Patriots Pro Bowl Players for 2005

<p>The AFC and NFC Pro Bowl Players have been selected and the list is out. Players are determined by their fellow players, the Coaches and the Fans with votes from each group counting equally. </p> <p>There were four Patriots voted to the Pro Bowl this year and you'd be surprised who was left off the list. </p>

PHOTO: New England Patriots running back Corey Dillon (28) bursts past the Cleveland Browns defenders Barry Gardner, left, and Chaun Thompson. (AP Photo)

Pro Bowl Players

Players selected: Tom Brady, Richard Seymour, Adam Vinatieri, Larry Izzo.

Many in the media wonder why Brady may rate a trip the to the Pro Bowl, when other players have put up better numbers. One merely has to look at the records Brady and the Patriots continue to set to understand why Brady deserves to go. 21 consecutive wins in a row. 19 games in a row and counting where the Patriots have scored first.

There are some additional players on the roster having Pro Bowl caliber seasons. Not all of them received their due, including Corey Dillon who ranks 2nd overall for yards per game (110), and is currently 3rd in the AFC total yards rushing (1430) in spite of playing one game less than the players ahead of him. See more

"It is always disappointing to see some guys that you feel had a really good year or are really good players for us and aren't selected," Coach Bill Belichick told reporters. "I'm sure every team in the league feels that there are players that fall under that category for them."

Players left off the list include LB, Tedy Bruschi, S, Rodney Harrison, and RB, Corey Dillon who is on pace to set new career records. Dillon has been to the pro bowl previously as a Bengal.

QB, Tom Brady - Brady, two time Superbowl MVP, has been passed over time and again for pro-bowl voters, finally was recognized by his peers, the coaches and the fans. Brady is setting career highs this season, and is on pace to have his best season ever as a Patriot with a 90.3 QB rating.

DL, Richard Seymour - Seymour is having a stellar year in terms of consistency and attention from opposing teams. The former first round draft pick (2001, 1st round, #6 overall), made his first touchdown of his career this season against the Bills, after LB, Tedy Bruschi sacked Drew Bledsoe setting up Seymour's 68 yard romp to the end zone.

K, Adam Vinatieri - Vinatieri is performing at his usual high standard. Although this season, Vinatieri has stepped it up a notch, completing 28 of 29 FGs for an accuracy of 96.6% besting Matt Stover of the Baltimore Ravens at 92.9% and Josh Brown of the Seattle Seahawks at 91.7%.

Vinatieri also tops the league in scoring at 127 points. Only fellow kickers David Akers of the Philadelphia Eagles and Shayne Graham of the Bengals are within 20 points of Vinatieri.

LB, Larry Izzo - Izzo, has been recognized as a team leader on a Patriots Special teams unit that has hot and cold days. His tireless commitment to being one of the best special teams players has enabled him to make the Pro bowl roster in spite of being only a 5-10 228lb reserve LB. Izzo has led the Patriots in Special teams tackles in each season he has been with the Patriots. He is in his 9th year in the league, and signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted FA out of Rice University. Izzo joined the Patriots in 2001.

You can find the entire 2005 Pro Bowl roster on the official NFL Pro Bowl Site:
URL: http://www.nfl.com/probowl/

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