Darrelle Revis named Pro Bowl starter

Updated: December 29, 2010, 1:25 AM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

Not only are the New York Jets headed to the playoffs, they'll also send three players to the Pro Bowl.

Cornerback Darrelle Revis and center Nick Mangold were named starters on the AFC squad, while left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson made the team as a reserve.

"I don't have the stats this year [so] I didn't even think I was gonna make it," said Revis, who will be headed to his third consecutive Pro Bowl and second as a starter. "I didn't think I was even gonna be in the voting, but people gameplan against me and respect me as a player. I guess that goes along with it as well too."

Revis, who has 32 tackles but no interceptions, overcame an injured hamstring -- as well as his well-documented holdout during training camp -- to make the team.

"The holdout stuff happened," Revis said. "It's a part of the business. Hamstrings are part of the game too. ... You can't take those things back.

"Making the Pro Bowl isn't icing on the cake. What's icing on the cake [would be] a Super Bowl win."

Mangold will be making his third straight trip to the Pro Bowl as a starter. He has started 79 consecutive games since he was drafted by the Jets in 2006.

"I don't think it can ever become old habit," said Mangold, who is currently battling a cold. "It's a great honor to have the fans, players and the coaches voting. It's a special thing and I'm real proud of it."

Mangold will be joined by Ferguson, who will be making his second straight Pro Bowl appearance, giving the Jets two offensive linemen on the AFC roster. However, Mangold wishes a third member of that steady unit would've made the team.

"[Right guard] Brandon Moore has played an outstanding year," Mangold said. "It's disappointing. I think he deserves recognition."

Moore is one of nine Jets' alternates. Left back David Harris and kick returner Brad Smith are first alternates; cornerback Antonio Cromartie, tight end Dustin Keller are second alternates; Moore is a third alternate; defensive end Shaun Ellis, left back Calvin Pace and left back Jason Taylor are fourth alternates, while running back LaDainian Tomlinson is a fifth alternate.

Ferguson, who has also started 79 straight games since being drafted in 2006, has done a spectacular job protecting quarterback Mark Sanchez's blind-side all season, particularly in the last two weeks against vaunted pass rushers James Harrison and Julius Peppers.

"It's conformation that we're on the right track and it's a nice conformation that people see the work you've put in as well," Ferguson said. "It's just a great thing to know that other people see you as a talented player. It's a great feeling."

Last season, the Jets also had three players voted in: Revis, Mangold and left guard Alan Faneca. Ferguson and Ellis were later added as alternates.

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

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