ACC Leads With 22 Players Named to Pro Bowl

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference leads all college conferences nationally with 22 players named to the 2006 NFL Pro Bowl rosters. Eight of the 12 current league members had at least one former player selected.

Miami leads all schools nationally with six players selected while North Carolina was second with four. NC State tied with Georgia, Oklahoma and USC for third nationally with three players honored. Clemson, Florida State, Maryland and Virginia each had two players selected while Virginia Tech had one.

Among conferences with multiple selections, the Pac-10 was second to the ACC with 14 players selected while the SEC was third with 11. The Big Ten had nine players named followed by the Big 12 (8), the Mountain West (5), Big East (2), Mid-American (2), Sun Belt (2) and Western Athletic (2).

NOTEABLES: Fourteen of the ACC’s 22 selections are from the NFC while eight will be playing for the AFC … Philadelphia DB Brian Dawkins (Clemson) and St. Louis WR Torry Holt will both be making their sixth Pro Bowl appearances … Chicago’s Devin Hester (Miami), who has set an NFL record this season with six combined kick returns for touchdowns, made the team in his rookie season … San Francisco’s Frank Gore (Miami), the NFC’s rushing leader with 1,491 yards will start at tailback for the NFC … New York Giants three-time All-Star running back Tiki Barber will team with his brother Ronde, a cornerback and four-time Pro Bowl choice from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on the NFC squad for the third year in a row … Atlanta’s Alge Crumpler (North Carolina), who leads NFC tight ends with 677 yards, and New York Giant TE Jeremy Shockey (Miami) are pro bowl-bound for the fourth time … San Diego OLB Shawne Merriman (Maryland) and QB Philip Rivers (NC State) are among an NFL-high nine Chargers named to the Pro Bowl.

2006 NFL Pro Bowl Selections from current ACC schools

Pos Player          School          NFL Team

FS  Brian Dawkins   Clemson         Eagles
KR  Justin Miller   Clemson         Jets
WR  Anquan Boldin   Florida State   Cardinals
OT  Walter Jones    Florida State   Seahawks
DT  Kris Jenkins    Maryland        Panthers
OLB Shawne Merriman Maryland        Chargers
RB  Frank Gore      Miami           49ers
TE  Jeremy Shockey  Miami           Giants
KR  Devin Hester    Miami           Bears
WR  Andre Johnson   Miami           Texans
WR  Reggie Wayne    Miami           Colts
FS  Ed Reed         Miami           Ravens
WR  Torry Holt      NC State        Rams
SS  Adrian Wilson   NC State        Cardinals
QB  Philip Rivers   NC State        Chargers
TE  Alge Crumpler   North Carolina  Falcons
DE  Julius Peppers  North Carolina  Panthers
C   Jeff Saturday   North Carolina  Colts
RB  Willie Parker   North Carolina  Steelers
RB  Tiki Barber     Virginia        Giants
CB  Ronde Barber    Virginia        Buccaneers
CB  DeAngelo Hall   Virginia Tech   Falcons

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