Patriots and 49ers Have Eight Players Each Picked for NFL’s 2012 Pro Bowl

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will lead the National Football Conference Pro Bowl team against the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady and the American Football Conference.

The Pro Bowl will be played Jan. 29 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, one week before the National Football League’s Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

The Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers each had eight Pro Bowl selections this year, while the Baltimore Ravens and the Super Bowl champion Packers each had seven selections.

In addition to Brady, the Patriots’ selections are Andre Carter, Rob Gronkowski, Logan Mankins, Matthew Slater, Brian Waters, Wes Welker and Vince Wilfork.

The AFC roster has 13 first-time Pro Bowl picks, including the Cincinnati Bengals’ A.J. Green -- the first rookie wide receiver selected since Anquan Boldin in 2003. Fifteen NFC players are competing in their first Pro Bowl, including three from the Chicago Bears, Packers and 49ers.

Three New York Jets were chosen: cornerback Darrelle Revis was selected as a starter, with center Nick Mangold and offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson as alternates.

The New York Giants will send two players to the game, both as alternates -- quarterback Eli Manning and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.

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Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers.

“When you make it to the Pro Bowl it’s because your team, the offensive line, my receivers are doing a great job protecting me, getting open, making plays,” Manning said in a statement. “Considering some of the other quarterbacks in the NFC who have had outstanding seasons, I’m really thrilled and truly honored to be named to the Pro Bowl team.”

The NFC defeated the AFC 55-41 last season in the Pro Bowl. The 2012 game is the 42nd between the AFC and NFC All-Stars, with the NFC leading the series 21-20.

Under terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each player on the winning Pro Bowl team receives $50,000, while each player on the losing squad earns $25,000.

                          AFC Starters
                          ============

                            Offense
Wide Receivers
Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh
Wes Welker, New England

Tackles
Jake Long, Miami
Joe Thomas, Cleveland

Guards
Logan Mankins, New England
Brian Waters, New England

Center
Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh

Tight End
Rob Gronkowski, New England

Quarterback
Tom Brady, New England

Running Back
Ray Rice, Baltimore

Fullback
Vonta Leach, Baltimore

                            Defense

Ends
Andre Carter, New England
Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis

Interior Linemen
Haloti Ngata, Baltimore
Vince Wilfork, New England

Outside Linebackers
Terrell Suggs, Baltimore
Von Miller, Denver

Inside Linebacker
Ray Lewis, Baltimore

Cornerbacks
Champ Bailey, Denver
Darrelle Revis, New York Jets

Strong Safety
Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh

Free Safety
Ed Reed, Baltimore

                            Specialists

Punter
Shane Lechler, Oakland

Placekicker
Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland

Kick Return Specialist
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

Special Teamer
Matthew Slater, New England

                           NFC Starters
                           ============

                             Offense

Wide Receivers
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona
Calvin Johnson, Detroit

Tackles
Jason Peters, Philadelphia
Joe Staley, San Francisco

Guards
Jahri Evans, New Orleans
Carl Nicks, New Orleans

Center
Ryan Kalil, Carolina

Tight End
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans

Quarterback
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay

Running Back
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia

Fullback
John Kuhn, Green Bay

                             Defense

Defensive Ends
Jared Allen, Minnesota
Jason Babin, Philadelphia

Interior Linemen
Jay Ratliff, Dallas
Justin Smith, San Francisco

Outside Linebackers
Clay Matthews, Green Bay
DeMarcus Ware, Dallas

Inside Linebacker
Patrick Willis, San Francisco

Cornerbacks
Carlos Rogers, San Francisco
Charles Woodson, Green Bay

Strong Safety
Adrian Wilson, Arizona

Free Safety
Earl Thomas, Seattle

                             Specialists

Punter
Andy Lee, San Francisco

Placekicker
David Akers, San Francisco

Kick Return Specialist
Patrick Peterson, Arizona

Special Teamer
Corey Graham, Chicago

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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