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AFC standouts aim for first Pro Bowl

Heated playoff races and blustery temperatures set the table for an exciting home stretch of the 2005 NFL season. As games are won and legends are born, fans, coaches and players will soon conclude NFL All-Star voting for the 2006 Pro Bowl.

(Dec. 6, 2005) -- Heated playoff races and blustery temperatures set the table for an exciting home stretch of the 2005 NFL season. As games are won and legends are born, fans, coaches and players will soon conclude NFL All-Star voting for the 2006 Pro Bowl. Several of this season's top AFC performers aim to play under the Hawaiian sun for the first time in their careers.

Fan voting for the Pro Bowl -- which will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12 (ESPN, 6 p.m. ET) -- on NFL.com and via Sprint Wireless, will conclude Dec. 13. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Dec. 19-20, and the team will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. ET on the 2006 Pro Bowl Selection Show on ESPN.

Following are AFC players ranking in the top five in conference statistics who have never been selected to a Pro Bowl:

CATEGORYPLAYERTEAMSTATISTICAFC RANKING
Passer RatingCarson PalmerCincinnati106.62
Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh101.53
Jake PlummerDenver91.25
ReceptionsReggie WayneIndianapolis672
Deion BranchNew England654
Rushing YardsLarry JohnsonKansas City1,1083
Reuben DroughnsCleveland1,029T5
Willis McGaheeBuffalo1,029T5
Scrimmage YardsLarry JohnsonKansas City1,337T3
LaMont JordanOakland1,337T3
Reuben DroughnsCleveland1,3295
InterceptionsGreg WesleyKansas City63
Cato JuneIndianapolis5T4
Odell Thurman (R)Cincinnati5T4
SacksDerrick BurgessOakland11.0T1
Robert MathisIndianapolis10.5T2
Kyle Vanden BoschTennessee10.5T2
Aaron SchobelBuffalo9.05
ScoringLawrence TynesKansas City1012
Shayne GrahamCincinnati973
Nate KaedingSan Diego934
Punt ReturnsB.J. SamsBaltimore11.21
Pacman Jones (R)Tennessee10.32
Wes WelkerMiami9.53
Dennis NorthcuttCleveland8.74
Jerricho CotcheryNew York8.75
Kick ReturnsJerome Mathis (R)Houston30.82
Quincy MorganPittsburgh28.23
Pacman Jones (R)Tennessee26.84
Derrick Wimbush (R)Jacksonville26.3

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