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When the NFL Pro Bowl kicks off Sunday night, Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez will add to his already long list of accomplishments in his 15-year career.

The future Hall of Famer will be playing in his 11th career Pro Bowl, tied for the third-most since 1970. He'll be joined by Denver CB Champ Bailey, also at the Pro Bowl, with that honor. Hall of Fame G Randall McDaniel and 14-year Kansas City G Will Shields head the list with 12 Pro Bowl appearances.

Gonzalez is one of two Falcons representatives on hand in Hawaii this week for the all-star game. Wide receiver Roddy White was added to the roster earlier this month when Detroit WR Calvin Johnson pulled out of the game due to an injury.

The Falcons TE finished second in the NFC voting to the Saints' Jimmy Graham and looks to add to more records than just appearances. He's the all-time career leader in Pro Bowl touchdowns, receptions and receiving yards. His 80 reception season with 875 yards and seven touchdowns earned him his 11th Pro Bowl honor.

White is making his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl appearance on the heels of setting the Falcons franchise record with career receiving yards this season. He ended the year with 100 catches for 1,296 yards and eight touchdowns. His reception total put him in second place for most catches this year and first in the NFC, the second straight year he's accomplished that. His 2011 season made him the eighth player in NFL history with five consecutive seasons with at least 80 catches and 1,000 yards.

The 2012 Pro Bowl will air at 7 p.m. Sunday night on NBC.

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