FOXBOROUGH (AP) - Matthew Slater is humbled by his second straight
Pro Bowl selection.
Just don't send him an airplane ticket to the game in Honolulu a week before
the Super Bowl.
One day after being chosen for the Pro Bowl, the New England Patriots'
special teams captain said Thursday he'd rather be eating gumbo in New Orleans
than pineapple in Hawaii.
The championship game is scheduled for Feb. 3 in New Orleans. Slater would
rather be preparing for that than playing in the Pro Bowl.
The Patriots (11-4) have clinched the AFC East title and can finish in any
of the top four spots in the conference seedings. They end the regular season
Sunday at home against the Miami Dolphins (7-8).