December 16, 2008

Michael Roos Selected for Pro Bowl

Dec. 16, 2008

Former Eastern Washington University offensive tackle Michael Roos and five of his Tennessee Titans teammates were rewarded for owning the NFL’s best record at 12-2 by being named Tuesday (Dec. 16) to the 2009 Pro Bowl. The game will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Sunday, Feb. 8 and televised by NBC.

A reserve who is the first-ever Eastern player to be selected to play in the game, Roos will be making his first Pro Bowl appearance after giving up only one sack all season.

Among the many former Eagles who have played in the NFL, none have ever been invited to the Pro Bowl. However, Kurt Schulz (Buffalo Bills) was an alternate in 2001 and both he and Ed Simmons (Washington Redskins) earned all-division accolades during their 10- and 11-year NFL careers, respectively.

Roos has started every game in four seasons as a Titan after earning NCAA Football Championship Subdivision All-America honors and Lineman of the Year accolades as an Eagle senior in 2004. Recently, Paul Zimmerman from Sports Illustrated selected Roos to his mid-season All-Pro team.

The 6-foot-7, 315 pound Roos is part of an offensive line that has allowed an NFL-low eight sacks in 2008. He has played a key role in opening holes for the league’s fifth-ranked rushing attack that features Pro Bowler Chris Johnson (1,159 yards, 8 TDs) and LenDale White (700 yards), who is tied for second in the league with 14 rushing touchdowns.

Roos, a second-round pick out of Eastern Washington in 2005, has started 62 consecutive regular season games at tackle for the Titans. He played a key role in Tennessee’s franchise-record 332 rushing yards in Week 7 at Kansas City.

Including 35 starts to end his EWU career, Roos enters Tennessee's pivotal home game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 21 having made 114 consecutive starts as an offensive tackle. His last 79 starts have come as a Titan (one AFC playoff game, 62 regular season games and 16 pre-season contests).

Tennessee’s six players represent the team’s most Pro Bowlers since 2000 when the Titans sent a franchise-record nine Pro Bowlers to Honolulu.

Three starters, including defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, center Kevin Mawae and cornerback Cortland Finnegan will be joined by three reserves -- Johnson, Roos and safety Chris Hope — at the NFL’s annual all-star game.

Haynesworth, Johnson and Mawae captured the fan voting, which counted one-third towards the overall ballot. Voting from coaches and players made up the remainder of the ballot.

The Complete List of Pro Bowl Selections may be found at:
http://www.nfl.com

Zimmerman’s complete mid-season All-Pro team may be found at:
http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1148269/index.htm
 

Michael Roos – Offensive Tackle – 2001-02-03-04
Drafted in the 2nd round (41st pick overall) by Tennessee in the 2005 NFL Draft.

Since becoming a Tennessee Titan, Roos has started 62-consecutive regular season games for Tennessee. In addition to one AFC Playoff game (following the 2007 season), 16 preseason games and 35 starts to end his EWU career, he has a current streak of 111-straight starts heading into a pivotal Dec. 21 game between the 12-2 Titans and the Pittsburgh Steelers. In November 2008, Roos was selected to the mid-season NFL All-Pro team selected by Sports Illustrated and writer Paul Zimmerman.

Roos returned to the Cheney area on March 10, 2007, to host the Michael Roos Foundation Dinner, Sports Auction and Poker Tournament at the Pend Oreille Pavilion at Northern Quest Casino. Proceeds benefited the Michael Roos Foundation, which supports local nonprofit organizations, including the Eagle Athletic Association. The second-annual event took place on March 1, 2008.

In May 2008, Roos signed a six-year, $43 million contract extension with the Titans. Roos helped the Titans go from a 4-12 record as a rookie in 2005 to an 8-8 mark in 2006 as the Titans just missed the playoffs. In 2007, the Titans finished 10-6 and advanced to the NFL Playoffs for the first time since 2003. Tennessee won its final three regular season games in 2007, including a 16-10 victory over defending Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis on the final day of the regular season. Roos started his 96th-consecutive game when the Titans lost in the first round to San Diego on Jan. 6, 2008. Earlier in the season, Roos helped the Titans rush for a club-record 282 yards in a 13-10 win over Jacksonville.

Drafted in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft (41st pick overall), Roos started all 16 games as a rookie at right tackle for the Titans. The following season, Roos moved to left tackle when 13 year-veteran Brad Hopkins retired in the off-season. Roos started all 16 games at left tackle as he helped the Tennessee rushing attack rank third in the AFC and fifth in the NFL with 2,214 rushing yards, while posting a franchise record 4.7-average yards per carry for the season. Roos also helped pave the way for running back Travis Henry to rush for 1,211 yards and Vince Young to become the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to exceed 500 rushing yards.

Said Titans General Manager Floyd Reese at the end of the 2005 season: "He showed the versatility to play both left or right, and very seldom are you going to find a lot of guys like that. That is quite a bill to fill."

Roos became the highest draft choice in school history when Tennessee selected him in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He was the 41st selection overall, the third offensive tackle selected and the first FCS player taken. In addition, he was the first Big Sky Conference player selected and the highest since 1989.

At the time he was drafted, Roos had played just six seasons of football, starting as a senior at Mountain View High School in fall 1999. He moved to the United States from Estonia in 1992. He came to Eastern as a tight end, played one season on the defensive line and then started 35-straight Eagle games at left offensive tackle.

As a senior in 2004, he earned five different All-America honors and was the I-AA.Org Lineman of the Year after helping Eastern to a 9-4 record and the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs. Roos played in a pair of prestigious college all-star games – the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl – and was also invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

 

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