Six Eagles were named to the NFC's Pro Bowl roster last night, the most since they sent 10 players to the game during the year they went to their last Super Bowl.

And still the Eagles felt as though the list was at least one name short.

Sheldon Brown, despite having arguably the best year of his career, was left off the roster, disappointing the cornerback and his teammates.

"It will kind of mess with you, but it's something you can't control," Brown said after being told by coach Andy Reid via voice mail that he was a second alternate.

The NFL says the voting is divided evenly among players, coaches, and fans.

The six players who got much better news were cornerback Asante Samuel, wide receiver DeSean Jackson, left tackle Jason Peters, fullback Leonard Weaver, defensive end Trent Cole, and kicker David Akers.

Samuel, Jackson, Peters and Weaver were all named as starters for the Jan. 31 game in Miami. Cole is a reserve.

Minnesota has the most Pro Bowlers with eight, while the Eagles, Dallas, and Indianapolis all have six.

The Eagles also have six Pro Bowl alternates, including Brown. Quarterback Donovan McNabb is a first alternate, tight end Brent Celek is a second alternate, safety Quintin Mikell is a third alternate, and defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley and guard Todd Herremans are fourth alternates.

Akers had the strongest opinion on the omission of Brown.

"I think Sheldon is one of the most underappreciated players in the NFL, to be quite honest with you," Akers said. "I think he's a stud. He'll knock your block off and he's always where he's supposed to be in coverage.

"I think Sheldon not only on the field but off it shows what kind of professional you should be. He's very, very deserving of the Pro Bowl, if not all-pro in my opinion."

The NFC cornerbacks joining Samuel, whose nine interceptions are tied for the league lead, are Green Bay's Charles Woodson, who has returned two of his eight interceptions for touchdowns, and Arizona's Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who has six interceptions.

Brown has a career high of five interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown. He also has a fumble return for a touchdown.

Jackson, in just his second NFL season, became the first player ever voted in as both a starting offensive player and a special-teams returner, according to the NFL Network.

Though he is only 11th in receiving yards with 1,120, Jackson's 18.7-yard average per catch is the best in the NFL. His 12 touchdowns - nine receiving, one rushing, and two on punt returns - are tied for second in the league.

"Definitely, putting in all the hard work of being a wide receiver and also having the explosiveness to be a punt returner, it is something I've been blessed with," Jackson said. "It's definitely a great opportunity to go out there and make it at both positions."

Weaver was selected for his first Pro Bowl and admitted the timing was good because he will be either a restricted or unrestricted free agent after this season, depending upon whether a new collective-bargaining agreement is in place.

Either way, a Pro Bowl selection can't hurt negotiations. Weaver also had a Pro Bowl bonus in the one-year contract he signed with the Eagles this season.

"To get a Pro Bowl under your belt, it does help your resume quite a bit," Weaver said. "But it's something you don't think about when you're playing because you're focused on what you have to do throughout the week."

Weaver said that whatever kind of free agent he is after the season, he wants to remain with the Eagles. He said there had been no negotiations yet with the team on an extension.

Akers, who leads all NFL kickers in field goals with 32 and points with 139, is going to his fourth Pro Bowl but his first since 2005, when he was part of the Eagles' Super Bowl team that lost to New England.

"Honestly, right now, it feels better than the first one," Akers said. "I really feel blessed to be voted by the coaches and my peers to go back. To now have four Pro Bowls under Coach Reid, it's one of those things where I'll forever bleed green."

Cole, whose 121/2 sacks rank fifth in the NFL, will back up Minnesota's Jared Allen and Carolina's Julius Peppers.

"My next goal is to be a starter," said Cole, who played in the 2008 Pro Bowl after being added as an alternate.

Peters, in his first season with the Eagles, was selected for the Pro Bowl for the third straight year. He had been on the AFC roster the last two seasons.

His selection may have surprised some, but the left-tackle position is not strong in the NFC. The other starting tackle is Minnesota's Bryant McKinnie, who was benched in the middle of the Vikings' loss to Carolina two weeks ago.

Samuel is also making his third straight Pro Bowl appearance, and his second with the Eagles.

Contact staff writer Bob Brookover at 215-854-2577 or bbrookover@phillynews.com.