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Pontbriand Hawaii-bound

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 28, 2009

For the second consecutive season, Browns long snapper Ryan Pontbriand earned a spot in the Pro Bowl as the AFC's need player.

A fifth-round pick out of Rice in 2003, Pontbriand helped kicker Phil Dawson set a Browns' single-season record with 30 field goals in '08, surpassing Matt Stover's 29 in 1995. Dawson also hit a career-long 56-yard field goal for the game-winner at Buffalo. Punter Dave Zastudil, a seven-year veteran, recorded career bests in average (45.5) and net average (39.4).

"This is the ultimate recognition of performance for a position that receives so few accolades,'' Pontbriand said in a statement. ''I'm extremely excited to spend some time in Hawaii with my teammates, my wife Nicole, and my brand new daughter, Avery."

The Browns will also be represented in the Feb. 8 game in Honolulu by defensive tackle Shaun Rogers and left tackle Joe Thomas. Joshua Cribbs remains first alternate at two spots, return specialist and special teams utility player.

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