Pro Bowl 2014 Roster: Unconferenced Voting Results, Selections and Alternates

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Pro Bowl 2014 Roster: Unconferenced Voting Results, Selections and Alternates
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The ballots have officially been counted and the roster is set for the 2014 Pro Bowl.

In an effort to bring more enthusiasm to the NFL's version of the All-Star Game, the league decided to change the format this time around. Every roster member will be drafted to one of the two teams instead of just competing by conference.

As a result, there was "unconferenced voting" that brought the best players by position, regardless of what team they played for during the season.

This will create an even better roster full of stars ready to perform one last time after being eliminated.

Here is a look at the complete list of competitors, plus alternates, for the Jan. 26 game in Hawaii. The alternates will be listed as they become available.

 

Pro Bowl Roster - Offense
Pos. Player Team
QB Peyton Manning Denver Broncos
QB Drew Brees New Orleans Saints
QB Tom Brady New England Patriots
QB Cam Newton Carolina Panthers
QB Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers
QB Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks
RB Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs
RB Frank Gore San Francisco 49ers
RB Marshawn Lynch Seattle Seahawks
RB LeSean McCoy Philadelphia Eagles
RB Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings
FB Marcel Reece Oakland Raiders
FB Mike Tolbert Carolina Panthers
WR Antonio Brown Pittsburgh Steelers
WR Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys
WR Josh Gordon Cleveland Browns
WR A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals
WR Andre Johnson Houston Texans
WR Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions
WR Brandon Marshall Chicago Bears
WR Demaryius Thomas Denver Broncos
TE Jordan Cameron Cleveland Browns
TE Vernon Davis San Francisco 49ers
TE Jimmy Graham New Orleans Saints
TE Julius Thomas Denver Broncos
OT Branden Albert Kansas City Chiefs
OT Jason Peters Philadelphia Eagles
OT Tyron Smith Dallas Cowboys
OT Joe Staley San Francisco 49ers
OT Joe Thomas Cleveland Browns
OT Trent Williams Washington Redskins
G Jahri Evans New Orleans Saints
G Ben Grubbs New Orleans Saints
G Mike Iupati San Francisco 49ers
G Logan Mankins New England Patriots
G Louis Vasquez Denver Broncos
G Marshal Yanda Baltimore Ravens
C Ryan Kalil Carolina Panthers
C Alex Mack Cleveland Browns
C Mike Pouncey Miami Dolphins
C Max Unger Seattle Seahawks

via NFL.com

 

After breaking the all-time record for passing touchdowns in a season, it is no surprise that Peyton Manning received the most votes in the NFL.

Of course, the veteran quarterback is not one for personal achievements. Even after throwing his record-breaking 51st touchdown pass, he had this to say, via Brandon Moree of DenverBroncos.com:

I really feel like it’s a team accomplishment—certainly an offensive accomplishment. A lot of people played roles in this. I think it’s a unique thing and a neat thing to be part of NFL history—even if it may be temporary. I personally think all season records are going down—especially if they go to 18 games and there won’t be an asterisk next to them. So, (Tom) Brady will probably break it again next year if not the year after.

Still, he will be one of a few players representing the Broncos in Hawaii if they do not reach the Super Bowl.

Manning will be joined by a loaded quarterback class that includes Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Philip Rivers.

There were likely quite a few fantasy owners who voted for running backs Jamaal Charles and Marshawn Lynch who led the way at the position. LeSean McCoy will earn a spot on the roster thanks to his NFL-leading 1,476 rushing yards.

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Meanwhile, few will be surprised to see Calvin Johnson as the leading vote-earner at wide receiver. The problem is that the receiving class is too deep to bring everyone to the Pro Bowl. This caused top options like Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson to be left off the list.

On the offensive line, fans should not be surprised to see some of the best teams in the league well-represented. Branden Albert, Joe Staley, Jahri Evans and Max Unger are among the bigger names getting a bid.

Overall, it is hard to argue with too many of the inclusions with so many top players putting up big numbers all season.

Pro Bowl Roster - Defense
Pos. Player Team
DE Greg Hardy Carolina Panthers
DE Cameron Jordan New Orleans Saints
DE Robert Quinn St. Louis Rams
DE Cameron Wake Miami Dolphins
DE J.J. Watt Houston Texans
DE Mario Williams Buffalo Bills
DT Gerald McCoy Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DT Haloti Ngata Baltimore Ravens
DT Dontari Poe Kansas City Chiefs
DT Justin Smith San Francisco 49ers
DT Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions
DT Kyle Williams Buffalo Bills
OLB John Abraham Arizona Cardinals
OLB Ahmad Brooks San Francisco 49ers
OLB Tamba Hali Kansas City Chiefs
OLB Justin Houston Kansas City Chiefs
OLB Robert Mathis Indianapolis Colts
OLB Terrell Suggs Baltimore Ravens
ILB NaVorro Bowman San Francisco 49ers
ILB Vontaze Burfict Cincinnati Bengals
ILB Luke Kuechly Carolina Panthers
ILB Patrick Willis San Francisco 49ers
CB Brandon Flowers Kansas City Chiefs
CB Brent Grimes Miami Dolphins
CB Joe Haden Cleveland Browns
CB Patrick Peterson Arizona Cardinals
CB Darrelle Revis Tampa Bay Buccaneers
CB Richard Sherman Seattle Seahawks
CB Aqib Talib New England Patriots
CB Alterraun Verner Tennessee Titans
FS Jairus Byrd Buffalo Bills
FS Earl Thomas Seattle Seahawks
FS Eric Weddle San Diego Chargers
SS Eric Berry Kansas City Chiefs
SS Kam Chancellor Seattle Seahawks
SS Troy Polamalu Pittsburgh Steelers

via NFL.com

On the defensive end, one of the first things you notice is the domination by the Seattle Seahawks' secondary as cornerback Richard Sherman and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor were all chosen.

Considering the squad ranks first in the league against the pass, it is hard to argue with any of these selections.

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The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers also had a number of selections in the front-seven thanks to fantastic years.

Meanwhile, there were plenty of individuals that stood out on the defensive end with huge numbers. This includes Robert Quinn, who currently leads the NFL with 18 sacks.

Vontaze Burfict currently leads the league with 157 tackles and that was enough to secure his place on this team. Kevin Goheen of Fox Sports Ohio provided a look at the linebacker's excitement:

J.J. Watt earned a selection thanks to the fan vote even in a down year statistically, but he has still proven time and again that he is among the best in the league at any position.

There were a few more interesting selections like Troy Polamalu, but it seems the voters generally did a good job of making picks.

Pro Bowl Roster - Special Teams
Pos. Player Team
K Matt Prater Denver Broncos
K Justin Tucker Baltimore Ravens
P Brandon Fields Miami Dolphins
P Johnny Hekker St. Louis Rams
KR Antonio Brown Pittsburgh Steelers
KR Dexter McCluster Kansas City Chiefs
ST Justin Bethel Arizona Cardinals
ST Matthew Slater New England Patriots

via NFL.com

It is tough to separate the top kickers from the rest of the league this season, especially when field-goal percentage is at an all-time high, according to Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders:

Still, Matt Prater and Justin Tucker were clearly two of the best around as they continued to make kicks with consistency regardless of the distance or pressure involved.

Brandon Fields and Johnny Hekker also helped out their squads on special teams as the punters were able to control the field-position battle in each game.

Finally, Dexter McCluster found himself on the list as a returner, while Antonio Brown was actually selected twice, as a returner and a receiver.

While there will always be snubs and poor selections, the overall list of Pro Bowlers does well to fit the criteria of selecting the best players in the NFL. With these new unconferenced rosters, this should be enough to keep fans excited about the upcoming exhibition. 

Pro Bowl Alternates By Team - Updated When Available
Pos. Player Team
QB Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers
FB John Kuhn Green Bay Packers
G Josh Sitton Green Bay Packers
LB Clay Matthews Green Bay Packers
WR Jordy Nelson Green Bay Packers
CB Sam Shields Green Bay Packers
CB Tramon Williams Green Bay Packers
WR Anquan Boldin San Francisco 49ers
G Alex Boone San Francisco 49ers
SS Donte Whitner San Francisco 49ers
ST C.J. Spillman San Francisco 49ers
P Andy Lee San Francisco 49ers
FS Eric Reid San Francisco 49ers
QB Nick Foles Philadelphia Eagles
WR DeSean Jackson Philadelphia Eagles
G Evan Mathis Philadelphia Eagles
K Steven Hauschka Seattle Seahawks
OT Russell Okung Seattle Seahawks
KR Golden Tate Seattle Seahawks
DT Muhammad Wilkerson New York Jets
C Nick Mangold New York Jets
CB Antonio Cromartie New York Jets
DE Calais Campbell Arizona Cardinals
WR Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals
DT Darnell Docket Arizona Cardinals
LB Daryl Washington Arizona Cardinals
DT Jurrell Casey Tennessee Titans
CB DeAngelo Hall Washington Redskins
WR Pierre Garcon Washington Redskins
OLB Brian Orakpo Washington Redskins
RB Alfred Morris Washington Redskins
FB Vonta Leach Baltimore Ravens
SS T.J. Ward Cleveland Browns
OT Andrew Whitworth Cincinnati Bengals
QB Andy Dalton Cincinnati Bengals
QB Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers
OG David DeCastro Pittsburgh Steelers
OG Zane Beadles Denver Broncos
RB Knowshown Moreno Denver Broncos
WR Wes Welker Denver Broncos
C Manny Ramirez Denver Broncos
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Denver Broncos
OLB Von Miller Denver Broncos
ST David Bruton Denver Broncos
TE Antonio Gates San Diego Chargers
C Nick Hardwich San Diego Chargers
RB Reggie Bush Detroit Lions
DT Nick Fairley Detroit Lions
QB Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions
TE Tony Gonzalez Atlanta Falcons

 

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