Favre, Franks and Green in Pro Bowl

Quarterback Brett Favre, tight end Bubba Franks and running back Ahman Green have been voted to the NFC's Pro Bowl squad, the league announced Wednesday.<p>

Favre earned his sixth trip to the Pro Bowl while Franks and Green will each be making their debuts in the game.

Six other Packers were voted as alternates to the NFC team: safety Darren Sharper, fullback William Henderson, guard Marco Rivera, punter Josh Bidwell, center Mike Flanagan and defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. Suprisingly, standout cornerback Mike McKenzie was not among the selections.

The voting for the game, which is Feb. 9 in Honolulu, was done by fans, players and league executives.

Favre, who is third in the NFL with a 93.1 passer ranking, will be making his first trip to the all-star game since 1997. The 32-year old Favre was previously named to the squad in 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1997.

Favre, 32, has thrown 30 touchdown passes which ranks second in the NFL to Kurt Warner's 33. Favre has completed 299 of 480 passes for 3,606 yards and 15 interceptions.

Green, a fourth-year pro out of Nebraska, has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in rushing for the second straight season. He enters Sunday's regular-season finale in New York first in the NFC with 1,286 rushing yards and is second with 1,861 yards from scrimmage.

Franks, in his second year out of Miami of Florida, leads NFL tight ends with nine touchdown receptions.

The 6-6, 260-pound Franks leads all NFL tight ends in touchdown receptions with 9 - at the moment leaving him just 2 short of the team's single-season record of 11 by Paul Coffman in 1983 - and is tied for fifth in NFC scoring among non-kickers.

Frank becomes the first 1st-round draft pick from former GM Ron Wolf's tenure to be named to the Pro Bowl. Sharper has amassed more than 100 tackles for the third consecutive season, also leads the team in interceptions with 5 and in passes defensed with 21.

Henderson, an all-purpose fullback, has contributed to the Packers' cause in a variety of ways - primarily as the primary blocker for Green in number 30's drive to a second 1,000-yard rushing season. He also has made several key receptions while catching 21 passes for 193 yards and rushed 6 times for 11 yards. The seven-year veteran has been a major contributor on special teams, playing a role on most of them. With one game remaining, he is tied for fourth on the club in coverage tackles with 8.

Rivera, a sixth-year professional and a fourth-year starter, has been the most consistent member of the Packers' offensive line despite having to play with a broken left hand - an injury suffered on the practice field - since early December.

Playing with a heavy cast on the hand in a divisional showdown against the Chicago Bears three days later, he made a key block of Bear DE Phillip Daniels to spring Ahman Green for what proved to be the winning score in a 17-7 victory.

Also from the Packer's press release:

Flanagan, in his first year as a starter, has been consistently effective in the role since taking over from the veteran Frank Winters, beginning with the opening weekend of the season when he helped the Packers rush for an NFL-high 179 yards in a 28-6 victory over Detroit. In the process, he delivered a key block of Shaun Rogers on Green's 31-yard touchdown run to open the scoring. He also held Tampa Bay's vaunted Warren Sapp to one assisted tackle in a 21-20 victory over the Buccaneers November 4 and played a major role in neutralizing Baltimore's standout defensive tackles, Tony Siragusa and Sam Adams in a 31-23 triumph over the defending Super Bowl champions (October 14).

Gbaja-Biamila, in only his second NFL season, has become one of the league's premier passrushers, registering 13.5 sacks to rank second to only league-leading Michael Strahan of the New York Giants (21.5). Bidwell, despite having to kick in unfavorable field and weather conditions in the latter portion of the season, has managed to rank among the NFC's leading punters with a 42.4-yard average for 77 punts.

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