Terrell Owens made the cut, as did Jessica Simpson's new main squeeze, Tony Romo. Reliable tight end Jason Witten — remember his long gain without a helmet earlier this season? — and hulking left tackle Flozell Adams were picked, too.
But, get this: Dallas had 11 honorees, matching the franchise record set back in the days when Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith already had won a Super Bowl.
The Cowboys not only had the most selections of any team in the league, they had three more than the headed-toward-perfection New England Patriots.
One of Dallas' picks isn't even a starter. And don't be surprised if at least one more member of "America's Team" makes it to Honolulu for the Feb. 10 game. Actually, a few more could go as four players were told they are first alternates.
"Wow," coach Wade Phillips said. Then, borrowing the trademark line of singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen, he added: "The road goes on forever and the party never ends."
Fan voting certainly helped, as did the fact the Cowboys were 12-1 when rival teams and coaches cast their ballots. Regardless, the announcement made for a nice bit of celebration during a week that's otherwise been filled with talk of Roy Williams' suspension, Romo's love life and bruised hand, and whether the team is starting another December swoon.
"We got our juices flowing again," Phillips said. "I got a real feeling that we got back as a team, (got) over losing the game. Boom! We're excited about our team, our players, man, were excited for each other. You know, you get that feeling — that's the team part of it, even though it's individuals making it."
Dallas' other picks includes only one defensive starter, linebacker DeMarcus Ware; left tackle Flozell Adams and right guard Leonard Davis. The pick of Davis shows the Cowboys knew what they were doing when they gave him a $16 million signing bonus.
Speaking of reserves, running back Marion Barber backs up Julius Jones in Dallas, but he was still voted among the league's best.
Any chance of a promotion, coach Phillips?
"I think he's excited where he is," Phillips said. "It says a great deal about him. But it says more about how he plays once he gets in the game and gets an opportunity to play."
Williams, Dallas' hard-hitting safety who is in jeopardy of missing the next game because of too many "horse-collar" tackles, has made four straight Pro Bowls. His fifth selection might be close since someone will have to take Taylor's spot. The only wrinkle might be that Taylor played free safety; Williams is a strong safety.
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