Feb 06, 2007 -
The Most Valuable Player of the 2006 Pro Bowl will be back in Hawaii to defend his title this Saturday.
That would be Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks, who has made something of a habit out of a February visit to Honolulu. In fact, this is the 10th consecutive (and 10th overall) Pro Bowl selection for Brooks, who was added to the NFCâ€™s roster on Tuesday when Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs pulled out of the game.
Brooks had been chosen as the first alternate at the outside linebacker position in the NFC through a process that combined votes from NFL fans, players and coaches. Brooks, Dallasâ€™ DeMarcus Ware and Seattleâ€™s Julian Peterson will form the conferenceâ€™s outside linebacking corps.
Thus, Brooks has been selected for every NFL all-star game since 1997, his third year in the league, placing him in extremely rare company. Only a handful of players have earned double-digit Pro Bowl selections.
Brooks has been chosen 10 times and this will be the seventh game in which he has played (he was selected but did not play due to injuries after the 2001, 2003 and 2004 seasons.) He is the only active player in the NFL who has achieved this striking trifecta: 10 consecutive Pro Bowl selections, a Super Bowl championship and an NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. The latter of those two accomplishments occurred in the 2002 season............
why the thumbs down? Because he had no business making the probowl. He should decline it.