Peyton Manning didn't take long to return to the Pro Bowl after a neck injury caused him to miss the entire 2011 season, as the veteran quarterback led all vote-getters and earned the starting quarterback spot for the AFC.
This is Manning's 12th Pro Bowl, including appearances every year from 2003 to 2011. He edged out Tom Brady, who was second in votes. Matt Schaub is the third AFC quarterback, while on the NFC side, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, and Robert Griffin III made the cut. Griffin is one of only two rookies to make the event.
Adrian Peterson also had a recovery from injury, earning the starting nod for the NFC at running back due to his monster, potentially record-setting year despite an ACL tear last year.
Many feel the biggest snub is Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks, who certainly earned a Pro Bowl bid with his play, but could become ineligible to play if he loses an appeal for a suspension due to alleged PED use.
The San Francisco 49ers lead all teams with nine players, while the Houston Texans had the most in the AFC with eight. Between Florida's three teams, only Cameron Wake of the Miami Dolphins and Gerald McCoy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made the rosters, and only Wake as a starter. The 2-14 Jacksonville Jaguars were shut out. In an odd twist, the 3-12 Kansas City Chiefs have five players on the roster, while the 13-2 Atlanta Falcons have only three.