Patriots receiver Randy Moss and safety Brandon Meriweather were named to the AFC team for the Jan. 31 Pro Bowl in Miami.
Moss will replace teammate Wes Welker on the roster, while Meriweather takes the place of Buffalo rookie Jairus Byrd who, like Welker, finished the season on injured reserve.
The two will join teammates Tom Brady, Logan Mankins, and Vince Wilfork on the AFC team.
Plenty of alternates are always added to the roster, and this year there will be more than there have been in the past, with the game taking place before the Super Bowl, and players from the conference championship teams to be removed from the league’s all-star game.
As such, said Patriots aren’t looking to play in the Pro Bowl. However, it’s Meriweather’s first selection to the Pro Bowl while this is Moss’s seventh. An honor for both nonetheless.
Follow the jump for what the Patriots sent in their release on both players:
Meriweather set career highs in 2009 with five
interceptions and 83 total tackles. His 83 tackles led all Patriots’
defensive backs for the second straight season. He was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week
(Week 7 at Tampa Bay) by the National Football League after intercepting two
passes against the Buccaneers and returning one 39 yards for his first career
touchdown. The University of Miami product is in his third season with the
Patriots after being drafted in the first round (24th overall) in 2007. He has
played in 48 games with 27 starting assignments during his time with New
Moss finished the
season with 83 receptions for 1,264 receiving yards and tied for the NFL lead
with 13 receiving touchdowns. Moss’s 13 touchdowns are second in
Patriots’ history to the team-record 23 he had in 2007. He became the
seventh player in NFL history to reach 14,000 receiving yards and now ranks
sixth on the all-time list with 14,465. In addition, he became the 11th player
to reach the 900 career receptions milestone this season and now ranks 10th
with 926 receptions. Moss reached 1,000-yards receiving in 2009 for the 10th
time in his career. He joins Jerry Rice (14 seasons) as the only players in NFL
history to record 10 seasons with 1,000 receiving yards. Moss and Welker became
the first Patriots duo to have back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons last season and
have now stretched that to three straight 1,000-yard seasons. It is the sixth
time in NFL history a team has had two players go three straight seasons with