Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos was selected to the National Football League’s Pro Bowl for the 12th time in his career, surpassing Brett Favre for the most career invitations to the All-Star game for a quarterback.
Manning, 36, has passed for 4,355 yards, 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions during his first season in Denver after 14 years with the Indianapolis Colts. He returns to the Pro Bowl after sitting out last season following neck fusion surgery.
Manning was among 84 players selected yesterday for the Jan. 27 Pro Bowl, which pits the American Football Conference against the National Football Conference in Honolulu the week before the Super Bowl. Only four players in NFL history have made more Pro Bowl appearances, with former offensive lineman Bruce Matthews holding the record of 14 from 1988 to 2001.
“It’s a tremendous honor and I am very humbled to receive this recognition,” said Manning, who has led the Broncos to 10 straight wins. “Being voted to the Pro Bowl by your opponents, their coaches and, of course, the fans means a great deal to me, especially when you consider how many other quarterbacks in the AFC are having outstanding seasons.”
Manning is joined on the AFC roster by quarterbacks Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and Matt Schaub of the Houston Texans. The Texans had eight players selected to the AFC squad, including defensive end J.J. Watt, a first-time representative who leads the NFL with 20 1/2 sacks this season.
Brady is among seven Patriots on the AFC team, while the Baltimore Ravens have six selections, followed by the Broncos with five. Manning and Denver cornerback Champ Bailey are the ninth and 10th players in NFL history with 12 Pro Bowl trips.
The San Francisco 49ers had a league-best nine players picked for the NFC roster.
While the AFC will have seven first-time representatives, the NFC roster has 17, including Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is the NFC’s starting quarterback for the second straight season, with Griffin and Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons as backups. Rodgers leads the NFL with a 106.2 passer rating.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who has an NFL-best 1,898 rushing yards, is joined on the NFC squad by Marshawn Lynch of the Seahawks and Frank Gore of the 49ers.
Arian Foster of the Texans is the AFC’s starting running back, with Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs and Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens as backups.
Victor Cruz of the New York Giants was selected to his first Pro Bowl and he’s joined at wide receiver on the NFC team by the Detroit Lions’ Calvin Johnson, Atlanta’s Julio Jones and Brandon Marshall of the Chicago Bears.
The AFC’s receivers are Andre Johnson of the Texans, A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals, Reggie Wayne of the Colts and Wes Welker of the Patriots.
Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez was selected to the Pro Bowl for the 13th time in his career, joining Jerry Rice and Reggie White for the second-most appearances behind Matthews.
The All-Star series between the teams is tied at 21-21 after the AFC’s 59-41 win last season. Each player on the winning team will receive $50,000, with those on the losing squad get $25,000, under terms of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement.
AFC ROSTER Offense ======= QUARTERBACKS Tom Brady, New England Peyton Manning, Denver Matt Schaub, Houston RUNNING BACKS Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Arian Foster, Houston Ray Rice, Baltimore
FULLBACK Vonta Leach, BaltimoreTIGHT ENDS Rob Gronkowski, New England Heath Miller, Pittsburgh WIDE RECEIVERS A.J. Green, Cincinnati Andre Johnson, Houston Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Wes Welker, New England TACKLES Duane Brown, Houston Ryan Clady, Denver Joe Thomas, Cleveland GUARDS Logan Mankins, New England Wade Smith, Houston Marshal Yanda, Baltimore
CENTERS Chris Myers, Houston Maurkice Pouncey, PittsburghDefense ======= ENDS Elvis Dumervil, Denver Cameron Wake, Miami J.J. Watt, Houston INTERIOR LINEMAN Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Haloti Ngata, Baltimore Vince Wilfork, New England OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS Tamba Hali, Kansas City Robert Mathis, Indianapolis Von Miller, Denver INSIDE/MIDDLE LINEBACKERS Derrick Johnson, Kansas City Jerod Mayo, New England CORNERBACKS Champ Bailey, Denver Antonio Cromartie, New York Jets Johnathan Joseph, Houston STRONG SAFETIES Eric Berry, Kansas City LaRon Landry, New York Jets
FREE SAFETY Ed Reed, BaltimoreSpecialists =========== PUNTER Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City
PLACEKICKER Phil Dawson, ClevelandKICK RETURN SPECIALIST Jacoby Jones, Baltimore
SPECIAL TEAMER Matthew Slater, New EnglandNFC ROSTER Offense ======= QUARTERBACKS Robert Griffin III, Washington Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Matt Ryan, Atlanta RUNNING BACKS Frank Gore, San Francisco Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
FULLBACK Jerome Felton, MinnesotaTIGHT ENDS Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Jason Witten, Dallas WIDE RECEIVERS Victor Cruz, New York Giants Calvin Johnson, Detroit Julio Jones, Atlanta Brandon Marshall, Chicago TACKLES Russell Okung, Seattle Joe Staley, San Francisco Trent Williams, Washington GUARDS Jahri Evans, New Orleans Mike Iupati, San Francisco Chris Snee, New York Giants
CENTERS Jeff Saturday, Green Bay Max Unger, SeattleDefense ======= DEFENSIVE ENDS Jared Allen, Minnesota Julius Peppers, Chicago Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants INTERIOR LINEMEN Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay Henry Melton, Chicago Justin Smith, San Francisco OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS Clay Matthews, Green Bay Aldon Smith, San Francisco DeMarcus Ware, Dallas INSIDE/MIDDLE LINEBACKERS NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco Patrick Willis, San Francisco CORNERBACKS Tim Jennings, Chicago Patrick Peterson, Arizona Charles Tillman, Chicago
STRONG SAFETY Donte Whitner, San FranciscoFREE SAFETIES Dashon Goldson, San Francisco Earl Thomas, Seattle
Specialists =========== PUNTER Thomas Morstead, New OrleansPLACEKICKER Blair Walsh, Minnesota
KICK RETURN SPECIALIST Leon Washington, SeattleSPECIAL TEAMER Lorenzo Alexander, Washington