Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/27/12

CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 08: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers breaks free from Geno Atkins of the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 8, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Steelers defeated the Bengals 27-21. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Geno Atkins gets a lot of attention every time an opponent watches film trying to figure out how to contain the Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle. His first selection as a Pro Bowl starter shows what they think of him. The undersized lineman is considered one of the NFL's best. The third-year player was chosen as a Pro Bowl starter on Wednesday, his first such honor. He was an alternate last season. He and receiver A.J. Green were voted as starters, while four other Bengals are alternates. There wasn't much talk about the 6-foot-1 Atkins when the Bengals took him in the fourth round in 2010. He leads all NFL interior linemen with 19 1/2 sacks over the last two seasons, including 12 1/2 this year. ''I want to get better and show the world that even though I am 6-foot-1, 300 pounds, I can still be the best,'' Atkins said. His size worked against him when he came out of Georgia. The NFL prefers taller linemen with longer arms. Atkins has learned how to use his size to his advant...
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