Now that the 2009 Pro Bowl rosters have been announced, and reaction from around the league is rolling in, it’s time to dig a little deeper at the most interesting story angles. There are two that immediately stick out above the rest — Peyton and Eli Manning becomming the first set of QB brothers to be chosen for the same game, and Brett Favre joining Johnny Unitas with the most selections among quarterbacks, with 10.
“I’m honored to be voted to the Pro Bowl again by my fans and peers but equally excited for my teammates,” Favre said Tuesday. “Considering my late start this summer, I’m proud of what this team has accomplished so far.”
Crunching the numbers:
- The Jets led the way with seven selections, the most in franchise history. The Giants, Vikings and Titans each had six.
- Giants K John Carney, 44, is the oldest player ever selected. He also sets the record for longest span inbetween selections — 14 seaons — as Carney was named to the Pro Bowl in 1994 with the Chargers.
- The AFC roster has 17 first-time Pro Bowlers. The NFC has 14.
- With the selection of LBs James Farrior and James Harrison, the Steelers will send a LB to the Pro Bowl for the seventh time in the past nine seasons and for the 15th time in the past 19 years.
- Bucs LB Derrick Brooks was named to his 11th Pro Bowl, one short of the record for LBs set by Junior Seau (12).
- QB Kurt Warner and WRs Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals were all named starters, marking the first time since the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl began in 1970 that a team has had the starting QB and both starting receivers.
- A trio of Vikings DL — Jared Allen, Pat Williams and Kevin Williams — will be starting for the NFC.
- Lance Briggs is the seventh Bears LB to be voted to four consecutive Pro Bowls, joining Hall of Famer’s Dick Butkus, George Connor, Bill George and Mike Singletary, along with Joe Fortunato and Brian Urlacher.