Dec. 28 (Bloomberg) -- 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.
“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
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