Pro Bowl for Taylor, Thomas

DE Jason Taylor

There wasn't a whole lot of suspense when it came to the Pro Bowl announcement as far as the Dolphins and their fans were concerned. It was pretty much a given that Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas would make the team and that nobody else had much of a chance, and that's exactly how it played out.

Taylor was selected as a started at defensive end, while Thomas was chosen to back up Denver's Al Wilson at middle linebacker.

The game will be played on Saturday, February 10, at Honolulu's Aloha Stadium starting at 6 p.m. (ET), and will be televised live by CBS-TV.

It is Thomas' seventh selection to the Pro Bowl, including his second in a row, while Taylor has now been chosen on five occasions, including three straight times. It is also the fifth time that he has been picked as a starter.

Thomas' seven Pro Bowl are the most ever by a Dolphins defensive player, and heis now tied with former tackle Richmond Webb for the second-most Pro Bowl selections in franchise history. Only quarterback Dan Marino (9) was voted to more.

Taylor's five selections as a starter tie him with center Jim Langer for the second-most in club annals, trailing only Marino (7).

"We're very happy for both Jason and Zach," said Coach Nick Saban. "Those are two guys who have played great football for us all year. They've made lots of plays, but they also represent the organization professionally in every respect, both on the field and off the field. They are great leaders on the team, and it's always good to see guys who go about things in a first-class way get a lot of positive self-gratification in getting to the Pro Bowl. It certainly is a standard of excellence that every player aspires for."

Thomas has started all 14 games in 2006, and leads the NFL with 144 tackles. Taylor, meanwhile, is a strong candidate for NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors thanks to his 55 tackles, 12.5 sacks, two interceptions (both for TDs), 11 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

The AFC and NFC All-Star squads are made up of the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group's vote counts one-third towards determining the 43-man rosters that represent the American Football Conference and National Football Conference in the Pro Bowl.

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