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Dalton hopes Pro Bowl doesn't go away

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--With reports that the Pro Bowl could be in jeopardy, one player who would like to see it continue is quarterback Andy Dalton, who played in this past season's game.

"It's something as a kid you watch and think you want to play in. Getting an opportunity this year it was a lot of fun," Dalton said. "It kind of gives you a chance to relax and enjoy yourself and you get to be around other guys that you aren't around all the time.

"I hope it doesn't go away."

This past February's game, won by the AFC 59-41, was widely panned for its poor play. At some points the game seemed like it was going the speed of a practice during training camp.

When asked how hard guys were playing in the game, Dalton said: "I don't think you saw the receivers going any slower than they normally would. The pass rush is obviously lacking quite a bit but as a quarterback you like that. It's not like a normal game. Guys don't want to get hurt when you are enjoying the time out there."

--One of the better feel-good stories of the draft was the Bengals selecting Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu in the third round. On the first day of the draft, Sanu got a prank call from what ended up being a Rutgers student saying he had been drafted in the first round.

"Thank God," when asked about his feelings about going to Cincinnati. "I got a voice mail with a 513 area code and then coach (James) Urban called me and I had the number in his phone and he asked me, 'Are you ready to be a Bengal for real this time?' and I said of course, I'm ready to go."

--Second-round pick Devon Still is the third member of his family to play in the NFL. His cousins, Art Still and Levon Kirkland, earned All-Pro honors during their careers and head coach Marvin Lewis coached Kirkland when he was an assistant with the Steelers.

Growing up as a Steelers fan, Still already had a base of knowledge about the Bengals defense he was joining.

"Every time I saw them their defense caused the other team problems," Still said. "Just to be a man on the defense and rotation hopefully I can give them what they need to get them to the Super Bowl."

--The Brown family has a long tradition with Ohio State, but it had not translated into recent drafts. When they took running back Dan "Boom" Herron in the sixth round, it marked the first time since 1994 that they had drafted a Buckeye. That year they took Dan Wilkinson with the first overall pick and Jeff Cothran in the third round.

He is the 16th player from Ohio State to be drafted by the team.

"I think it's going to be great competition, and that's what you want. That's what this is. It's play-for-pay, not pay-for-play. That's how you win. We have a lot of work to do. Now we have to go coach them and go compete." - Coach Marvin Lewis on the draft and roster competition.

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