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December 20, 2012

Anthony Spencer would love to be recognized with a Pro Bowl nod

The Cowboys have a handful of Pro Bowl hopefuls: tight end Jason Witten, kicker Dan Bailey, outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, receiver Dez Bryant and outside linebacker Anthony Spencer. Spencer arguably deserves it the most.

He has had a Pro Bowl-type season with a team-leading 92 tackles, 10 sacks, 24 quarterback pressures and two forced fumbles.

Players began voting on the Pro Bowl Thursday. Results will be announced Wednesday. 

"I’d be very happy," Spencer said Thursday. "I play this game to be good at it, and that just shows that I’m doing something right."

Spencer's pressures are down from last season -- from 31 to 24 -- but his sack numbers are up. He had six sacks last season, tying his career high, and he has 10 this season.

"I just know Anthony Spencer has played really well," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "He's played really well right from the start of the season in all phases of the game. He's a very good run defender. Somehow, someway, he affects the game, affects the quarterback with a sack, a tipped ball, an interception, something. He's always doing something that makes a positive impact on the ball game. As much as anything else, the spirit that he's playing with, how hard he's working in practice, all of those things, it's showing up on Sunday. He really has had an outstanding year for us."

Spencer, who is in his sixth season, doesn't feel like he is playing better than previous years. He said because his sack numbers are up, the perception of him has changed.

"It's just the pressures have turned into sacks," Spencer said.

Spencer is playing under the $8.8 million franchise tag this season. He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in the off-season. The franchise tag would cost the Cowboys more than $10 million, though they hope to sign Spencer to a long-term extension.

"I hope so," Spencer said coyly when asked whether he is coming back next season. "We'll see. I don't control that stuff, guys."

-- Charean Williams





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A guy who admits to taking off plays wants to be voted unto the Pro Bowl? Spencer...that's funny!....

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