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Peyton Manning, RG3 picked at quarterback for Pro Bowl

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • December 26, 2012 - 9:39 PM

NEW YORK - A sensational comeback by Peyton Manning of Denver has him headed to the Pro Bowl. Also selected Wednesday to the NFL's all-star game at quarterback was Washington rookie Robert Griffin III.

But two other first-year quarterback having superb seasons, Andrew Luck of Indianapolis and Russell Wilson of Seattle, weren't voted to the Pro Bowl by coaches, players and fans, although their teams are in the playoffs.

Griffin can get to the postseason, too, if Washington beats Dallas on Sunday.

Manning missed all of the 2011 season with neck and back problems that required several operations. He then signed with Denver as a free agent and has led the Broncos to the AFC West title with a 10-game winning streak.

Griffin said a spot on the NFC team means a lot to him: "You can't play down those kind of things. I've always said my whole football career that you don't play for awards. They just come.

"You don't say you're going to win the Heisman. You don't say you're going to win MVP. You go out and you prove it on the field, and if everyone feels that way then they'll give you that award."

The other quarterbacks named to the Pro Bowl were Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay and Matt Ryan of Atlanta from the NFC and Tom Brady of New England and Matt Schaub of Houston from the AFC.

San Francisco had the most players selected, nine, including six from its second-ranked defense. The Texans were next with eight, six on offense.

The Vikings had four: running back Adrian Peterson, fullback Jerome Fulton, placekicker Blair Walsh and defensive end Jared Allen.

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