Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Horn & Berger to Represent the Saints at Pro Bowl

from the official site of the New Orlean Saints
Saints WR Joe Horn and P Mitch Berger, both NFL statistical leaders, have been voted to the 2005 NFC Pro Bowl squad, it was announced today by the league. For Horn, it will be his fourth trip to the postseason all-star game with the Saints, and first since 2002. Berger was voted to the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career and the first time since 1999.

Horn has made an assault on the Saints' all-time records again this season. He ranks first in the NFL with 1,248 receiving yards, leads the NFC with 85 catches and has tied the team mark he set last year with 10 touchdowns. The ninth-year veteran, also a Pro Bowl pick from 2000-02, is on pace to break the club records of 94 receptions for 1,340 yards that he established in 2000.

Horn has five 100-yard games in 2004 - including a season-high 167 on five grabs vs. Kansas City on Nov. 14 - giving him a club-record 24 in his career. The Saints are 18-6 since 2000 when the wideout reaches triple digits. With 44 touchdown catches since joining the Saints, Horn ranks second in franchise history in that category, a spot he also holds in career receptions (428) and receiving yardage (6,138).

Berger leads the league with a 39.5-yard net punting average, also a tribute to the clubs coverage unit. He ranks third in the NFC with a 44.1-yard average on 68 punts (2,996 yards) and has dropped 21 punts inside the opponent's 20. Following a sparkling performance in the Saints' victory at Dallas on Dec. 12 where he averaged 46 yards per punt and pinned five inside the 20, Berger was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. He was also voted to the Pro Bowl in 1999 while with the Minnesota Vikings.

Three Saints were also voted as alternates to the NFC squad: C LeCharles Bentley, WR Michael Lewis as a kick return specialist, and RB Deuce McAllister.

The entire AFC and NFC rosters for the Pro Bowl will be announced tonight 6 pm CT on the 2005 Pro Bowl Selection Show on ESPN. The game will be held Feb. 13, 2005 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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