Sore Losers? I don't get it.
Brady, Moss to miss Pro Bowl
One day after a shocking loss to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Randy Moss have announced they will not play in the Pro Bowl game in Honolulu on Feb. 10.
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Brady, who was sacked five times in the Super Bowl, had been bothered by an anke injury since the Patriots' AFC Championship game vs. the San Diego Chargers. The Patriots have not disclosed a reason for Moss' absence from the annual all-star game. He was not listed on the Patriots injury report leading up to the Super Bowl.
Brady will be replaced by Cleveland Browns quarterback Derek Anderson, who joins five other Browns players on the AFC Pro Bowl roster. Moss will be replced by Cincinnati Bengals wideout Chad Johnson, joining Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who was named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster on Dec. 18. Together they become the first pair of Bengals WRs to be named to the Pro Bowl in the same season.
Anderson was 10-5 as a starter and completed 298-of-527 passing for 3,787 yards with 29 touchdowns and 19 interceptions for a 82.5 quarterback rating. Anderson finished the season tied for second in franchise history with 29 passing touchdowns, fifth in attempts (527), fifth in passing yards (3,787) and sixth in completions (298).
Comp. pct.: 68.9
"We're excited the Browns will have such a presence at the Pro Bowl this year," said Browns Senior Vice President and General Manager, Phil Savage. "Kellen (Winslow) has overcome so much in the past two years and is a real catalyst for our team. Derek (Anderson) became the starter under difficult conditions after week one and led us to ten wins and a 7-0 home record. Both will grow from this experience in Hawaii."
Anderson and Winslow join Browns kick returner Joshua Cribbs, wide receiver Braylon Edwards, long snapper Ryan Pontbriand and left tackle Joe Thomas as the first Browns players selected to the Pro Bowl since LB Jamir Miller was named during the 2001 season (2002 Pro Bowl).
The last time the Browns had six players named to the Pro Bowl was following the 1994 season when six Browns players went to Hawaii. The last Browns quarterback named to the Pro Bowl was Bernie Kosar in the 1987 season (1988 Pro Bowl) and the last Browns tight end named to the Pro Bowl was Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome in the 1985 season (1986 Pro Bowl).
Johnson caught 93 passes for 1440 yards and eight TDs in 2007. The 1440 receiving yards broke his own team season record (1432 in ’05), and he became the team’s all-time leader in receptions (559) and receiving yards (8365). The 93 catches marked his fourth career 90-catch season. He now has at least one catch in 92 consecutive games, one short of Carl Pickens’ team-record streak of 93.
Brady and Moss are both coming off record-breaking seasons in which Brady threw an NFL-record 50 touchdown passes, 23 of which went to Moss, who broke the previous record of 22 touchdown catches held by Jerry Rice.