Jan. 30, 2008
AUBURN, Ala. -
Three former Auburn Tiger football players have been selected to participate in the National Football League's Pro Bowl, held Feb. 10 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Placekicker Rob Bironas of the Tennessee Titans, offensive tackle Marcus McNeill of the San Diego Chargers and fullback Tony Richardson of the Minnesota Vikings will all participate.
Bironas will serve as the AFC's kicker after leading all NFL kickers with 35 made field goals on 39 attempts (89.7 percent). He made four field goals of over 50 yards, including a season long of 56 yards, and all 28 of his extra point attempts. His 133 points scored ranked fourth in the NFL and third among kickers. It will be his first Pro Bowl appearance after three seasons in the league, all with the Titans.
McNeill was added to the AFC's Pro Bowl squad Tuesday, Jan. 29, as an injury replacement. It will mark the second Pro Bowl appearance in as many seasons for McNeill, who last year became the first rookie offensive lineman to play in the Pro Bowl in 16 years. He will become just the second offensive lineman in NFL history to play in the Pro Bowl in his first two seasons, joining Richmond Webb. The Chargers' left tackle started all 16 regular season games and three playoff games for San Diego, which reached the AFC Championship game.
Richardson, in his 13 NFL season and second in Minnesota, will be making his third trip to the Pro Bowl, after also earning the honor in 2003 and 2004 while playing for the Kansas City Chiefs. He had just seven rushes for 13 yards and 11 catches for 89 yards, but the blocking specialist helped pave the way for Adrian Peterson to win the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year award after rushing for 1,341 yards.
The Pro Bowl will air live on FOX on Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m. CT.