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2008 AFC Pro Bowl Selections Include Two Oakland Raiders

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Lechler Makes His 4th Pro Bowl 

 

Lechler Makes His 4th Pro Bowl

 

After being snubbed the past two years, Nnamdi Asomugha and Shane Lechler both made the AFC Pro Bowl Rosters as starters for 2008. 

 

Despite playing six stellar years at cornerback, including an 8 interception year in 2006, Asomugha finally made the pro-bowl as the AFC’s starting corner back. Although Asomugha only has one interception for 2008, opposing teams havn’t dared to throw towards his side. For the first 14 games, opposing teams have only thrown in Asomugha’s direction 26 times completing only 12 of those passes. Those players having success against Asomugha? Future Hall of Famers, not to mention freaks of nature, Tony Gonzalez and Randy Moss.

 

After hearing of his selection today, Asomugha had this to say:

“It’s really refreshing when you get these types of moments when people can say, ‘Yeah, you’re one of the best. It’s not about the start and the finish it was everything in between that kind of makes you feel good about the journey.”

Source: Sfgate.com

Snubbed in the past few seasons, Shane Lechler made the Pro Bowl as the AFC’s punter. A three time pro bowler, Lechler averaged nearly 49 yards per punt this year, good for second best average in the AFC.

With the way the 2008 season has gone for the Raiders, Al Davis firing Kiffin mid-season, the Raiders failing to close the fourth quarter, and facing another post Super Bowl XXXVII year with less than 6 wins, the league finally selected deserving Raiders into the Pro Bowl.

Asomugha's First Pro Bowl As A Starter

Asomugha's First Career Pro Bowl Selection

As the Raiders 3-11 current record stands, the Raiders are looking at another 3rd to 6th round pick in the draft. After selecting Jamarcus Russell over Calvin Johnson and Adrian Peterson in 2007, and having McFadden hurt for most of the 2008 season while fellow rookies Matt Ryan and Matt Forte show impressive years, it’s hard to imagine what the Raiders will come away with in the 2009 draft. 

 

One thing is known however, two bright and soon-to-be free agent Raiders have received their due justice and will be traveling to Hawaii in February.

 

 

For the 2008 AFC Pro Bowl team, Asomugha and Lechler will be joining:

 

Offense

  • QB: Peyton Manning, IND
  • QB: Brett Favre, NYJ
  • QB: Jay Cutler, DEN
  • RB: Thomas Jones, NYJ
  • RB: Chris Johnson, TEN
  • RB: Ronnie Brown, MIA
  • FB: Le’Ron McClain, BAL
  • WR: Andre Johnson, HOU
  • WR: Brandon Marshall, DEN
  • WR: Reggie Wayne, IND
  • WR: Wes Welker, NWE
  • [Speaking of snubs, Calvin Johnson? Hello, has anyone seen his season despite Kitna, Orvlosky, and Culpepper under center?]
  • TE: Tony Gonzalez, KC
  • TE: Antonio Gates, SD
  • T: Joe Thomas, CLE
  • T: Jason Peters, BUF
  • T: Michael Roos, TEN
  • G: Alan Faneca, NYJ
  • G: Kris Dielman, SD
  • G: Brian Waters, KC
  • C: Kevin Mawae, TEN
  • C: Nick Mangold, NYJ
Defense
  • DE: Mario Williams, HOU
  • DE: Dwight Freeney, IND
  • DE: Robert Mathis, IND
  • DT: Albert Haynesworth, TEN
  • DT: Kris Jenkins, NYJ
  • DT: Shaun Rogers, CLE
  • OLB: James Harrison, PIT
  • OLB: Joey Porter, MIA
  • OLB: Terrell Suggs, BAL
  • ILB: Ray Lewis, BAL
  • ILB: James Farrior, PIT
  • CB: Nnamdi Asomugha, OAK
  • CB: Cortland Finnegan, TEN
  • CB: Darrelle Revis, NYJ
  • FS: Ed Reed, BAL
  • SS: Troy Polamalu, PIT
  • SS: Chris Hope, TEN
Special Teams
  • P: Shane Lechler, OAK
  • K: Stephen Gostkowski, NWE
  • KR: Leon Washington, NYJ
  • ST: Brendon Ayanbadejo, BAL

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