It may be his fourth time, but David Akers says his selection to the 2010 Pro Bowl actually "feels better than the first one."
In a press conference Tuesday evening, the 35-year-old Akers offered his thanks to the Eagles organization and to those who voted him as the kicker for the NFC squad.
"I truly feel like it's a blessing really," said Akers, who leads the NFL with 139 points and 32 field goals in 2009. "Just to be able to be picked by your peers and coaches who think you're still on top of your game, it's great. Hopefully the rest of the season I won't prove anybody wrong."
Akers has connected on a career-high 88.9% of his attempts. He tied his own team record by nailing 17 field goals in a row, en route to earning NFC special teams player of the month honors in November.
Akers has also made two game-winning kicks in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter this season (11/29 vs. Washington and 12/27 vs. Denver). Also, his 12 field goals of 40-plus yards this season lead the NFC.
"Personal accolades helps keep you around in the NFL, but ultimately, our team goal ... is to be in Miami the next week for the Super Bowl," Akers said.
This marks Akers' first trip to the Pro Bowl since after the 2004 season. Since then, Akers has had to overcome some adversity, including a groin injury in 2005. But Akers has since made changes in his offseason training and believes he's still at the top of his game.
"At this point in my career, I feel that I'm still strong," he said.
With four career Pro Bowl selections, Akers is now tied for the third in NFL history for Pro Bowl berths among kickers. Only Morten Andersen (7) and Jan Stenerud (6) have registered more. Akers is tied with former Eagles Gary Anderson and Sam Baker, as well as Jim Bakken and George Blanda.
-- Posted by Bob Kent, 9:02 p.m., December 29