Favre, Green, Franks Make Pro Bowl
Jan. 03, 2002
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) _ Brett Favre is going to the Pro Bowl for the first time in four seasons, and he's taking with him two players who were key reasons for his return to Hawaii.
Joining Favre for the game Feb. 9 are tailback Ahman Green, the NFC's leading rusher; and tight end Bubba Franks, who leads the Packers with nine touchdown receptions.
``First time I think I've really seen Bubba smile is today,'' Favre said.
This was Favre's his sixth Pro Bowl selection. He said when he first made it, he was overjoyed, but now realizes there are bigger rewards.
``My main focus is to lead this team into the playoffs and try to get to the Super Bowl,'' Favre said. ``But yeah, it's a great honor.''
The Packers (11-4) can secure a home playoff game by beating the New York Giants on Sunday.
Green said despite his solid season, he was surprised by his selection.
``It's something I expected later on,'' he said. ``Right now, I'm happy for it, but I'm not totally, totally excited until we accomplish our goals as a team and get to the playoffs and we get where we want to be come February.''
Franks was a surprise selection if only because he's still a raw talent who came out of Miami a year early and was the 10th pick in the draft in 2000.
Although he's become a touchdown threat inside the 5-yard line because of his size (6-feet-6, 260 pounds), Franks still has trouble gaining separation from defenders to spread the field and give Favre a target down the middle.
``Well, you know, I had a great year, it was my best year yet,'' Franks said. ``But there's more improvement to come. But I was surprised.''
Wide receiver Antonio Freeman said there was a sense of satisfaction throughout the offensive unit, which hadn't had a Pro Bowl player since 1998, when he and tight end Mark Chmura made it.
``I'm happy for the guys, Ahman comes out of nowhere, great story,'' Freeman said. ``Brett's just Brett. But we all feel as though we contributed in some shape, form or fashion.''