- The Washington Times - Friday, December 15, 2000

The Baltimore Ravens will send five players to the Pro Bowl, the second-most among AFC teams.

Tackle Jonathan Ogden, middle linebacker Ray Lewis, free safety Rod Woodson, defensive tackle Sam Adams and kicker Matt Stover will represent the 10-4, playoff-bound Ravens. The AFC Central-leading Tennessee Titans had the most players selected in the AFC with eight.

Ogden and Lewis, the first two draft choices in team history, are going to the Pro Bowl for the fourth consecutive year. This is Woodson's ninth Pro Bowl in a 14-year career, but only his second as a safety. Last season Woodson became the first player to make the game as a cornerback, kick returner and safety.

Adams and Stover are going for the first time. Adams, who was signed as a free agent from the Seattle Seahawks, has been a huge contributor to the Ravens' top-rated defense with 59 stops and four forced fumbles. Stover is the league's top scorer with a career-high 122 points. He is 32-for-35 on field goals this season.

"I'm happy for the players who made the team, but disappointed some others didn't get the recognition that comes with making the Pro Bowl," Ravens coach Brian Billick said in a prepared statement. "When you have a defense like ours, you have a lot of outstanding contributors to your success. It's good that Ray, Rod and Sam made it. [Michael] McCrary almost made the team again, and I'm surprised Rob Burnett didn't get more attention. He certainly is having a Pro Bowl season."

McCrary, the Ravens' right defensive end, and tight end Shannon Sharpe were voted first alternates. For either to see action, a player selected in front of them would have to be unable to play.

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