Some links to start your morning.
He's the reason there's still football in Seattle, and his wealth and commitment to the organization has helped keep the team competitive. Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen tops the NFL's billionaire club, worth a reported $16 billion, and tops Forbes list of the most influential owners in the league.
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Walter Jones is headed to the Pro Bowl for an eighth straight trip, and ninth overall. Linebacker Julian Peterson and fullback Leonard Weaver are selected as alternates.
Kicker Olindo Mare is perhaps Seattle's MVP in the team's surprisingly dismal season.
A good read from USA Today's Jim Corbett on Thomas Jones, the older brother of Seahaawks' running back Julius Jones, and the work ethic that was instilled in him by his parents, who worked in the dangerous coal mining industry in Southwest Virginia.
Just as the Seahawks have struggled on East Coast trips, the Jets are 0-3 playing on the West Coast this season, reports Eric Boland of Newsday.
Vic Carucci of NFL.com provides his list of Pro Bowl snubs.
Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News says that even though Brett Favre made the Pro Bowl, he has struggled that last few games and needs to get better quick if New York wants to advance to the playoffs.
Brian Costello of the New York Post shares similar thoughts.
San Francisco 49ers
Nancy Gay of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that linebacker Patrick Willis is the only 49er headed to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. San Francisco kick returner Allen Rossum, special teams player Michael Robinson, punter Andy Lee and tight end Vernon Davis.
Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News reports that ex-49er defensive lineman Bryant Young endorses Mike Singletary to remain as the team's head coach.
Quarterback Kurt Warner and receivers Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald lead a cast of five Cardinals headed to the Pro Bowl, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com also chimes in on Arizona's Pro Bowl selections.
Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says it's the most players Arizona has sent to the Pro Bowl since 1977.
St. Louis Rams
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that inside sources from the Rams organization say they will proceed with a broad search for a new head coach during the offseason, with current coach Jim Haslett as one of the candidates.
Post-Dispatch columnist Bryan Burwell says the fact that a football man, Rams executive Billy Devaney, is reportedly in charge of the search, is good news for St. Louis fans.
Post-Dispatch reporters discuss the hot commodities in the coaching ranks.
The Rams will have no players in the Pro Bowl, but feel punter Donnie Jones got snubbed.