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Some links following the Senior Bowl. And for those of you who didn't watch, Von Miller from Texas A&M was named the Defensive MVP, and Christian Ponder was named the Offensive MVP. As for Miller, who most of you know I would like to see wearing Cardinal Red next season, his stock is skyrocketing right now, and the Cardinals have already talked to him. It is starting to look like he could be our first round draft pick.

Now, lets hope that Fitz, Dockett, and A-Dub have a good game in the Pro Bowl for those of us who will watch the epic battle of Pro Bowl Alternates....

Cardinal WR Larry Fitzgerald has 3 TDs in 4 Pro Bowls - Goes for more Sunday - Phoenix Arizona Cardinals |
While this has been what many would call a "down-season" for the Arizona Cardinals, their perennial standout receiver Larry Fitzgerald will be returning to Hawaii for the fourth straight season as a member of the NFC Pro Bowl squad. He will be looking to build on his impressive Pro Bowl resume that includes three touchdowns in just four appearances.

Bang for the Buck: Which NFL teams get most, least out of their payroll expenditures? - ESPN
Cork-popping extravagance is out. Belt-tightening austerity is in. Following the Great Recession, doing more with less isn't simply a euphemistic corporate dictum. It's a way of life. And in these cost-conscious, productivity-first times, the sweetest letters in the alphabet have gone from VIP to ROI -- return on investment. So what about sports? news: South holds off late North charge to claim Senior Bowl win
Florida State's Christian Ponder threw two touchdown passes, including a clinching 23-yarder to TCU's Jeremy Kerley in the South's 24-10 Senior Bowl victory over the North on Saturday.

NFL Videos: Top Ten Super Bowls: Super Bowl XLIII
The Steelers outduel the Cardinals in the No. 1 Super Bowl of all time.

(Sorry for reminding all of you, I just thought it was interesting that this game got the #1 spot)

NFL Videos: Senior Bowl highlights
Find out who impressed in the 2011 Senior Bowl, where the South defeated the North 24-10.

NFL Videos: Senior Bowl standouts
Who were the stand out players in the Senior Bowl? "Total Access" breaks it down.

Pro Bowl Cheerleader Diary - Part 1
The Cardinals' Pro Bowl cheerleader gets her week started

Pro Bowl Cheerleader Diary - Part 2

Pro Bowl Cheerleader Diary, Part 3

Pro Bowl Cheerleader Diary Day 4

Former ASU QB Rudy Carpenter teaching some of the state's best
Rudy Carpenter never had a quarterback coach when he was growing up in Southern California. But he knows a racket when he sees one.

Jim Harbaugh on Alex Smith: "I’m excited to work with him" | ProFootballTalk
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has started to sit down and evaluate Alex Smith and the rest of the 49ers on film from last year. The more Harbaugh watches, the more it sounds like Smith — an impending free agent — could return to the team.

Cheerleaders bringing in cash for NFL teams - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Here is the ranking of the top teams that take the most monetary advantage of their cheerleaders. - Senior Bowl game notebook
With the 62nd rendition of college football's top all-star game in the books, here's what we saw during and heard after the South's 24-10 victory in the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl:

Senior Bowl 2011: Von Miller and 10 Players Who Helped Their NFL Draft Stock | Bleacher Report
The Senior Bowl for 2011 answered some pretty significant questions, none of which had anything to do with the 24-10 final score. - Blogs: Rap Sheet" Blog Archive " Senior Bowl rewind: Texas A&M OLB Von Miller wants to be the draft’s best defensive player
With half of the teams in the NFL running the 3-4 defense, outside linebackers with pass-rush ability and versatility are in demand. That’s what makes Texas A&M’s Von Miller all the more special. He’s got sick talent, anyway, and he’s coveted by a ton of teams. The consensus best player in Mobile wants to be the best player in the draft — period — and he’s drawing inspiration from former Chiefs star Derrick Thomas

Senior Bowl: South team wins, Ponder finally sets himself apart - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
If it's true that the NFL is now a passing league more than ever (and it is), the six quarterbacks practicing and playing during Senior Bowl week in Mobile, Alabama were a little late to the memo. In a senior class perhaps strongest on both sides of the line, the three North team quarterbacks (Washington's Jake Locker, Nevada's Colin Kaepernick, and Ricky Stanzi of Iowa) and the South team trio (Christian Ponder of Florida State, TCU's Andy Dalton, and Alabama's Greg McElroy) went through the week of practice with a hodge-podge of occasional efficiency and frustrating inaccuracy.

Reggie Wayne: We realized this season that Peyton is not immortal | ProFootballTalk
A year ago Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and receiver Reggie Wayne were preparing for the Super Bowl, but this year they have to settle for the Pro Bowl. And Wayne said the Colts’ struggles in 2010 helped him understand that Manning (who had a career-high 4,700 passing yards but also his most interceptions and lowest passer rating since 2002) isn’t perfect.

Hankerson, Ponder lead the way in Senior Bowl win | ProFootballTalk
All week at the Senior Bowl, I heard that the North team had most of the first-round talent. It certainly didn’t look that way Saturday as Chan Gailey’s South squad beat Marvin Lewis’ North team 24-10 on Saturday.

2011 Senior Bowl game winners - Mocking The Draft
The South won the Senior Bowl over the North 24-10 today, but the final outcome isn't really the point. Players were there to impress NFL personnel. While the practices during the week are vastly more importantly, some players are simply better on game day. news: Boise State's Young among prospects helping draft stock
After taking an extended look at the talented crop of offensive linemen for the North and South the first few days here, it's time to see what other prospects are making a name for themselves at the Senior Bowl. news: Standout LB Miller shows college stats translate to pro potential
Given the substantial impact that the Senior Bowl plays in the evaluation process, let's take a look at some players that have helped themselves this week:

2011 Senior Bowl: NFL Draft Stock Up For Christian Ponder, Leonard Hankerson -
Two players who were bitter rivals in their collegiate careers headlined the 2011 Senior Bowl's list of players who may have gotten a boost with a good game.

Hall of Fame voters may have fierce debate on Ed Sabol | ProFootballTalk
No one disputes that NFL Films has had an enormous impact on the National Football League. But not everyone believes that enormous impact means NFL Films founder Ed Sabol deserves a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Texas-sized nightmare scenario for Cowboys - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Back in May 2007, when NFL owners voted to stage Super Bowl XLV in the Dallas Cowboys’ yet-to-be-constructed stadium, executive vice president Stephen Jones looked ahead excitedly to the week when he’d welcome the football world to North Texas.