2013 Pro Bowl: What To Look For

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

From NFL Communications, here is their press release on everything you could possibly want to know about pro football's all-star game.

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 2013 Pro Bowl roster will feature two record-setting QBs – New Orleans’ DREW BREES, who became the first player in NFL history to throw 40+ TD passes in consecutive seasons, and Denver’s PEYTON MANNING, whose 12 All-Star selections are the most ever by a quarterback in AFC-NFC Pro Bowl annals.

For the second time in Pro Bowl history – and the second time in as many years – this year’s game will feature two rookie quarterbacks, ANDREW LUCK of Indianapolis (AFC) and RUSSELL WILSON of Seattle (NFC). Luck passed for an NFL-rookie record 4,374 yards this season, surpassing CAM NEWTON’s mark of 4,051 set last year. Wilson had 26 touchdown passes in 2012, tying Peyton Manning’s rookie record from 1998. In 2012, Newton and Cincinnati’s ANDY DALTON became the first pair of rookie QBs ever to play in the same Pro Bowl.

Other quarterbacks taking part in the game include ELI MANNING of the New York Giants, who became the franchise leader in career TD passes this season (211), and MATT SCHAUB of Houston, winner of the 2010 Pro Bowl MVP award.

High scores have been a recent trend at the Pro Bowl. In fact, the nine highest combined scores in Pro Bowl history have all occurred since 2000, including 100 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

2012

AFC (59)

NFC (41)

100

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

-- 2013 Pro Bowl --

ELDER STATESMAN: A pair of Denver Broncos – quarterback PEYTON MANNING and cornerback CHAMP BAILEY – rank among the most frequent participants in Pro Bowl history and have made the trip to Honolulu once again in 2013.

Playing in his 12th All-Star Game, Bailey will tie Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDALL MC DANIEL and former Kansas City guard WILL SHIELDS for the most All-Star appearances in the history of the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl.

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

PLAYER

YEARS

PRO BOWLS

Champ Bailey

Washington, 2001-04; Denver, 2005-08, 2010-13

12

Randall McDaniel

Minnesota, 1990-2000; Tampa Bay, 2001

12

Will Shields

Kansas City, 1996-2007

12

Peyton Manning*

Indianapolis, 2000-01, 2003-09, 2011; Denver, 2013

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

Ray Lewis**

Baltimore, 1998-99, 2001-02, 2004, 2008-12

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

Manning, who will play in his 11th Pro Bowl, not only owns several career and single-game Pro Bowl records, he’s significantly ahead in many of those categories. Manning holds the following Pro Bowl records (next closest player in parentheses):

· Attempts, Career: 184 (Dan Fouts, 120)

· Completions, Career: 109 (Dan Fouts, 63)

· Completions, Game: 22 (Joe Theismann, 21)

· Passing Yards, Career: 1,508 (Dan Fouts, 890)

· Passing Yards, Game: 342 (Dan Fouts, 274)

· Highest Average Gain, Career: 8.20 yards per attempt; min. 50 attempts (Rich Gannon, 8.19)

· Passing Touchdowns, Career: 14 (Rich Gannon, 7)

-- 2013 Pro Bowl --

THREE BY SIX: Six players each from Georgia, Miami (FL) and Tennessee have been named to the 2013 Pro Bowl roster, tied for the most among college programs.

Below is a breakdown of schools with at least five players named to the 2013 Pro Bowl squads:

COLLEGE

2013 PRO BOWL PLAYERS

NO.

Georgia

DT Geno Atkins, CB Champ Bailey, WR A.J. Green, LB Justin Houston, CB Tim Jennings, K Blair Walsh

6

Miami (FL)

RB Frank Gore, WR Andre Johnson, C Chris Myers, S Ed Reed, WR Reggie Wayne, DT Vince Wilfork

6

Tennessee

S Eric Berry, P Dustin Colquitt, RB Arian Foster, QB Peyton Manning, LB Jerod Mayo,

TE Jason Witten

6

California

ST Lorenzo Alexander, S Thomas DeCoud, TE Tony Gonzalez, RB Marshawn Lynch,

QB Aaron Rodgers

5

Texas

RB Jamaal Charles, K Phil Dawson, LB Derrick Johnson, DT Henry Melton, S Earl Thomas

5

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