Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson Among 2012 Pro Bowl Starters
The NFL officially unveiled the 2013 Pro Bowl selections on Wednesday (December 26), with Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson leading the way as starters in their sensational comeback seasons.
Manning missed the entire 2011 season with neck and back problems that required several operations. He was then signed with Denver as a free agent and has led the Broncos on a 10-game winning streak to take the AFC West.
"I know there's great players out there in the NFL, but there's some great players on this team this year that deserve to go," said Manning, whose 12th Pro Bowl is a record for quarterbacks. He ranks fourth in league passing this year, has thrown 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Minnesota's Peterson tore his left knee on Christmas Eve last year, underwent major surgery, then was back for the season opener. He's gone from uncertain to unstoppable, running away with the rushing title with a career-high 1,898 yards and lifting the Vikings toward an NFC wild card.
Robert Griffin III was one of two rookies chosen Wednesday, alongside Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh, who has nine field goals of at least 50 yards, an NFL mark.
The NFL's NFL's all-star game goes down on January 27 from Hawaii.
Below are offensive rosters. For a full rundown, visit NFL.com.
AFC - Offense
Quarterback: Peyton Manning (starter), Tom Brady, Matt Schaub
Running back: Arian Foster (starter), Jamaal Charles, Ray Rice
Fullback: Vonta Leach (starter)
Wide Receiver: A.J. Green (starter), Andre Johnson (starter), Reggie Wayne, Wes Welker
Tight end: Rob Gronkowski (starter), Heath Miller
NFC - Offense
Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers (starter), Matt Ryan, Robert Griffin III
Running back: Adrian Peterson (starter), Marshawn Lynch, Frank Gore
Full back: Jerom Felton (starter)
Wide receiver: Calvin Johnson (starter), Brandon Marshall (starter), Julio Jones, Victor Cruz
Tight end: Tony Gonzalez (starter), Jason Witten