Polite's Pro Bowl Push

As Mr. Automatic on third- or fourth-and-short, Lousaka Polite has become a big part of the Miami offense. And Jason Taylor, for one, thinks there would be something wrong if Polite's performance this season didn't earn him a spot in the Pro Bowl. "If Lousaka doesn't make it, I am going to boycott something," Taylor said. "I don't know what it is going to be, but I am going to boycott something."

Polite certainly has a strong case for himself, starting with his 12-for-12 showing on those fourth-and-1 or third-and-1 situations.

Polite also has 105 yards rushing, which is the second-higest total among AFC fullbacks behind Baltimore's LaRon McClain. But McClain is more of a big halfback and his blocking doesn't come close to that of Polite.

What court hurt Polite's candidacy is the fact he doesn't have a big reputation, and oftentimes players need to have that one big year before they get themselves in the Pro Bowl talk.

Pro Bowl or no Pro Bowl, Polite has become a tremendous player for the Dolphins and a big-time find considering they signed him off the streets in mid-October of last year.

The Pro Bowl teams will be announced on Dec. 29, and Polite just might be the Dolphins' best candidate at this moment.

Others would have to include Randy Starks, Jake Long and Ricky Williams. Long leads all AFC offensive linemen in the fan balloting, which counts for one-third of the vote along with those of the players and coaches. Starks is another who could be hurt by a lack of reputation, while Williams is faced with tough competition at halfback from the likes of Chris Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Thomas Jones and Ray Rice.

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