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.
|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|
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.
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.
|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|
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.
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:
Burfict is first #Bengals LB to go to Pro Bowl since Jim LeClair in 1976... "I’m still shell-shocked but it’s truly a blessing."— Kevin Goheen (@FSOhio_KGoheen) December 28, 2013
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.
|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|
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:
Field goal kickers are at 86.4% this season, so say hello to the new record (previous: 84.5% in 2008). #NFL— Scott Kacsmar (@FO_ScottKacsmar) December 27, 2013
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.
|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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