Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning continues to pad his resume for Most Valuable Player and Comeback Player of the Year awards by being named the starter for his 12th trip to the Pro Bowl. After missing the entire 2011 season following multiple neck surgeries, Manning has completed 377-of-544 pass attempts for 4,355 yards with 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for the AFC West champion Broncos, who have won 10 straight games entering Week 17. Manning leads the AFC in passing yards and passer rating (103.7) and earned the starting nod ahead of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who leads the AFC in passing yards (4,543) and was named to his eighth Pro Bowl. Rounding out the AFC quarterbacks is Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub. As the rosters are currently constructed, the AFC will have an edge in experience as just seven players in that conference will be playing in their first Pro Bowl. Meanwhile, the NFC will have 17 players appearing in their first Pro Bowl. On the NFC side, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named the starter for the second time in his three Pro Bowl nods. Rodgers leads the NFL with a passer rating of 106.2. Joining Rodgers in Hawaii will be Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins first round quarterback Robert Griffin, one of two rookies to make the Pro Bowl. The San Francisco 49ers placed a league-high nine players on the team, closely followed by the Houston Texans, who had eight players selected to participate on the AFC squad. Eight teams did not a single player in the Pro Bowl. Teams shut out this season were the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans. In one of the biggest surprises of the voting, the 2-13 Kansas City Chiefs placed FIVE (5) players on the AFC’s Pro Bowl roster.
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