The AFC won the 2005 Pro Bowl on Sunday, thanks to 3 touchdown passes by Peyton Manning and 2 scores from Hines Ward, including the first ever kickoff return for a touchdown on a spectacular onside kick recovery.
Marcus Washington, the lone Redskins representative, played solid football finishing with 2.5 tackles and a broken pass play.
Washington started well, garnering a half tackle on the opening kickoff. Then on the fifth play from scrimmage, Washington decked Tony Richardson to break up a Peyton Manning pass in the flat. Manning got his revenge in the second quarter however, when Antonio Gates beat him for a touchdown with 6:01 remaining in the first half.
The third quarter was relatively quiet for the 6-3, 247-pound Auburn product, but as the Redskin’s defense often did during the regular season, he woke up in the fourth quarter, as the AFC began to run the ball a bit more.
With 6:03 left in the game, Washington leveled LaDainian Tomlinson after a gain of 5 yards. Then with 3:33 left, he chased down Rudi Johnson after an 18 yard run.
In addition to the game-related activities, Washington brought his parents, his sister and his grandmother to Hawaii to enjoy the weather and his first career Pro Bowl.
Redskin Pro Bowl News and Notes
Peyton Manning became the first player since Joe Theismann (1983) to be named the league MVP and the Pro Bowl MVP in the same season.
Darrell Green participated in the legends game, and his speed paid dividends, including a long touchdown catch for team Marino, in which Green left his defender 5 yards behind him.
Green also participated in the preliminary rounds of the NFL’s Fastest Man competition, and event Green owned for four years of his career. The future Hall-of-Famer showed well, but fell to Allen Rossum of the Falcons in his heat.
While Marcus Washington was the only current Redskin in the Pro Bowl, there were several former Redskins in attendance:
David Akers, K, Philadelphia Eagles
Jeremiah Trotter, MLB, Philadelphia Eagles
Champ Bailey, CB, Denver Broncos
Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Scott Hurrey