Former USC stars Carson Palmer and Troy Polamalu were named to the AFC team for the 2006 Pro Bowl, it was announced today by the NFL. Fans, players and coaches select the AFC and NFC All-Stars with each group's collective vote counted one-third toward determining conference rosters.
Carson Palmer was named to the team after only his second year as a starter. Carson leads the NFL with a Bengals record 30 touchdown passes, and also leads the league in completion percentage (67.7) and TD-interception differential (plus-20). He is second in the NFL in passer rating (102.6). Earlier this year, he completed a run of nine games with a 100-plus passer rating, tying an NFL mark, and he's one short of a record for 100 ratings in a season with 12.
Troy Polamalu has earned his second trip to Honolulu in as many years as Pittsburgh's starting strong safety. Always one of the most visible and energetic players on the field, Polamalu has registered 85 tackles (70 solo) and two interceptions in 14 games. His three quarterback sacks in Week 2 at Houston tied an NFL record for safeties. Polamalu has also recovered three fumbles, including one that he returned 77 yards for a touchdown in Week 9 at Green Bay.