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NFL announces Pro Bowl rosters

Posted Dec 26, 2012

After collecting votes from fans, players and coaches, the NFL has announced the roster for the 2013 Pro Bowl. The AFC and NFC All-Star squads are based on the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 43-man rosters that represent the AFC and NFC in the Pro Bowl.

Four Bills had been among the leaders up to the conclusion of the fan polling, but none garnered enough votes to be named to the AFC squad, although alternates will be selected at a later date.

Jairus Byrd, with 116,761 votes, finished second in the fan voting portion to Ravens S Ed Reed atop the AFC safeties list. He tied for the AFC lead with five interceptions, and has also forced four fumbles with six pass breakups in 2012. His 18 picks since entering the NFL in 2009 are tied for third-most overall.

Leodis McKelvin garnered 66,809 votes, fourth-most for an AFC kick returner. McKelvin, is the only player in the NFL with two punt returns for touchdowns in 2012. He held the league lead for punt return average at 18.7 yards per return and ranked fourth (28.3 yards/return) in kickoff return average.

Kyle Williams (197,391 votes) finished fourth among fan voting for AFC defensive tackles. A Pro Bowler in 2010, Williams leads the Bills defensive interior this season with 5.0 sacks and 40 tackles (26 solo).

C.J. Spiller is now averaging 6.48 yards per carry through the first 15 games, which would be a Bills team record, eclipsing O.J. Simpson’s single season mark of 6.03 in 1973 (6.03). It would also top Jim Brown’s mark of 6.4, which is the best since 1963. Spiller (6.48) has become the fifth player since 1960 with an average of 6.0 or better with at least 150 carries through 15 games joining Brown (6.4), Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles (6.39 in 2010) and Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson (6.04 this year)

Here are the complete rosters for both Pro Bowl squads:

AFC

Quarterback *-Peyton Manning, Denver, Tom Brady, New England, Matt Schaub, Houston
Running back *Arian Foster, Houston, Jamaal Charles, Kansas City, Ray Rice, Baltimore
Fullback *-Vonta Leach, Baltimore
Wide receiver *-A.J. Green, Cincinnati, *-Andre Johnson, Houston, Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis, Wes Welker, New England
Tight end *-Rob Gronkowski, New England, Heath Miller, Pittsburgh
Tackle *-Joe Thomas, Cleveland, *-Duane Brown, Houston, Ryan Clady, Denver
Guard *-Logan Mankins, New England, *-Marshal Yanda, Baltimore, Wade Smith, Houston
Center *-Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh, Chris Myers, Houston

Defense
Position Player(s)
Defensive end *-J.J. Watt, Houston, *-Cameron Wake, Miami, Elvis Dumervil, Denver
Interior linemen *-Geno Atkins, Cincinnati, *-Vince Wilfork, New England, Haloti Ngata, Baltimore
Outside linebacker *-Von Miller, Denver, *-Tamba Hali, Kansas City, Robert Mathis, Indianapolis
Inside/Middle linebacker *-Jerod Mayo, New England, Derrick Johnson, Kansas City, Cornerback *-Champ Bailey, Denver, *-Johnathan Joseph, Houston, Antonio Cromartie, N.Y. Jets
Free safety *-Ed Reed, Baltimore
Strong safety *-Eric Berry, Kansas City, LaRon Landry, N.Y. Jets

Special teams
Position Player(s)
Punter Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City
Placekicker Phil Dawson, Cleveland
Kick returner Jacoby Jones, Baltimore
Special-teamer Matthew Slater, New England

NFC
Quarterback *-Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay, Matt Ryan, Atlanta, Robert Griffin III, Washington
Running back *-Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, Marshawn Lynch, Seattle, Frank Gore, San Francisco
Fullback *-Jerome Felton, Minnesota
Wide receiver *-Calvin Johnson, Detroit, *-Brandon Marshall, Chicago, Julio Jones, Atlanta, Victor Cruz, N.Y. Giants
Tight end *-Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta, Jason Witten, Dallas
Tackle *-Joe Staley, San Francisco, *-Russell Okung, Seattle, Trent Williams, Washington
Guard *-Mike Iupati, San Francisco, *-Jahri Evans, New Orleans, Chris Snee, N.Y. Giants
Center *-Max Unger, Seattle, Jeff Saturday, Green Bay

Defense
Position Player(s)
Defensive end *-Jason Pierre-Paul, N.Y. Giants, *-Julius Peppers, Chicago, Jared Allen, Minnesota
Interior linemen *-Justin Smith, San Francisco, *-Henry Melton, Chicago, Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay
Outside linebacker *-Aldon Smith, San Francisco, *-DeMarcus Ware, Dallas, Clay Matthews, Green Bay
Inside/Middle linebacker *-Patrick Willis, San Francisco, NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco
Cornerback *-Charles Tillman, Chicago, *-Tim Jennings, Chicago, Patrick Peterson, Arizona
Free safety *-Dashon Goldson, San Francisco, Earl Thomas, Seattle
Strong safety *-Donte Whitner, San Francisco

Special teams
Position Player(s)
Punter Thomas Morstead, New Orleans
Placekicker Blair Walsh, Minnesota
Kick returner Leon Washington, Seattle
Special-teamer Lorenzo Alexander, Washington