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NFL Pro Bowl 2012: AFC & NFC Selections, Roster and TV Schedule
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At long last, the rosters for the 2012 Pro Bowl have been announced.

There are no shortage of debates that we can have about the Pro Bowl rosters, and this year's crop definitely has plenty of snubs and surprises.

So let's go ahead and get down to brass tacks. Read on for a full roster breakdown and discussions of snubs and surprises.

 

Where: Aloha Stadium

When: Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. EST

Watch: NBC

 

* Starters

AFC Offense

Position Players Team
 Quarterback

 Tom Brady*

 Ben Roethlisberger

 Philip Rivers

 New England Patriots 

 Pittsburgh Steelers

 San Diego Chargers

 Running Back

 Ray Rice*

 Maurice Jones-Drew

 Arian Foster

 Baltimore Ravens

 Jacksonville Jaguars

 Houston Texans

 Fullback  Vonta Leach*  Baltimore Ravens
 Wide Receiver

 Wes Welker*

 Mike Wallace*

 A.J. Green

 Brandon Marshall

 New England Patriots

 Pittsburgh Steelers

 Cincinnati Bengals

 Miami Dolphins

 Tight End

 Rob Gronkowski*

 Antonio Gates

 New England Patriots

 San Diego Chargers

 Tackle

 Joe Thomas*

 Jake Long*

 D'Brickashaw Ferguson

 Cleveland Browns

 Miami Dolphins

 New York Jets

 Guard

 Logan Mankins*

 Brian Waters*

 Marshall Yanda

 New England Patriots

 New England Patriots

 Baltimore Ravens

 Center

 Maurkice Pouncey*

 Nick Mangold

 Pittsburgh Steelers

 New York Jets


Snubs

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No Tim Tebow? Seriously?

I'm actually not kidding. This has been a down year for AFC quarterbacks, and Tebow has been pretty solid during his time under center for the Denver Broncos. He's won the majority of his starts, and he's had a knack for finding the end zone.

Then again, Andy Dalton would have also been a good pick. Anybody but Philip Rivers, really. 


Surprises

Maurice Jones-Drew deserves to be the AFC's starting running back. He's leading the league in rushing, and he's doing it for a Jacksonville offense that is utterly incapable of moving the ball through the air.

 

NFC Offense

Position Players Team
 Quarterback

 Aaron Rodgers*

 Drew Brees

 Eli Manning

 Green Bay Packers

 New Orleans Saints

 New York Giants

 Running Back

 LeSean McCoy*

 Matt Forte

 Frank Gore

 Philadelphia Eagles

 Chicago Bears

 San Francisco 49ers

 Fullback  John Kuhn*  Green Bay Packers
 Wide Receiver

 Calvin Johnson*

 Larry Fitzgerald*

 Steve Smith

 Greg Jennings

 Detroit Lions

 Arizona Cardinals

 Carolina Panthers

 Green Bay Packers

 Tight End

 Jimmy Graham*

 Tony Gonzalez

 New Orleans Saints

 Atlanta Falcons

 Tackle

 Jason Peters*

 Joe Staley*

 Jermon Bushrod

 Philadelphia Eagles

 San Francisco 49ers

 New Orleans Saints

 Guard

 Jahri Evans*

 Carl Nicks*

 Davin Joseph

 New Orleans Saints

 New Orleans Saints

 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 Center

 Ryan Kalil*

 Scott Wells

 Carolina Panthers

 Green Bay Packers


Snubs

Did Cam Newton deserve a Pro Bowl nod?

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With all respect to Eli Manning, you can count me among the people who wanted to see Cam Newton get the nod for the Pro Bowl. He's had arguably the greatest rookie season in NFL history, and the Panthers have improved mightily under his watch.

In addition, the fact that Victor Cruz didn't make the Pro Bowl roster is a joke. The only NFC receiver having a better season than Cruz is Calvin Johnson.


Surprises

Kinda surprised to see Matt Forte's name on this list. He definitely deserves a Pro Bowl nod, but he's been out for a couple weeks with a knee injury. I highly doubt he'll actually play in the game, and that should open the door for Marshawn Lynch to sneak into the mix.

 

AFC Defense

Position Players  Team
 Defensive End

 Dwight Freeney*

 Andre Carter*

 Elvis Dumervil

 Indianapolis Colts

 New England Patriots

 Denver Broncos

 Interior Linemen

 Haloti Ngata*

 Vince Wilfork*

 Richard Seymour

 Baltimore Ravens

 New England Patriots

 Oakland Raiders

 Outside Linebacker

 Terrell Suggs*

 Von Miller*

 Tamba Hali

 Baltimore Ravens

 Denver Broncos

 Kansas City Chiefs

 Inside Linebacker

 Ray Lewis*

 Derrick Johnson

 Baltimore Ravens

 Kansas City Chiefs

 Cornerback

 Darrelle Revis*

 Champ Bailey*

 Johnathan Joseph

 New York Jets

 Denver Broncos

 Houston Texans

 Free Safety

 Ed Reed*

 Eric Weddle

 Baltimore Ravens

 San Diego Chargers

 Strong Safety  Troy Polamalu*  Pittsburgh Steelers


Snubs

I'm a little annoyed that Cleveland middle linebacker D'Qwell Jackson didn't make the cut. He's had an outstanding season, and I'd wager that he deserves to go to Hawaii over Ray Lewis. He's still great, but Lewis is getting into these things because of his reputation at this point.


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Surprises

It's cool that Andre Carter got the nod, but he wasn't exactly consistent and now he's hurt. Still, it's pretty sweet that he made the Pro Bowl after getting cut by the Washington Redskins earlier this year.

 

NFC Defense

Position Players Team
 Defensive End

 Jared Allen*

 Jason Babin*

 Jason Pierre-Paul

 Minnesota Vikings

 Philadelphia Eagles

 New York Giants

 Interior Linemen

 Justin Smith*

 Jay Ratliff*

 B.J. Raji

 San Francisco 49ers

 Dallas Cowboys

 Green Bay Packers

 Outside Linebacker

 DeMarcus Ware*

 Clay Matthews*

 Lance Briggs

 Dallas Cowboys

 Green Bay Packers

 Chicago Bears

 Inside Linebacker

 Patrick Willis*

 Brian Urlacher

 San Francisco 49ers

 Chicago Bears

 Cornerback

 Charles Woodson*

 Carlos Rogers*

 Charles Tillman

 Green Bay Packers

 San Francisco 49ers

 Chicago Bears

 Free Safety

 Earl Thomas*

 Dashon Goldson

 Seattle Seahawks

 San Francisco 49ers

 Strong Safety  Adrian Wilson*  Arizona Cardinals

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Snubs

Where's the love for Aldon Smith? All he's done this year is rack up 14 sacks, which puts him half a sack away from tying the rookie record set by Jevon Kearse in 1999. Pretty bummed that he didn't make the cut.

Aside from that, no major gripes on my end.


Surprises

Absent from this list? None other than Ndamukong Suh.

That's not a huge surprise, as Suh hasn't been as productive this season as he was in his rookie campaign. Nevertheless, you'd think he would make it on reputation alone. I guess Suh's other reputation cost him here.

 

AFC Special Teams

Position Players Team
 Punter

 Shane Lechler

 Oakland Raiders
 Kicker  Sebastian Janikowski  Oakland Raiders 
 Kick Returner  Antonio Brown  Pittsburgh Steelers 
 Special Teamer  Matthew Slater  New England Patriots

Snubs

I would have picked Josh Cribbs over Antonio Brown, but he's a good choice. No major snubs to be found here.


Surprises

This is Sebastian Janikowski's first Pro Bowl nod. Talk about something being overdue...

 

NFC Special Teams

Position Players Team
 Punter

 Andy Lee

 San Francisco 49ers 
 Kicker  David Akers  San Francisco 49ers 
 Kick Returner  Patrick Peterson  Arizona Cardinals 
 Special Teamer  Corey Graham  Chicago Bears 


Snubs

No complaints here. All four players did more than enough to earn Pro Bowl nods this season.


Surprises

Good year for Bay Area kickers, don't you think?

 

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