2012 NFL Pro Bowl: 'Open Thread'

Join all football fans and especially those of the Baltimore Ravens in this 2012 NFL Pro Bowl 'Open Thread.' There are a few members of the Ravens who are still playing in this game, although they'd surely prefer to be practicing for the Super Bowl next week.

In the meantime, post your comments on the last game involving the Ravens this season and instead of complaining about how the season could have gone, celebrate how well it did, compared to 29 other NFL teams, who wish their season went as "poor;y" as Baltimore's did.

Check out more news and facts about the Pro Bowl after the 'Jump.'

WHAT TO LOOK FOR2012 PRO BOWL

HIGH SCORE: It has been a banner year for offenses across the National Football League, thanks in part to high-flying passing attacks led by some of the game’s best quarterbacks. The 2012 NFC Pro Bowl roster will feature two record-setting QBs – Green Bay’s AARON RODGERS led the NFL with a 122.5 passer rating, a single-season NFL best, while New Orleans’ DREW BREES’ 5,476 passing yards surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO’s record for passing yards in a season.

The 2012 Pro Bowl will also be the first in series history to feature two rookie quarterbacks, CAM NEWTON of Carolina (NFC) and ANDY DALTON of Cincinnati (AFC).

Other quarterbacks taking part in the game include BEN ROETHLISBERGER of Pittsburgh, who will get the starting nod for the AFC, and PHILIP RIVERS of San Diego, who became the third quarterback in NFL history to pass for 4,000+ yards in four consecutive seasons (Brees, PEYTON MANNING).

High scores have been a recent trend at the Pro Bowl. In fact, the eight highest combined scores in Pro Bowl history have all occurred since 2000, including 96 points last year, the second-highest in Pro Bowl history.

The highest combined scores in Pro Bowl history:

YEAR

WINNER (PTS.)

LOSER (PTS.)

TOTAL POINTS

2004

NFC (55)

AFC (52)

107

2011

NFC (55)

AFC (41)

96

2000

NFC (51)

AFC (31)

82

2010

AFC (41)

NFC (34)

75

2008

NFC (42)

AFC (30)

72

2002

AFC (38)

NFC (30)

68

2003

AFC (45)

NFC (20)

65

2005

AFC (38)

NFC (27)

65

-- 2012 Pro Bowl --

NFL NETWORK'S LIVE COVERAGE FEATURES PRO BOWL RECORD-HOLDER: Seven-time Pro Bowler and Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK is joined by FRAN CHARLES and TOM WADDLE on-location in Hawaii for NFL Network's live coverage of AFC and NFC practices on Thursday from 2:30-5:30 PM ET and Saturday from 1:30-3:30 PM ET. Practice coverage includes interviews with All-Star players and coaches.

The trio returns on Sunday at 4:00 PM ET for the live three-hour NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Pregame which leads up to the 7:00 PM ET game time on NBC. Faulk earned 1995 Pro Bowl MVP honors as a Colts rookie when he set still-standing records for rushing yards (180), longest run from scrimmage (49 yards) and yards per carry (13.9, min. 10 attempts).


ELDER STATESMAN: Two of the most frequent participants in Pro Bowl history have made the trip to Honolulu once again in 2012: Atlanta tight end TONY GONZALEZ and Denver cornerback CHAMP BAILEY are each poised to play in their 11th career Pro Bowl, which will tie for the third-most in since 1970.

Only Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDALL MC DANIEL and longtime Kansas City guard WILL SHIELDS, who both played in 12 Pro Bowls apiece, have more All-Star appearances during that span.

Gonzalez is also the all-time career Pro Bowl leader in the following categories: total touchdowns (six), receptions (42) and receiving yards (632). Bailey’s four career Pro Bowl interceptions are tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer DEION SANDERS and EVERSON WALLS for the most in the game’s history.

The players with the most Pro Bowl games played since 1971:

PLAYER

YEARS

PRO BOWLS

Randall McDaniel

Minnesota, 1990-2000; Tampa Bay, 2001

12

Will Shields

Kansas City, 1996-2007

12

Champ Bailey

Washington, 2001-04; Denver, 2005-08, 2010-12

11

Tony Gonzalez*

Kansas City, 2000-01, 2003-09; Atlanta, 2011-12

11

Reggie White**

Philadelphia, 1987-93; Green Bay, 1994, 1996-97, 1999

11

Junior Seau*

San Diego, 1992-2002

11

Rod Woodson

Pittsburgh, 1990-95, 1997; Baltimore, 2000-02; Oakland, 2003

11

Lawrence Taylor

N.Y. Giants, 1982-1991

10

Ronnie Lott

San Francisco, 1982-85, 1987-91; L.A. Raiders 1992

10

Mike Singletary

Chicago, 1984-1993

10

Bruce Matthews****

Houston, 1989-95, 1997; Tennessee, 2000, 2002

10

Jerry Rice***

San Francisco, 1987-88, 1990-94,1996, 1999; Oakland, 2003

10

Peyton Manning*

Indianapolis, 2000-01, 2003-09, 2011

10

*Also selected, but did not play, in one additional game

**Also selected, but did not play, in two additional games

***Also selected but did not play, in three additional games

****Also selected, but did not play in four additional games

-- 2012 Pro Bowl --

ALL HAIL THE "U": Seven players named to the 2012 Pro Bowl roster played collegiately at the University of Miami (FL), more than any other college program.

Below is a breakdown of schools with at least four players named to the 2012 Pro Bowl squads:

COLLEGE

2012 PRO BOWL PLAYERS

NO.

Miami

RB Frank Gore, TE Jimmy Graham, RB Willis McGahee, C Chris Myers, LB Ray Lewis, DT Vince Wilfork, S Ed Reed

7

Auburn

QB Cam Newton, G Ben Grubbs, DT Jay Ratliff, CB Carlos Rogers

4

Georgia

WR A.J. Green, CB Champ Bailey, DT Richard Seymour, DT Geno Atkins

4

Pittsburgh

CB Darrelle Revis, WR Larry Fitzgerald, P Andy Lee, RB LeSean McCoy

4


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