|3 Redskins wear No. 21 to honor slain teammate Sean Taylor|
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|Sunday, 10 February 2008 17:11|
Redskins tackle Chris Samuels, long snapper Ethan Albright and tight end Chris Cooley wore No. 21 in honor of slain teammate Sean Taylor.
They were captains for the NFC and lost the coin toss, but won the game in honor of Taylor, who was posthumously voted an NFC starter for the all-star game.
``It was a huge deal and it was done right,'' Samuels said. ``Sean's family was out here, we wore the 21 jersey and we honored him in the right way. We all know he should have been out there.
``He played the game the right way, rough and tough. We honored him today the right way.''
Taylor died Nov. 27 after being shot at his home during a botched robbery attempt.
``We miss him and love him,'' Samuels said. ``I think about him all the time. I don't think a day has gone by without me thinking about him. It's a tragic thing that happened. But today, he was honored.''
NEW REDSKINS COACH: Samuels said he was pleased with the announcement of his new coach, Jim Zorn.
h in there,'' the five-time Pro Bowl tackle said.
Zorn signed a five-year contract Saturday. The Redskins hired him as offensive coordinator two weeks ago, luring him away from the Seattle Seahawks, then decided late last week to interview him for the head coaching job after New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo withdrew from consideration.
Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck told Samuels he hates to see Zorn leave.
Samuels said he's not worried about the former quarterback's lack of head coaching experience.
``He's been on this level for a long time. He hasn't been a head coach, but as an offensive coordinator, that's pretty much right under the head coach,'' he said. ``Somebody has to give him a shot and I think he'll prove to everybody he's worthy of that job.''
NO LOVE LOST FOR PATRIOTS: As if losing in the Super Bowl wasn't enough, there was no love lost for the New England Patriots at the Pro Bowl.
The six members of the Patriots were booed during pregame introductions. None of them - offensive linemen Matt Light, Dan Koppen and Logan Mankins, cornerback Asante Samuel and linebacker Mike Vrabel - reacted to the reaction from 50,044 in Aloha Stadium.
Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys' 13-member delegation received the loudest cheers.
cameras and did a little shuffle as he stood onstage alone.
T.O. GETS BOOED - AND TWO TDS: Dallas receiver Terrell Owens was booed after dropping two passes early in the game. But he quickly made up for it and eventually drew loud cheers and some consideration for most valuable player.
Owens had a 34-yard catch and run on fourth-and-13 that set up his 6-yard TD catch from Cowboys teammate Tony Romo to trim the AFC's lead to 10 points in the second quarter. He later had a 6-yard TD reception from Jeff Garcia and finished with eight catches for 101 yards.
``It doesn't matter who is the quarterback,'' said Owens, who played with Garcia in San Francisco. Owens has had something of a running feud with Garcia since then, but it hardly mattered Sunday.
HALL OF FAME: The Hall of Fame's newest class was honored before the game. Washington receiver Art Monk, Washington cornerback Darrell Green, New England linebacker Andre Tippett, San Diego/San Francisco defensive end Fred Dean, Minnesota/Denver tackle Gary Zimmerman and Kansas City cornerback Emmitt Thomas will be inducted in the Canton, Ohio, shrine on Aug. 2.
Wearing Hawaiian shirts and red leis, the Hall of Fame selectees were given handshakes and hugs from the players as they walked across the field.
e unusual for a regular-season game, let alone the All-Star contest.
Packers cornerback Al Harris was flagged for an illegal defense - the Pro Bowl has special rules about rushing the quarterback and alignments on both sides of the ball - that took the ball from the AFC 45 to the NFC 40. Then Darren Sharper also was penalized, this time for blitzing, on top of a 17-yard completion from Cleveland's Derek Anderson to Indianapolis' Reggie Wayne. That got the ball to the NFC 11.
Rob Bironas then kicked his third field goal, a 28-yarder, for the AFC's last points.
DOMINATING: Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson was so dominant as the Pro Bowl's MVP that the other two running backs didn't have half as many carries as the Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Peterson had 16 carries for 129 yards, second only to Marshall Faulk's 180 in the 1995 game. Dallas RB Marion Barber ran six times for 37 yards and Philadelphia's Brian Westbrook had one carry for 4 yards.
By contrast, the AFC ran only 10 times, with 10-year veteran Fred Taylor carrying the most, three times for 15 yards in his Pro Bowl debut.
SPECIAL TEAMS: All-Pro kick returner Devin Hester was his usual dangerous self, even though he didn't break away for any touchdowns. The Chicago Bears star ran back five kickoffs for 165 yards, a 33-yard average, with a long of 51.
rn, but broke two for touchdowns.
AFC returner Joshua Cribbs of the Browns also had a good day with six runbacks for 159 yards and a long of 41. Cribbs averaged 30.7 yards during the season.
Football Writer Barry Wilner and Sports Writer Jaymes Song contributed to this story.