The 2013 Pro Bowl Rosters have been released, and the AFC squad is packed full of stars. While the Pro Bowl itself fails to draw a significant amount of attention—despite the NFL’s best efforts—it is an honor for each player named to the roster.
But Manning beat out Brady for the starting quarterback spot, settling the biggest debate surrounding the Pro Bowl.
Manning has the 12-3 Denver Broncos in the midst of a 10-game winning streak and he has put up MVP-worthy numbers. He has completed 68.1 percent of his passes for 4,355 yards, 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Brady, however, has similar statistics and his team is 11-4. The New England Patriots star has a completion percentage of 63.1 and has thrown for 4,543 yards, 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Houston Texans stars Arian Foster and Andre Johnson round out the starting squad for the AFC. The Texans currently have the top seed in the conference, and both players rank in the top-five in yards gained for players at their respective positions.
Cincinnati Bengals playmaker A.J. Green unsurprisingly received the other starting wide receiver spot. There has been no sophomore slump for the talented wideout, as he has 1,324 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.
On the other side of the ball, Houston defensive end J.J. Watt headlines the conference’s roster. He has had a remarkable campaign and is a serious candidate to win the Defensive Player of the Year award after recording 20.5 sacks, four forced fumbled and 15 passes defended.
Note: bold font denotes starters.
|Peyton Manning||QB||Denver Broncos|
|Tom Brady||QB||New England Patriots|
|Matt Schaub||QB||Houston Texans|
|Arian Foster||RB||Houston Texans|
|Jamaal Charles||RB||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Ray Rice||RB||Baltimore Ravens|
|Andre Johnson||WR||Houston Texans|
|A.J. Green||WR||Cincinnati Bengals|
|Reggie Wayne||WR||Indianapolis Colts|
|Wes Welker||WR||New England Patriots|
|Rob Gronkowski||TE||New England Patriots|
|Heath Miller||TE||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Joe Thomas||T||Cleveland Browns|
|Duane Brown||T||Houston Texans|
|Ryan Clady||T||Denver Broncos|
|Logan Mankins||G||New England Patriots|
|Marshal Yanda||G||Baltimore Ravens|
|Wade Smith||G||Houston Texans|
|Maurkice Pouncey||C||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Chris Myers||C||Houston Texans|
|J.J. Watt||DE||Houston Texans|
|Cameron Wake||DE||Miami Dolphins|
|Elvis Dumervil||DE||Denver Broncos|
|Geno Atkins||DT||Cincinnati Bengals|
|Vince Wilfork||DT||New England Patriots|
|Haloti Ngata||DT||Baltimore Ravens|
|Von Miller||OLB||Denver Broncos|
|Tamba Hali||OLB||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Robert Mathis||OLB||Indianapolis Colts|
|Jerod Mayo||MLB||New England Patriots|
|Derrick Johnson||MLB||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Champ Bailey||CB||Denver Broncos|
|Johnathan Joseph||CB||Houston Texans|
|Antonio Cromartie||CB||New York Jets|
|Ed Reed||FS||Baltimore Ravens|
|Eric Berry||SS||Kansas City Chiefs|
|LaRon Landry||SS||New York Jets|
|Dustin Colquitt||P||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Phil Dawson||K||Cleveland Browns|
|Jacoby Jones||KR||Baltimore Ravens|
|Matthew Slater||ST||New England Patriots|