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Brooks, Barber on All-Pro team

Linebacker Derrick Brooks and cornerback Ronde Barber were among only 10 NFC players chosen for the Associated Press All-Pro first team.

The selection of Brooks is his fourth, tying him for the most in team history with Warren Sapp.

Barber was the leading vote-getter among all cornerbacks, attracting 17 votes from a national panel of 48 media members. It's the second selection to the AP All-Pro first team for Barber, who was named to the second team in 2002.

Both also were picked for the Pro Bowl in Hawaii.

"I'm very grateful and humbled to be selected as an All-Pro," Brooks said. "It is a very small light based on the season that we had. But I thank all my teammates and also want to congratulate Ronde on this great honor. I'm always pleased that people still think I am the best at what I do and I will continue to prove it every year."

Unlike the Pro Bowl, there is no conference distinction, just the best player at each position.

"I want to thank my teammates and coaches for helping me to be part of this prestigious Associated Press All-Pro team," Barber said. "It is a great privilege to play with great players like Brian Kelly and Greg Spires, who don't always receive the recognition they deserve."

Tampa Bay, Philadelphia and Carolina were the only NFC teams to place more than one player on the All-Pro team. (Complete list on 7C.)

ONE MORE GAME: It's another rematch of Super Bowl XXXVII.

Bucs coach Jon Gruden and his staff will lead the South team against Raiders coach Norv Turner and his staff against the North squad in the Senior Bowl Jan. 29 in Mobile, Ala.

Both coaches have experience coaching in the game. While with the Raiders, Gruden led the North squad in 1999 against then Bucs coach Tony Dungy's South team. Turner coached Senior Bowl teams to back-to-back wins while coach of the Redskins.

"The Senior Bowl is very beneficial, especially when it comes to spending time with the players," Gruden said. "During our last experience in 1999, we were able to get some great players on our team after having hands-on experience. With our 11 draft picks, this is a unique opportunity to work closely with the best prospects in this year's draft class."

BUCS BITS: General manager Bruce Allen said running back Charlie Garner (torn patellar tendon) and center John Wade (dislocated knee) are on track to rejoin off-season workouts sometime in June. Allen said he expects both to be on the training camp roster. Michael Pittman's six lost fumbles were "troubling," according to Allen. "Michael hasn't been a fumbler in his previous career," he said. "It bothers him. He's trying to concentrate on it. Sometimes, when you're pressing you're going to make more mistakes than when you just play football."

_ RICK STROUD, Times staff writer

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