Pro Bowl Rosters Announced, Led By Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson

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One year ago, it was uncertain whether Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson would even suit up in 2012, due to a pair of gruesome injuries.

But now the former is headed for the playoffs, the latter may set the all-time rushing record and both stars have been named Pro Bowl starters.

Pro Bowl players

The NFL announced the rosters last night for its meaningless postseason celebration, with Manning under center for the AFC and Peterson in the backfield for the NFC.

With an asterisk denoting the starters, here is a look at the selected offensive and defensive players for both conferences:

AFC OFFENSE
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

AFC DEFENSE
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

AFC SPECIALISTS
Punter
Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City

Kicker
Phil Dawson, Cleveland

Kick returner
Jacoby Jones, Baltimore

Special-teamer
Matthew Slater, New England

NFC OFFENSE
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

NFC DEFENSE
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*

NFC SPECIALISTS
Punter
Thomas Morstead, New Orleans

Place-kicker
Blair Walsh, Minnesota

Kick returner
Leon Washington, Seattle

Special-teamer
Lorenzo Alexander, Washington

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