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AFC standouts aim for first 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 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:

Passer Rating Carson Palmer Cincinnati 106.6 2
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh 101.5 3
Jake Plummer Denver 91.2 5
Receptions Reggie Wayne Indianapolis 67 2
Deion Branch New England 65 4
Rushing Yards Larry Johnson Kansas City 1,108 3
Reuben Droughns Cleveland 1,029 T5
Willis McGahee Buffalo 1,029 T5
Scrimmage Yards Larry Johnson Kansas City 1,337 T3
LaMont Jordan Oakland 1,337 T3
Reuben Droughns Cleveland 1,329 5
Interceptions Greg Wesley Kansas City 6 3
Cato June Indianapolis 5 T4
Odell Thurman (R) Cincinnati 5 T4
Sacks Derrick Burgess Oakland 11.0 T1
Robert Mathis Indianapolis 10.5 T2
Kyle Vanden Bosch Tennessee 10.5 T2
Aaron Schobel Buffalo 9.0 5
Scoring Lawrence Tynes Kansas City 101 2
Shayne Graham Cincinnati 97 3
Nate Kaeding San Diego 93 4
Punt Returns B.J. Sams Baltimore 11.2 1
Pacman Jones (R) Tennessee 10.3 2
Wes Welker Miami 9.5 3
Dennis Northcutt Cleveland 8.7 4
Jerricho Cotchery New York 8.7 5
Kick Returns Jerome Mathis (R) Houston 30.8 2
Quincy Morgan Pittsburgh 28.2 3
Pacman Jones (R) Tennessee 26.8 4
Derrick Wimbush (R) Jacksonville 26.3

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