Two Texans tabbed as Pro Bowl starters

December 16, 2008 4:25:56 PM PST
The NFL announced Tuesday that Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson and defensive end Mario Williams were named as AFC starters in the 2009 Pro Bowl. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

This marks the fifth consecutive season the Texans have had a player in the Pro Bowl and the third year in a row that the team has had at least one starter. Johnson will make his third appearance and second start in the NFL's all-star game, while Williams will make his Pro Bowl debut.

Johnson leads the NFL with 103 receptions and 1,408 receiving yards. His yardage total is a career high and a Texans' franchise record, while his reception total through 14 games is one shy of his franchise record.

Williams has recorded a team-high 11.0 sacks this season and is the Texans' all-time sack leader with 29.5 in just under three years. Williams has accounted for half of the Texans' 22 sacks this season.

Five Texans were named as alternates for the AFC squad including tight end Owen Daniels, fullback Vonta Leach, guard Chester Pitts, linebacker DeMeco Ryans, and running back Steve Slaton.

The game is Feb. 8 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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