Pro Bowl Teams Announced
The Pro Bowl selections have been announced.
Arizona's Kurt Warner is the starting quarterback for the NFC. He'll be backed up by Drew Brees of New Orleans and Eli Manning of the New York Giants.
The AFC starter at quarterback is Peyton Manning of Indianapolis. He is to be backed up by Brett Favre of the New York Jets and Jay Cutler of Denver.
The Mannings are the first brothers ever selected to the same Pro Bowl as quarterbacks.
For Warner, it's his first Pro Bowl selection since 2001 when he was with St. Louis.
The most notable snub at quarterback could be Miami's Chad Pennington. He is the league's fourth-rated passer and is a most valuable player candidate, helping the Dolphins to become playoff contenders a year after a one-win season. But Pennington, released by the Jets before the season when they traded for Favre, was passed over along with the NFL's two top-rated passers, Philip Rivers of San Diego and Tony Romo of Dallas.
Peyton Manning gets the start despite being only the NFL's 10th-rated passer. He underwent knee surgery before the season and he and the Colts started slowly, but they've won seven straight games. Favre has engineered the Jets' turnaround, but has thrown 17 interceptions and is only the league's 15th-rated passer.
At running back, Minnesota's Adrian Peterson was named the starter for the NFC and is to be backed up by Atlanta's Michael Turner and Clinton Portis of Washington. In the AFC, the Jets' Thomas Jones is the starter and the backups are Tennessee rookie Chris Johnson and the Dolphins' Ronnie Brown.
Carolina's DeAngelo Williams is the NFL's fourth-leading rusher and failed to make the NFC team. But he was behind the league's top three rushers in Peterson, Turner and Portis.
Both of Warner's wide receivers in Arizona, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, were named starters for the NFC. Randy Moss was left off the AFC squad in favor of Patriots teammate Wes Welker and the Colts' Reggie Wayne, the Broncos' Brandon Marshall and Houston's Andre Johnson. Marshall and Johnson are the starters.
Pittsburgh's league-leading defense gets two starters on the AFC team, linebacker James Harrison and safety Troy Polamalu. Baltimore also has two defensive starters on the AFC squad, linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed, and Tennessee has two, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and cornerback Cortland Finnegan.
The Giants have six Pro Bowlers following their Super Bowl triumph last season. Eli Manning makes his first career Pro Bowl and is joined by guard Chris Snee, center Shaun O'Hara, defensive end Justin Tuck, punter Jeff Feagles and kicker John Carney.
Carney is the oldest Pro Bowler in history, at age 44. He was to be a temporary fill-in for injured Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes but performed so well that the team kept both kickers on the roster, and usually went with Carney on game days. Carney last made the Pro Bowl in 1994, also setting a record for the longest time between selections.
The Jets lead the way with seven players selected. The Vikings and Titans join the Giants with six players selected each.
Dallas has five selections after getting a record 13 last season. Wide receiver Terrell Owens, like Romo, was not selected. Detroit, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Jacksonville had no players chosen.
Other notable snubs include Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who's fifth in the league in receiving yards but plays for a winless team, and Atlanta defensive end John Abraham, who's third in the NFL in sacks behind DeMarcus Ware of Dallas and Joey Porter of Miami, both of whom were selected.
There are 31 first-time Pro Bowlers, 17 in the AFC and 14 in the NFC. Tennessee tailback Chris Johnson is the only rookie selected as the likely NFL rookie of the year, Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, was passed over.
Seattle left tackle Walter Jones was selected but will miss the game after undergoing season-ending knee surgery that is to keep him out until training camp.
Kansas City tight end Tony Gonzalez was selected for a 10th straight season and Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks was chosen after having a string of 10 consecutive selections ended last season.
Here are the complete rosters...
Starters Listed First
Quarterback... Kurt Warner, Cardinals; Drew Brees, Saints; Eli Manning, Giants
Running Back... Adrian Peterson, Vikings; Michael Turner, Falcons; Clinton Portis, Redskins
Fullback... Mike Sellers, Redskins
Wide Receiver... Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals; Anquan Boldin, Cardinals; Steve Smith, Panthers; Roddy White, Falcons
Tight End... Jason Witten, Cowboys; Chris Cooley, Redskins
Tackle... Jordan Gross, Panthers; Walter Jones, Seahawks; Chris Samuels, Redskins
Guard... Steve Hutchinson, Vikings; Chris Snee, Giants; Leonard Davis, Cowboys
Center... Andre Gurode, Cowboys; Shaun O'Hara, Giants
Defensive End... Julius Peppers, Panthers; Justin Tuck, Giants; Jared Allen, Vikings
Defensive Tackle... Kevin Williams, Vikings; Jay Ratliff, Cowboys; Pat Williams, Vikings
Outside Linebacker: DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys; Lance Briggs, Bears; Derrick Brooks, Buccaneers
Inside Linebacker: Patrick Willis, 49ers; Jon Beason, Panthers
Cornerback: Charles Woodson, Packers; Antoine Winfield, Vikings; Asante Samuel, Eagles
Safety: Nick Collins, Packers; Adrian Wilson, Cardinals; Brian Dawkins, Eagles
Punter: Jeff Feagles, Giants
Kicker: John Carney, Giants
Returner: Clifton Smith, Buccaneers
Special Teamer: Sean Morey, Cardinals
Starters Listed First
Quarterback: Peyton Manning, Colts; Brett Favre, Jets; Jay Cutler, Broncos
Running Back: Thomas Jones, Jets; Chris Johnson, Titans; Ronnie Brown, Dolphins
Fullback: Le'Ron McClain, Ravens
Wide Receiver: Andre Johnson, Texans; Brandon Marshall, Broncos; Reggie Wayne, Colts; Wes Welker, Patriots
Tight End: Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs; Antonio Gates, Chargers
Tackle: Joe Thomas, Browns; Jason Peters, Bills; Michael Roos, Titans
Guard: Alan Faneca, Jets; Kris Dielman, Chargers; Brian Waters, Chiefs
Center: Kevin Mawae, Titans; Nick Mangold, Jets
Defensive End: Mario Williams, Texans; Dwight Freeney, Colts; Robert Mathis, Colts
Defensive Tackle: Albert Haynesworth, Titans; Kris Jenkins, Jets; Shaun Rogers, Browns
Outside Linebacker: James Harrison, Steelers; Joey Porter, Dolphins; Terrell Suggs, Ravens
Inside Linebacker: Ray Lewis, Ravens; James Farrior, Steelers
Cornerback: Nnamdi Asomugha, Raiders; Cortland Finnegan, Titans; Darrelle Revis, Jets
Safety: Ed Reed, Ravens; Troy Polamalu, Steelers; Chris Hope, Titans
Punter: Shane Lechler, Raiders
Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots
Returner: Leon Washington, Jets
Special Teamer: Brendon Ayanbadejo, Ravens
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