Pro Bowl Insider

Two Giants made the Pro Bowl for the 2006 season. Here is some information on them both.

Tiki Barber

Position: Running back, joined at the position by reserves Frank Gore of San Francisco and Steven Jackson of St. Louis.

Pro Bowl history: Barber is the first Giant to be voted to the Pro Bowl three years in a row since defensive end Michael Strahan from 2001-2003 and is the first Giants running back ever to be selected three seasons in a row. Last year he was his conference's leading rusher with 33 yards in the NFC's 23-17 victory.

Defining moment: On Oct. 15 in Atlanta, Barber bust out for 185 rushing yards (7.1-yard average), the fifth-highest total of his career, and added 42 receiving yards for good measure.

What he said: "I am both emotional and ecstatic to once again be named to the Pro Bowl. With this being my final season in the NFL and the final time my brother Ronde and I will be teammates the honor carries even more significance than in previous years. I want to express my sincere gratitude and thank the fans around the country as well as my fellow players and the coaches around the league who voted for me."

What they said about him: "His success has been something that he's worked awfully hard for. A guy like him who leaves the game in some might say his prime, he's leaving on his terms and he'll be missed by, I'm sure, not only the Giants but the National Football League. He's someone that was very dedicated, is very dedicated, is very smart, very intelligent. He has very good ball skills and is willing to go the extra mile in the offseason to get better. He's something else." – Saints coach Sean Payton

Jeremy Shockey

Position: Tight end, joined at the position by starter Alge Crumpler of Atlanta.

Pro Bowl history: Shockey was elected for the fourth time in his five seasons with the Giants. Before Shockey, Mark Bavaro held the record for selections by a Giants tight end with two. Shockey missed last year's game with an ankle injury.

Defining moment: Shockey's defining moment also came in Atlanta. After a few weeks of struggling through injuries and ineffectiveness, Shockey caught six passes for 55 yards and two touchdowns.

What he said: "It's a very special honor to be selected to the Pro Bowl. There are so many great players in this league and to be voted as one of the best at your position by the fans, the players you play against and the coaches means a great deal to me. It's nice to be recognized individually after putting in all the hard work it takes to be successful in this league, but what is most important is team success. We need to play the way we are capable of playing as a team so I can play a lot more football before making the trip to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl."

What they said about him: "I've always been very, very impressed with Jeremy because of his blocking ability as well as his ability as a receiver. Obviously, he has the speed to be a vertical threat. He does have the ability to run after the catch. He is an outstanding blocker. I've seen the emergence of a guy who is really – he has always been very serious about his football, but I think he really understands the team concept." – Giants coach Tom Coughlin

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