The NFL Pro Bowl isn't the most well-liked pro football event on the sports calendar every year, and some people refuse to watch it due to the lack of excitement that the game produces, but almost 12.5 million fans watched it last year (via Sports Media Watch).
The Pro Bowl had more viewers than each game of last year's NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. That's impressive, since a Heat-Celtics matchup is the NBA's ideal Eastern Conference Finals showdown.
As long as the Pro Bowl continues to get strong ratings, it's hard to imagine that the NFL would get rid of it. This game, like any other All-Star game in sports, is all for the fans.
Football fans have cast their Pro Bowl ballots for weeks, and the results will be revealed on Wednesday.
Both players are also the leading candidate for the NFL MVP and Comeback Player of the Year awards.
According to ESPN, nobody received more votes than Manning.
Peyton Manning finishes No. 1 overall in Pro Bowl fan voting with 993,045 votes.— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 20, 2012
For the second straight season, the Pro Bowl will be played before the Super Bowl.
This means that players from the teams which win the AFC and NFC and advance to the Super Bowl will not participate in the Pro Bowl, which is a good thing, because no one wants the big game to be ruined by injuries that happened in the Pro Bowl.
The game will take place on Sunday, January 27 and will be broadcast on NBC. The venue will once again be Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.
Here's all the information you need to watch the league's announcement of the 2013 Pro Bowl rosters.
When: Wednesday, December 26 at 7 p.m. ET
Watch: NFL Network
Be sure to check back to Bleacher Report on Wednesday evening for the full list of AFC and NFC players when the Pro Bowl rosters are announced.