Redskins' Albright gets Pro Bowl invitation

ASHBURN, Va. -- The Red Snapper is going to Hawaii.

Ethan Albright, the Washington Redskins long snapper best known for his bright red hair and the fact he hasn't messed up a snap in ages, was selected Thursday for the NFC team for the Pro Bowl on Feb. 10 in Honolulu.

"I really didn't think I'd ever be going," said Albright, a 12-year NFL veteran.

Albright will join tight end Chris Cooley and left tackle Chris Samuels as Redskins representatives. All three will wear jersey No. 21 during the game to pay tribute to former Washington safety Sean Taylor, who died Nov. 27 and was posthumously voted as a starter.

The long snapper position isn't subject to Pro Bowl voting, so the coaching staffs for each team have to select a snapper if there isn't one among the linemen already chosen. Green Bay's staff will coach the NFC, and Packers special teams coordinator Mike Stock held the same position when Albright joined the Redskins in 2001.

"They need a long snapper," Albright said. "Mike Stott is the one who brought me to Washington, and he thought of me."

Albright won't say the last time he had an errant snap, but all have been on target during his seven seasons in Washington.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

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