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Six Eagles Are Pro Bowl-Bound

The Eagles' success this season has captured the attention of both fans as well as players and coaches around the league as six players were voted to the Pro Bowl.

Philadelphia's contingent includes second-year man DeSean Jackson, who according to the NFL is believed to be the first player in league history to be selected at both wide receiver and kick returner in the same season. Joining Jackson will be fullback Leonard Weaver, left tackle Jason Peters, defensive end Trent Cole, cornerback Asante Samuel and kicker David Akers.

The six-man contingent represents the most the team has sent to a Pro Bowl since the 2004 campaign, when 10 Eagles earned trips to NFL's all-star game.

Being played the week before the Super Bowl this season, the Pro Bowl offers some of the NFL's best their opportunity to shine. However, with the change in format this year and change in venue -- the game will be played Jan. 31 at Dolphin Stadium in South Florida -- players are thankful for the bid but would prefer to play at the same site a week later in Super Bowl XLIV.

For Jackson and Weaver, this marks their first Pro Bowl nomination. Meanwhile, it's the third straight year for both Peters and Samuel. Cole will make his second Pro Bowl appearance, while David Akers finds himself among the game's best for a fourth time.

Jackson, Weaver, Peters and Samuel are all listed as starters for the NFC squad.

-- Posted by Bob Kent, 7:15 p.m., December 29

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