Edwards, Cribbs going to Hawaii
Zac Jackson, Staff Writer
After a five-year hiatus, the Browns are back in the Pro Bowl.
The NFL announced wide receiver Braylon Edwards and kick returner Joshua Cribbs will represent the AFC squad on Tuesday.
Their selections are the first of their three-year careers and the first for the Browns since Jamir Miller was chosen following the 2001 season. Edwards was the first draft choice of the Romeo Crennel/Phil Savage Browns in the 2005 draft, while Cribbs was signed as undrafted free agent after that draft.
The Browns also had four players chosen as first alternates -- quarterback Derek Anderson, tight end Kellen Winslow, left tackle Joe Thomas and left guard Eric Steinbach. Fullback Lawrence Vickers is a second alternate, and kicker Phil Dawson is a third alternate.
The Pro Bowl will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Sunday, February 10 and will be televised by FOX.
"As a team, we're proud of the recognition received by Braylon Edwards and Joshua Cribbs," Browns general manager Phil Savage said. "They both deserved this honor. We're excited about our future because of them and our other players who were chosen as alternates as well.
"Winning brings attention and it's great to be on the plus side of the ledger so far this season. Now that this is over, our full attention can go to this week's game against Cincinnati."
Edwards leads the Browns with 1,170 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns and ranks second on the club with 69 receptions.
Edwards is currently fifth in the NFL with his 1,170 yards receiving and his 13 touchdowns rank third in the league and have tied the Browns' all-time single-season record set by Gary Collins in 1963.
He's the first Browns' wide receiver selected to the Pro Bowl since Webster Slaughter in 1990.
"I've dreamed about this my whole life," Edwards said. "I'm just real excited. I'm happy for my teammates, too. I'm going but I'm really going as a representative of what we've done this year and the kind of year we've had on this offense."
Cribbs has totaled 53 kickoff returns for 1,637 yards and a 30.9 average, both league highs. He's scored two kick return touchdowns -- a 90-yarder in Oakland and a 100-yarder in Pittsburgh -- and has also returned 24 punts for 243 yards (10.1 avg.).
His 10.1 punt return average ranks seventh in the league, and Cribbs is also tied for the team lead with 18 special teams tackles.
The first thing Cribbs did at his press conference Tuesday afternoon was thank his teammates, specifically the kickoff return unit.
"The guys have been playing hard, we've been winning and that's brought attention to us," Cribbs said. "We have a lot of great talented players on our team and they're finally being recognized because of how we're playing as a team."
The Pro Bowl teams are selected through a combination of voting from players, coaches, and fans, with each group's vote counting for one-third of the final total. Cribbs and Steinbach were the leading fan vote-getters at their respective positions.
The Browns last had two Pro Bowlers in 1994, when kick returner Eric Metcalf and defensive tackle Michael Dean Perry were chosen. They had six Pro Bowlers in 1995, but before this season Miller the only Brown of the new era to receive the honor.