ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 21: Miles Austin #19 of the Dallas Cowboys scores a third quarter touchdown on a 3 yard pass from Jon Kitna #3 and celebrates with the fans during the game at Dallas Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Lions 35-19. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Miles Austin
With the Philadelphia Eagles’ DeSean Jackson recovering from a knee injury, the Dallas Cowboys’ Miles Austin will head to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive season this week; Austin is the first Cowboys’ receiver since Michael Irvin to appear in consecutive Pro Bowls--Irvin went to five straight between 1991 and 1995--and though he got in as a replacement, Austin’s not going to split hairs over the honor.
"Heading to hawaii... Got in through the back door but I ain't complaining!" Austin Tweeted on Thursday.
The breakout star of the 2009 season was unable to match the success of last year, when he recorded 81 receptions for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns, but certainly wasn’t bad considering the added attention from opposing defenses.
Austin caught 69 passes for 1,041 yards and seven touchdowns in 2010. After the injury to Jackson, these numbers were good enough for Austin’s second career Pro Bowl appearance, and for the recognition, he is thankful.
“It’s great anytime you can represent the NFC,” Austin said, per ESPN Dallas. “It shows from the fans, teammates, players, coaches kind of who they want to be there. I’ll never complain for showing up out there.”
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