NFL Pro Bowl Selections 2017: Voting Results and Full List of Players Announced

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistDecember 21, 2016

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on in the fourth quarter of a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Conference pride is more commonly associated with college football than the NFL, but the best the AFC and NFC have to offer will square off at the 2017 Pro Bowl on Sunday, Jan. 29, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

The respective rosters were announced Tuesday, per NFL.com. The rosters were determined using the votes of fans, players and coaches, with each group counting for one-third of the value. 

Here is a look at the rosters:

2017 Pro Bowl Rosters
PlayerPositionTeam
AFC
Tom BradyQBNew England Patriots
Derek CarrQBOakland Raiders
Ben RoethlisbergerQBPittsburgh Steelers
Le'Veon BellRBPittsburgh Steelers
DeMarco MurrayRBTennessee Titans
LeSean McCoyRBBuffalo Bills
Antonio BrownWRPittsburgh Steelers
Amari CooperWROakland Raiders
A.J. GreenWRCincinnati Bengals
T.Y. HiltonWRIndianapolis Colts
Joe ThomasOTCleveland Browns
Donald PennOTOakland Raiders
Taylor LewanOTTennessee Titans
Marshal YandaOGBaltimore Ravens
Kelechi OsemeleOGOakland Raiders
David DeCastroOGPittsburgh Steelers
Rodney HudsonCOakland Raiders
Maurkice PounceyCPittsburgh Steelers
Travis KelceTEKansas City Chiefs
Delanie WalkerTETennessee Titans
Kyle JuszczykFBBaltimore Ravens
Khalil MackDEOakland Raiders
Cameron WakeDEMiami Dolphins
Jadeveon ClowneyDEHouston Texans
Geno AtkinsDTCincinnati Bengals
Ndamukong SuhDTMiami Dolphins
Jurrell CaseyDTTennessee Titans
Von MillerOLBDenver Broncos
Lorenzo AlexanderOLBBuffalo Bills
Brian OrakpoOLBTennessee Titans
Dont'a HightowerMLBNew England Patriots
C.J. MosleyMLBBaltimore Ravens
Marcus PetersCBKansas City Chiefs
Aqib TalibCBDenver Broncos
Casey HaywardCBSan Diego Chargers
Chris HarrisCBDenver Broncos
Devin McCourtyFSNew England Patriots
Reggie NelsonFSOakland Raiders
Eric BerrySSKansas City Chiefs
Pat McAfeePIndianapolis Colts
Justin TuckerKBaltimore Ravens
Tyreek HillReturn specialistKansas City Chiefs
Matthew SlaterSpecial teamerNew England Patriots
NFC
Matt RyanQBAtlanta Falcons
Aaron RodgersQBGreen Bay Packers
Dak PrescottQBDallas Cowboys
Ezekiel ElliottRBDallas Cowboys
David JohnsonRBArizona Cardinals
Devonta FreemanRBAtlanta Falcons
Julio JonesWRAtlanta Falcons
Odell BeckhamWRNew York Giants
Mike EvansWRTampa Bay Buccaneers
Larry FitzgeraldWRArizona Cardinals
Tyron SmithOTDallas Cowboys
Trent WilliamsOTWashington
Jason PetersOTPhiladelphia Eagles
Zack MartinOGDallas Cowboys
Brandon ScherffOGWashington
T.J. LangOGGreen Bay Packers
Travis FrederickCDallas Cowboys
Alex MackCAtlanta Falcons
Greg OlsenTECarolina Panthers
Jordan ReedTEWashington
Mike TolbertFBCarolina Panthers
Everson GriffenDEMinnesota Vikings
Cliff AvrilDESeattle Seahawks
Michael BennettDESeattle Seahawks
Aaron DonaldDTLos Angeles Rams
Gerald McCoyDTTampa Bay Buccaneers
Fletcher CoxDTPhiladelphia Eagles
Vic BeasleyOLBAtlanta Falcons
Ryan KerriganOLBWashington
Thomas DavisOLBCarolina Panthers
Bobby WagnerMLBSeattle Seahawks
Luke KuechlyMLBCarolina Panthers
Janoris JenkinsCBNew York Giants
Patrick PetersonCBArizona Cardinals
Richard ShermanCBSeattle Seahawks
Xavier RhodesCBMinnesota Vikings
Harrison SmithFSMinnesota Vikings
Ha Ha Clinton-DixFSGreen Bay Packers
Landon CollinsSSNew York Giants
Johnny HekkerPLos Angeles Rams
Matt BryantKAtlanta Falcons
Cordarrelle PattersonReturn specialistMinnesota Vikings
Dwayne HarrisSpecial teamerNew York Giants
Source: NFL Network

The 2017 Pro Bowl returns to the conference-against-conference format after three years of an unconferenced game in which captains picked the rosters. Another marquee change is the fact it will take place in Florida instead of Hawaii, which removes one of the attractions of the game for some of the players. 

Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay suggested as much, per Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com: "Is the Pro Bowl even in Hawaii no more? It's really pointless. That's what I really wanted to do...That's why I wanted to go. I'd rather just get the All-Pro status and don't go Pro Bowl. Because I just really wanted to go to Hawaii, really wanted to just to go to Hawaii for the free."

Slay doesn't have to worry about that, as Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press noted:

Perhaps the inclusion of the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown will attract more players for the exhibition.

Per an NFL.com release, the skills competitions will feature AFC and NFC All-Stars competing against each other in contests such as dodgeball, a relay race, a passing competition with moving targets and a best hands showdown with receivers and quarterbacks attempting to complete plenty of passes within a time limit.

Jerome Bettis and Ray Lewis will captain the AFC team in the skills competitions, while Tony Gonzalez and Charles Woodson will counter as the NFC captains.

While some skills competitions will likely be more interesting than the Pro Bowl game for plenty of fans, Tuesday's roster announcement served as deserved recognition for some of the league's best players this season.

There are the usual suspects, such as Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, as well as new faces. The NFL responded to Brady's 12th Pro Bowl:

From a league perspective, the Oakland Raiders led the way with seven selections. Quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper headlined the offensive players, while pass-rusher Khalil Mack spearheaded the defensive group for the 11-3 Raiders.

The Atlanta Falcons led all NFC teams with six selections, including offensive playmakers Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman.

The two teams reacted to Tuesday's announcement:

The inclusion of Dallas Cowboys rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott also stands out considering they have led their team to an NFC-best 12-2 record. The two rookies saved the Cowboys after Tony Romo went down due to injury during the preseason and are each in the running for the MVP award because of their roles in Dallas' dominance.

One thing that could keep the likes of Brady, Elliott and Prescott out of the Pro Bowl is the Super Bowl. If the Patriots and Cowboys continue to steamroll their way to wins, they may meet for the Lombardi Trophy the week after the Pro Bowl, which will prevent their players from joining the festivities in Orlando.

That's a tradeoff Cowboys and Patriots fans would love to make.

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