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Thomas, Rogers headed to Hawaii

Zac Jackson, Staff Writer

12.16.2008

Two of the biggest Browns are headed to the Pro Bowl.

LT Joe Thomas and DT Shaun Rogers were each named to the AFC roster Tuesday afternoon, and each will be making a return trip to Hawaii. Thomas started at left tackle in last year's game as a rookie, while Rogers played on the NFC team following both the 2004 and 2005 seasons when he was with Detroit.

Rogers leads the Browns with four and one-half sacks, 15 quarterback pressures, seven tackles for loss and has also officially blocked two kicks.He's started all 14 games at nose tackle since he was acquired in a trade with the Lions in March.

"I'm excited to be able to go out there and represent for the guys I play with," Rogers said. "It's an exciting thing and it's fun to be rewarded for a year's work."

Thomas has started every game at left tackle for the Browns since he was the third overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft. Now, he's set to make it two-for-two in Pro Bowl starts.

"It's obviously very exciting, starting out my career as far as Pro Bowls go," Thomas said. "I don't ever really worry individual recognition but this is quite an honor."

"We are both happy and proud of Joe and Shaun for being selected to this year's Pro Bowl," Browns general manager Phil Savage said. "Joe continues to be a model of consistency and Shaun has played at a high level all season."

In addition, Joshua Cribbs was named first alternate as the AFC return specialist and first alternate as special teams utility player. K Phil Dawson was named second alternate, while LB D'Qwell Jackson and LG Eric Steinbach were named third alternate at their respective positions.

BE THERE: Don't forget that you can enter to win a trip to watch Thomas and Rogers in the Pro Bowl through the Cleveland Browns Foundation Fuel up Play 60 Pro Bowl Sweepstakes, courtesy of American Dairy Association Mideast. Proceeds from the raffle benefit the Cleveland Browns Foundation and a specific effort to help build a fitness zone for a northeast Ohio school. For more information on how to enter, click here.