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The experience younger players can gain at the Pro Bowl is a valuable part of their development. Tampa Bay's Doug Martin is in a great position, considering the exposure he'll get to veterans like Minnesota's Adrian Peterson.
Now, Tampa Bay's Doug Martin gets to participate in that same kind of conversation, just with Peterson as the elder spokesman instead of the young player.
Martin took the NFL by storm this season, rushing for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns in his rookie year, making the first of what could be many Pro Bowls. He joins Peterson and Seattle's Marshawn Lynch as the NFC's running backs. He's only scratching the surface of his talent - he added 472 more yards on 49 receptions in 2012 - and having veterans like Peterson and Manning around to talk shop will only help him.
Same goes for fellow youngster Gerald McCoy, who is among a young group of defensive tackles for the NFC squad. He joins fellow 2010 draft classmate Ndamukong Suh on the team, along with Chicago's Henry Melton, a fourth-round pick of the 2009 draft. They can share trench experiences with veterans like Minnesota's Jared Allen and Chicago's Julius Peppers.
Tampa Bay's Vincent Jackson has plenty of his own experience to share, as he joins Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald, New York Giants' Victor Cruz and Atlanta's Julio Jones on the NFC's roster of wide receivers. Jackson spent the first seven years of his eight-year career with the San Diego Chargers