care of him because he's their offense," James said.


University of Miami -- Six former Hurricanes - Gore, Ravens safety Ed Reed, Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey, Bears kick returner Devin Hester and Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson - were selected, more than from any other school.


Steven Jackson -- The Rams running back said he received news of his selection in a call from his two sisters. "A lot of my teammates and family and friends kept telling me I was a sure bet, but I really wasn't quite sure," said Jackson, who leads the NFC in yards from scrimmage with 1,916. "Sometimes, Pro Bowlers get in because of [name recognition]."


Tony Romo -- Cowboys coach Bill Parcells was stunned that his quarterback was selected despite having only eight career starts. "Am I surprised? I don't think that would be a strong enough word," said Parcells, whose team is 6-2 since Romo replaced an ineffective Drew Bledsoe.


Derrick Brooks -- The outside linebacker saw his Pro Bowl streak end at nine years despite leading the Buccaneers in tackles with 132. Brooks said he believes part of the reason Chicago's Lance Briggs, Dallas' DeMarcus Ware and Seattle's Julian Peterson were chosen is the success of their teams compared to the Buccaneers (3-11).


Saints -- New Orleans' offensive line will go to Honolulu, although left tackle Jammal Brown was the only player picked. Brown is treating left guard Jamar Nesbit to a trip because of his tutelage, and quarterback Drew Brees is footing the bill for center Jeff Faine, right guard Jahri Evans and right tackle Jon Stinchcomb.


Browns -- Cleveland is the only NFL team that has failed to produce a Pro Bowl player the past four seasons. The Browns are 19-43 in that span.


Julius Peppers -- Reaching a third consecutive Pro Bowl triggered a $3 million bonus for the Panthers defensive end. The money also will raise Peppers' 2007 salary cap number to more than $17 million, making it likely the Panthers will attempt to negotiate an offseason contract extension to lower the figure.


Chargers and Bears -- San Diego (nine) and Chicago (seven) each had more selections than the entire AFC East (six). All of that division's picks were on defense and special teams.


Shawn Andrews -- The Eagles guard attributed landing his first Pro Bowl berth to a 60-pound offseason weight loss. "I was tired of being extra huge, being uncomfortable when I walk to the store," said Andrews, who now weighs roughly 340 pounds. "I was tired of sweatin' when it's 20 below. I don't want to die because I ate too many cheeseburgers."

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