Hawaiian Knights

On Tuesday, the NFL announced the 2009 Pro Bowl rosters and there will be two former UCF Knights that will be making the trip to Honolulu. Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall and Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel were named to the AFC and NFC teams respectively, and they could even match up against each other in February's game.

Brandon Marshall will be making his first trip to Hawaii as a Pro Bowler in just his third NFL season. Marshall has 88 receptions for 1081 yards with six touchdowns, despite playing in just 13 games for Denver. The 88 receptions ties Marshall with Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald for fifth in the NFL, and the 1081 yards ranks Marshall seventh in the league. Marshall was voted as an AFC starter along side of Andre Johnson, and has helped lead his team to the lead in the AFC West.

"It means a lot to be voted in by your peers and the coaches from around the league," Marshall said. "For me, it means a lot more to lead the fan vote because it shows me that they support the guys who have their heads on straight and try to do the right things. I've worked hard this season to prove that day in, day out, both on and off the field. I'm very thankful for this honor. I've called everyone in my phone. Come Wednesday, it's time to re-focus on Buffalo and do what we have to do to get into the playoffs."

Philadelphia cornerback Asante Samuel was selected to his second Pro Bowl in as many seasons, and this will be the first time he'll be suiting up for the NFC squad after spending the first five years of his career with the New England Patriots. The ball-hawking corner is tied for fourth in the NFC with four interceptions, the fourth coming in Monday night's 30-10 Eagles victory over the Cleveland Browns, when Samuel stepped in front of a Ken Dorsey pass and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown. In 13 games this season, Samuel has 30 tackles and 24 passes defensed, which ties him with Giants corner Corey Webster for the most passes defensed in the NFL. Samuel's 23 interceptions since 2006 rank him first in the NFL.

"I think I am playing at a high level," Samuel said. "I'm getting my hands on the ball. That's what they pay me to do; to come in and make plays and get my hands on the ball as much as possible."


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