Brady, Vick get starting nods for Pro Bowl

New England's Tom Brady and Philadelphia's Michael Vick received starting nods at quarterback for...

New England's Tom Brady and Philadelphia's Michael Vick received starting nods at quarterback for the Pro Bowl. (REUTERS)

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NEW YORK -- New England's Tom Brady and Philadelphia's Michael Vick received starting nods at quarterback for the Pro Bowl.

Brady will start for the AFC, while Vick will get the start for the NFC.

The rosters were announced Tuesday and the Atlanta Falcons led all teams with seven selections, followed by the Patriots with six and the Eagles, Cowboys, Packers and Ravens with five apiece.

Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan and reigning Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees of New Orleans received the other two quarterback nods for the NFC, while San Diego's Philip Rivers and Indianapolis' Peyton Manning were picked behind Brady in the AFC.

Falcons running back Michael Turner will start for the NFC, while Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew was selected for the AFC.

Backing up Turner will be Minnesota's Adrian Peterson and St. Louis' Steven Jackson. Jones-Drew will be spelled by Houston's Arian Foster and Kansas City's Jamaal Charles.

Starting at wide receiver for the AFC are Andre Johnson from the Texans and Reggie Wayne of Indianapolis, backed up by Denver's Brandon Lloyd and the Chiefs' Dwayne Bowe.

In the NFC, the starting wideouts are Roddy White of the Falcons and Calvin Johnson of the Lions, with Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson and Green Bay's Greg Jennings as the reserves.

Antonio Gates of San Diego and Marcedes Lewis of the Jaguars are the AFC's tight end selections, with Gates getting the start. Jason Witten of Dallas is the starting tight end for the NFC, with Tony Gonzalez of Atlanta as the reserve.

Vonta Leech of the Texans was selected as the fullback for the AFC, while Ovie Mughelli of the Falcons was picked for the NFC.

Jake Long (Dolphins) and Joe Thomas (Browns) will start at offensive tackle for the AFC, while Kris Dielman (Chargers) and Logan Mankins (Patriots) will start at guard with Nick Mangold (Jets) at centre.

The starting offensive line for the NFC will be Jason Peters (Eagles) and Jordan Gross (Panthers) at tackle, Jahri Evans (Saints) and Chris Snee (Giants) at guard and Andre Gurode (Cowboys) at centre.

On the other side of the line, Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis of the Colts will start at defensive end for the AFC, while the interior lineman will be Haloti Ngata (Ravens) and Vince Wilfork (Patriots).

The remaining defensive starters for the AFC are James Harrison (Steelers) and Cameron Wake (Dolphins) at outside linebacker and Ray Lewis (Ravens) at middle linebacker; Nnamdi Asomugha (Raiders) and Darrelle Revis (Jets) at cornerback; and Ed Reed (Ravens) and Troy Polamalu (Steelers) in the safety positions.

The defensive line for the NFC will be Julius Peppers (Bears) and John Abraham (Falcons) at the end positions, with rookie Ndamukong Suh (Lions) and Jay Ratliff (Cowboys) in the interior.

Filling out the starters for the NFC's defence are outside linebackers Clay Matthews (Packers) and DeMarcus Ware (Cowboys) and middle linebacker Patrick Willis (49ers); cornerbacks Asante Samuel (Eagles) and Charles Woodson (Green Bay); and safeties Nick Collins (Packers) and Adrian Wilson (Cardinals).

The AFC's special teams starters are punter Shane Lechler (Raiders), placekicker Billy Cundiff (Ravens), kick returner Marc Mariani (Titans) and special teamer Montell Owens (Jaguars).

Starting on special teams for the NFC are punter Matt McBriar (Cowboys), placekicker David Akers (Eagles), kicker returner Devin Hester (Bears) and special teamer Eric Weems (Falcons).

The Pro Bowl rosters were voted on by fans, players and coaches. The game is slated for January 30, 2011, at Aloha Stadium, with Cowboys Stadium hosting Super Bowl XLV the following week.


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