Chapel Hill, N.C. ----- Three former University of North Carolina football
players have been named to the NFL Pro Bowl, including Carolina defensive
end Julius Peppers, Atlanta tight end Alge Crumpler and Indianapolis center
The selection was the first for Saturday, who was a four year letterwinner
at North Carolina from 1994-97 and twice earned All-Atlantic Coast
Conference honors. He has been the full-time starter for the Colts since
2001. This year he started all 14 games, helping lead the Colts to a 13-1
record and one of the top offensive units in the league.
Crumpler made the all-star game for the third consecutive season. The
Falcons' leading receiver, Crumpler has 58 receptions for 793 yards and five
touchdowns. He was a three-time All-ACC performer for the Tar Heels and was
selected by the Falcons in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft.
The second overall pick of the 2002 NFL Draft, Peppers earned his
second-straight Pro Bowl selection. He has 41 tackles and is tied for the
team lead with 7.5 sacks in 2005.