After watching fan interest in the event wane over recent years, the NFL decided to take a page from the NHL's book, via NFL.com:
Gone is the familiar AFC vs. NFC match-up that has existed since 1971. Instead, players will be selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players. For example, the top six quarterbacks following voting will earn distinction as All-Stars, regardless of how many are from AFC or NFC teams.
The players are all thrown into one group, with two fantasy football champions eventually drafting the players for each team. Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice serve as the alumni team captains.
Considering nobody cares too much about the outcome of the Pro Bowl, it's a novel concept that brings something different to what had become a stale All-Star game.
Here's a look at the full roster for the Pro Bowl.
|NFL Pro Bowl—Offense|
|QB||Tom Brady||New England Patriots|
|QB||Drew Brees||New Orleans Saints|
|QB||Peyton Manning||Denver Broncos|
|QB||Cam Newton||Carolina Panthers|
|QB||Philip Rivers||San Diego Chargers|
|QB||Russell Wilson||Seattle Seahawks|
|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|
|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|
|OG||Jahri Evans||New Orleans Saints|
|OG||Ben Grubbs||New Orleans Saints|
|OG||Mike Iupati||San Francisco 49ers|
|OG||Logan Mankins||New England Patriots|
|OG||Louis Vasquez||Denver Broncos|
|OG||Marshal Yanda||Baltimore Ravens|
|C||Ryan Kalil||Carolina Panthers|
|C||Alex Mack||Cleveland Browns|
|C||Mike Pouncey||Miami Dolphins|
|C||Max Unger||Seattle Seahawks|
|TE||Jordan Cameron||Cleveland Browns|
|TE||Vernon Davis||San Francisco 49ers|
|TE||Jimmy Graham||New Orleans Saints|
|TE||Julius Thomas||Denver Broncos|
|RB||Jamaal Charles||Kansas City Chiefs|
|RB||Matt Forte||Chicago Bears|
|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|
|NFL Pro Bowl—Defense|
|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|
|MLB||NaVorro Bowman||San Francisco 49ers|
|MLB||Vontaze Burfict||Cincinnati Bengals|
|MLB||Luke Kuechly||Carolina Panthers|
|MLB||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|
|NFL Pro Bowl—Special Teams|
|P||Brandon Fields||Miami Dolphins|
|P||Johnny Hekker||St. Louis Rams|
|K||Matt Prater||Denver Broncos|
|K||Justin Tucker||Baltimore Ravens|
|PR||Antonio Brown||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|PR||Dexter McCluster||Kansas City Chiefs|
|ST||Justin Bethel||Arizona Cardinals|
|ST||Matthew Slater||New England Patriots|
As you'd expect, Twitter was ablaze with discussion about the announcement of players added to the draft pool.
The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers have the most Pro Bowlers with eight apiece, per NFL on ESPN.
Speaking of the 49ers, Patrick Willis isn't looking forward to the possibility of tackling his teammate, Frank Gore, per Taylor Price of 49ers.com.
Josh Gordon, Joe Thomas, Alex Mack, Jordan Cameron and Joe Haden will represent the Cleveland Browns at the Pro Bowl. ESPNCleveland.com's Tony Grossi found it ironic that the Browns have more Pro Bowlers than wins.
Will Brinson of CBSSports.com noted North Carolina State has a lock on the quarterback position.
Aqib Talib and Ndamukong Suh were among the players who collected massive bonuses for being named to the Pro Bowl.
As Bleacher Report's Matt Miller said, it's been quite a journey for Vontaze Burfict, who was named to his first Pro Bowl.
It's not even fair for the New York Jets anymore. As ESPN's Mike Greenberg pointed out, fans have to sit back and watch as Darrelle Revis makes the trip to the Pro Bowl.
One of the bigger snubs was Nick Foles. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback has been phenomenal this year, yet he's on the outside looking in. Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski compared Foles' numbers to those of Tom Brady, and the results aren't what you'd expect.
Miller felt Alshon Jeffery deserved a place in the Pro Bowl.
Grantland's Bill Barnwell listed a few of his most glaring omissions.
Gerald McCoy would like to see his teammate Lavonte David in the Pro Bowl, per Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times.
In order to see where the players get drafted, you'll have to tune into NFL Network on Jan. 22.
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