Four Cardinals selected to NFL Pro Bowl

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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) tries to elude San Francisco 49ers safety Michael Lewis during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009 in Glendale, Ariz. The 49ers won 20-16. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

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Posted on December 29, 2009 at 5:20 PM

PHOENIX - The following is a release from the Arizona Cardinals:

Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and strong safety Adrian Wilson have all been selected to represent the NFC in the 2010 Pro Bowl. Fitzgerald, Dockett and Wilson were all named starters. It is the second career selection for Dockett (2007), fourth for Fitzgerald (2005, 2007-08), first for Rodgers-Cromartie, and third for Wilson (2006, 2008).

Additionally, quarterback Kurt Warner, tackle Levi Brown, safety Antrel Rolle, punter Ben Graham, special teamer Sean Morey, and kicker Neil Rackers were selected as alternates.

The three defensive selections are the most for the Cardinals since 1970 (LB Larry Stallings, DB Roger Wehrli, and DB Larry Wilson) and the Cardinals nine selections over the past two years (five last year) are the most over a two-year span since 1977-78 when they had 10 Pro Bowl selections.

Dockett leads the Cardinals and all NFL interior defensive linemen with seven sacks on the season in addition to a career-high 15 tackles for loss and 57 tackles (43 solos). Earlier this season, he tied his career high with three sacks of Tennessee quarterback Vince Young. With his seven sacks so far this season, Dockett now has 26 for his career and ranks ninth on the franchise’s all-time list and third all-time in team history among defensive tackles. He also has one interception and nine quarterback hits while starting in all 15 games. He last made the Pro Bowl in 2007 after collecting a career-high nine sacks and 75 tackles. He is just the second defensive tackle in team history to make multiple Pro Bowl appearances (Eric Swann 1995-96).

Fitzgerald is the first Cardinal since Aeneas Williams (1994-99) to earn three consecutive Pro Bowl selections. He was selected the past two seasons after leading the NFC in both receptions and receiving yards (96 for 1,431 yards in 2008 and 100 for 1,409 yards in 2007) in both years. He was also selected in 2005 when he set a franchise record with 103 receptions. His four selections tie Mel Gray (1974-77) for the most selections for a wide receiver in team history and he is the first Cardinals player since Aeneas Williams (1994-99) to make at least four Pro Bowls.

Fitzgerald is currently second in the NFC in receptions with 94 catches for 1,075 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 12 touchdowns tie his career-high that he set last year while also tying him for first in the NFC and is second in the NFL. Earlier this season, Fitzgerald became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 7,000 receiving yards (26 years, 111 days old) while also becoming the first player in franchise history to record 1,000+ yard receiving seasons in three consecutive years (2007-09). Fitzgerald is also just the fifth active player to reach 1,000+ yards four times in his first six NFL seasons (Moss, Holt, Ochocinco, and Boldin).

Rodgers-Cromartie will make his first Pro Bowl appearance after recording a career-high and team leading six interceptions to go along with 33 passes defensed and a team high three forced fumbles. His six interceptions are tied for fifth in the NFL and he now has 12 interceptions in 27 career starts at cornerback. Earlier this season, playing with a broken finger which required a bulky cast, Rodgers-Cromartie returned a Matt Schaub interception 49 yards for the game winning points in the Cardinals 28-21 victory against Houston. He becomes the first Cardinals cornerback since 1999 (Aeneas Williams) to be selected for the Pro Bowl.

Wilson will make his second consecutive Pro Bowl start and third overall appearance. He is currently third on the team with 79 tackles to go along with a career high five interceptions, two sacks, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, 10 tackles for loss and 15 passes defensed. After collecting an interception and sack last weekend against St. Louis, Wilson became just the 10th player in NFL history with at least 20 interceptions and 20 sacks in their career. The longest tenured player on the Cardinals roster in his ninth season, Wilson is the fourth safety in team history to be selected to multiple Pro Bowls joining Tim McDonald (1989, ’91-92), Jerry Norton (1959, ‘60-61), and Hall of Famer Larry Wilson (1962-63, ‘65-70) and the first to do it in consecutive years since Larry Wilson in 1969-70. In addition to being selected last year, Adrian was also selected following the 2006 season when he became the first player in NFL history with two defensive touchdowns of 99+ yards in a single season.

The 2010 Pro Bowl will be played at Dolphin Stadium in South Florida on Sunday, January 31 and will be televised by ESPN.
 

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