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For these five players, it's only a matter of time

Overlooked for the Pro Bowl mostly because they play on losing teams, these five rising stars won't be kept out of Hawaii for much longer.

Originally Published: December 20, 2007
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis really is an anomaly. He's a rookie on a losing team and he's actually earned a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Usually, it takes a lot for a first-year player to make his way to Hawaii. But to do it on a squad that is 4-10? Well, all Willis must do is ask Houston Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans about the difficulty of that feat. Ryans didn't even make last season's all-star game after winning defensive rookie of the year honors.

Willis' ...

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