Barber Pro Bowl Bound; Brooks Snubbed
Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber is headed to the Pro Bowl for a third straight season. Linebacker Derrick Brooks, meanwhile, saw his franchise-record streak of nine straight selections snapped.
The NFL this afternoon released selections for the Feb. 10 game and the Bucs will be represented by Barber alone, who was named a starter for the NFC. It is the first time since 1996 only a single member of the team was chosen for the Pro Bowl.
Brooks does have an outside chance of keeping his streak alive. Last season's Pro Bowl Player of the Game was chosen as the first alternate for the NFC at outside linebacker, meaning he would take the place of Chicago's Lance Briggs, Seattle's Julian Peterson or Dallas' DeMarcus Ware if they are unable or unwilling to play.
The Bucs narrowly avoided their first Pro Bowl shutout in 11 years. In other Pro Bowl news, cornerback Torrie Cox was chosen as first alternate on special teams while fullback Mike Alstott will be a third alternate.