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Gonzalez gets Pro Bowl nod

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Going to the Pro Bowl isn't getting old for Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez in part because it proves he's not too old.

Gonzalez, 36, was voted to his 13th Pro Bowl team on Wednesday. He said this year's honour might mean more than the others.

"Because the older you get the more people start to doubt you," he said. "Just because of human nature. 'You are getting old, there is no way you can move around like you used to.' I've been hearing that. 'Oh, he's lost a step, he's not as fast as he used to be.' "It's nice to go out there and play well and tell them, 'What do you got to say now?' That's part of the fun is proving people wrong."

As Gonzalez's career winds down, Julio Jones is just getting started.

Atlanta's second-year wide receiver earned his first Pro Bowl selection. He said he's helped by playing in a high-powered offence that also features Pro Bowl selection QB Matt Ryan.

"It's a great honour but I didn't get there by myself," Jones said. "Matt is doing a great job looking for me giving me an opportunity to go down field and catch the ball."

-- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 30, 2012 B4

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