Cowboys latest Pro Bowlers focused on Giants

Cowboys latest Pro Bowlers focused on Giants

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DeMarcus Ware celebrates after one of his 18 sacks this season. Ware was chosen to the Pro Bowl for the 6th straight year.

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on December 28, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 28 at 8:12 PM

IRVING - While quarterback Tony Romo’s hand was the main focus at Valley Ranch, the lack of Pro Bowl recognition was a hot topic as well.

Only two Cowboys were picked, the smallest number since 2002 when only one player was selected.

"Guys like [tight end Jason] Witten and [Tony] Romo, they played good," said Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher. "A few more guys should have made it, but that's just the way the thing goes. Two guys on the defense, they're well deserved guys."
 
Linebacker DeMarcus Ware was chosen for the sixth-consecutive year, while defensive tackle Jay Ratliff was picked for a fourth-straight year. Both will be starters.
 
"It's a blessing anytime you get that that honor," Ratliff said. "I thank the fans, my peers here in the league, as well as the coaches, but right now my focus is on the Giants."
 
"The Pro Bowl is always about going out there and representing the Cowboys and representing your team and sort of being consistent," Ware said."I always talk about being consistent, and being consistent this long is always good. Making the Pro Bowl this year is always good."
 
There was a time when the Cowboys were the envy of the league, and it wasn't that long ago.

In 2007, they had a team-record 13 players make the Pro Bowl. But the focus this week is not on individual achievements. Instead it's on facing the Giants in the team’s biggest game of the year.
 
"It's all about the Giants right now, and that Pro Bowl stuff, to be honest, I hope we're not even playing in it," Ratliff said. "[I hope] we don't even go. We're looking for that other bowl."

Players in the Super Bowl do not play in the Pro Bowl.
 
"This is a must win game or you're going to go home," Ware said. "That's just the way it goes. If you want to keep playing, you've got to win."
 
Neither player, Ware or Ratliff, practiced on Wednesday, but both say they won't be sidelined for long.

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