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Broncos’ Manning Sets NFL Pro Bowl Record With 12th Selection

December 27, 2012

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.

Seven Patriots

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.

Cruz’s First

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
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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, Baltimore

TIGHT 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, Pittsburgh

Defense
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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, Baltimore

Specialists
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PUNTER
Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City

PLACEKICKER
Phil Dawson, Cleveland

KICK RETURN SPECIALIST
Jacoby Jones, Baltimore

SPECIAL TEAMER
Matthew Slater, New England

NFC ROSTER
Offense
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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, Minnesota

TIGHT 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, Seattle

Defense
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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 Francisco

FREE SAFETIES
Dashon Goldson, San Francisco
Earl Thomas, Seattle

Specialists
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PUNTER
Thomas Morstead, New Orleans

PLACEKICKER
Blair Walsh, Minnesota

KICK RETURN SPECIALIST
Leon Washington, Seattle

SPECIAL TEAMER
Lorenzo Alexander, Washington

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

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


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