Three Birds Bound For Hawaii

Lito Sheppard

While the Philadelphia Eagles continue to focus on the Super Bowl, three of their players are headed for the Pro Bowl. Brian Dawkins, Lito Sheppard and Shawn Andrews all got the nod Tuesday for the post-season tribute.

For Brian Dawkins, playing in the Pro Bowl is nearly an annual task. It's practically part of his job description. For Lito Sheppard, the honor is just starting to become an annual event and for Shawn Andrews, the trip to Hawaii is his first.

While a trip to Hawaii sounds nice, for the three Eagles headed there, they're thinking first about a trip to Dallas. Ahh, nothing like Christmas in Dallas.

Dawkins will make his sixth appearance in the Pro Bowl game. The selection comes on the heels of perhaps the best game of his professional career Sunday when the Eagles beat the Giants to set up a showdown with the Cowboys Christmas night. Only Chuck Bednarik (8) and Reggie White (7) have more Pro Bowl selections as an Eagle than Dawkins does. Of course, that's not surprising, considering how Dawkins is moving up the list of career achievements. Dawkins has moved to third on the team's list of all-time interceptions with 31, just three behind Eric Allen and Bill Bradley.

A few years down the road, Sheppard could be challenging the leaders for the number of Pro Bowl appearances by an Eagle. In just his third season, Sheppard will play in his second Pro Bowl. Sheppard was a member of the 2004 NFC squad, but wasn't selected last season.

Andrews was a bit of a surprise selection. The offensive guard will be making his first Pro Bowl appearance, but it was thought that Jon Runyan might be the most likely choice from the offensive line. Last year, Andrews was an alternate on the staff, after winning a starting job in his rookie season in 2004. Who knows what Andrews might have accomplished that season had he not suffered a broken fibula in the first game of the season?

Brian Westbrook was thought to have a good shot at making the squad, but was only named as an alternate. Tiki Barber (NYG), Frank Gore (SF) and Steven Jackson (STL) got the nod in the NFC backfield. L.J. Smith and Jeremiah Trotter were also named as alternates to the team.

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