Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh of the Cincinatti Bengals are both making names for themselves in the NFL. Derek Anderson, four years removed from Corvallis, is just emerging as big-time NFL quaterback.
All three of these guys made it to the NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii on Sunday. Derek got the call when the New England Patriots' Tom Brady called in sick. Sick to his stomach? Nah. Sick to his heart or something along those lines.
Derek Anderson was 10 of 26 passing for 103 yards. He saw most of his playing time in the second half, and had to share the quarterback duties with Payton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger. Again, Tom Brady should have been there, but didn't have the guts. Brett Farve wasn't there either. Or Randy Moss. Or LT. And there's more.
Derek drops back during a Pro Bowl practice. Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE (via NFL.com)
But Minnesota Vikings Rookie Adrian Peterson was there. After the NFC was trailing 27-21 at the half, Adrian dominated the second half, rushing for 129 yards and two touchdowns. He was voted the game MVP, and got a new Cadillac for his efforts.
Former Beaver T.J. Houshmandzadeh had four receptions for 44 yards and two touchdowns. Chad Johnson (a.k.a. "Ocho Cinco") had two receptions for 30 yards. Here they are celebrating together:
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The NFC won the game 42-30.