Vikings lead way with eight Pro Bowlers

The 2010 Pro Bowl rosters have officially been announced, and you can view the full rosters here. Here are a few interesting distinctions:

  • Four teams provided 26 players. The Vikings lead the way with eight representatives (WR Sidney Rice, LT Bryant McKinnie, LG Steve Hutchinson, QB Brett Favre, RB Adrian Peterson, DE Jared Allen, DT Kevin Williams and special-teamer Heath Farwell). The Vikings are followed by the Eagles, Colts and Cowboys, with six players each.
  • On the other end, six teams have no Pro Bowl representatives: The Bengals, Chiefs, Falcons, Seahawks, Buccaneers and Lions.
  • Favre was named to his 11th Pro Bowl, most among active players, and is second-oldest QB selected to the Pro Bowl (Warren Moon – 41 years old in 1997 season). Next on the list with most Pro Bowls is Peyton Manning and Ray Lewis, with 10 each. Favre and Manning are the only quarterbacks to be named to 10 or more Pro Bowls.
  • There were 23 first-time selections, with eight in the NFC and 15 in the AFC.
  • DeSean Jackson of the Eagles has made his first Pro Bowl, named as both a wide receiver and kick returner — the first time a player has ever been named to two positions.
  • Three rookies made the Pro Bowl: Redskins OLB Brian Orakpo, Texans OLB Brian Cushing and Bills FS Jairus Byrd.
  • Byrd is the son of former Chargers CB Gil Byrd, a Pro Bowler in 1992-93, as they become the ninth father-son combination selected to the Pro Bowl.
  • Looking at players who didn’t make it, three veterans with considerable Pro resumes were left off the list: Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez (10 consecutive), Steelers FS Troy Polamalu (five consecutive) and Patriots WR Randy Moss (seven-time Pro Bowler).
  • The player with the most consecutive Pro Bowl appearances is Jets OG Alan Faneca, with nine. He’s trailed by Manning (9) and Hutchinson (8).
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