BEREA, Ohio, Feb. 4 (UPI) --
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady
has withdrawn from the Pro Bowl and will be replaced by Derek Anderson
of the Cleveland Browns.
Brady is coming off a record-setting season and led his team to an 18-0 record and to the Super Bowl. But the New York Giants shut down the Patriots offense and spoiled New England's perfect season with a 17-14 win.
Sunday's game will be Anderson's first Pro Bowl, and the first for a Browns quarterback since Bernie Kosar in 1988. Anderson finished the season with 3,787 passing yard and 29 touchdown passes -- one short of the team record.
The Browns also said tight end Kellen Winslow would replace San Diego's Antonio Gates, who pulled out of the Pro Bowl with a dislocated toe. It will also be Winslow's first Pro Bowl.
His father, Kellen Winslow Sr., played in five Pro Bowls while a member of the San Diego Chargers.
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