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2012 Pro Bowl Teams Picked – Five Saints Included

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The NFL announced it’s 2011 Pro Bowl rosters on Tuesday, and five members of the New Orleans Saints were named to the NFC squad.

Quarterback Drew Brees, tight end Jimmy Graham, and offensive linemen Jermon Bushrod, Jahri Evans, and Carl Nicks were all tabbed Pro Bowlers.

Brees, who was named the NFC back-up, behind starter Aaron Rodgers, of the Green Bay Packers, broke Dan Marino’s single-season record for passing yards, throwing for 5,087 yards this season, with still one game remaining.

Brees has completed 440-of-622 passes this season, 41 of them for touchdowns.

Graham has been one of Brees’s favorite targets this year, catching 91 passes, for 1,213 yards, and ten touchdowns.

The  San Francisco 49ers have the most representatives on the NFC squad, with eight, followed by the Packers, with seven.

In the AFC, the New England Patriots have eight players on the squad, followed by the Baltimore Ravens, with seven.

Former LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, a rookie with the Arizona Cardinals, was named to the NFC team as a kick return specialist.

Here’s the list of players from ESPN.com of the complete Pro Bowl rosters. The game will be played a week before the Super Bowl on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 in Honolulu. (* Denotes starter.)

 

AFC OFFENSE

Quarterback

* Tom Brady, New England

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh

Philip Rivers, San Diego

Running back

* Ray Rice, Baltimore

Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville

Arian Foster, Houston

Fullback

*Vonta Leach, Baltimore

Wide receiver

* Wes Welker, New England

* Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh

A.J. Green, Cincinnati

Brandon Marshall, Miami

Tight end

* Rob Gronkowski, New England

Antonio Gates, San Diego

Tackle

* Joe Thomas, Cleveland

* Jake Long, Miami

D’Brickashaw Ferguson, N.Y. Jets

Guard

* Logan Mankins, New England

* Brian Waters, New England

Marshal Yanda, Baltimore

Center

* Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh

Nick Mangold, N.Y. Jets

 

AFC DEFENSE

Defensive end

* Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis

* Andre Carter, New England

Elvis Dumervil, Denver

Interior linemen

* Haloti Ngata, Baltimore

* Vince Wilfork, New England

Richard Seymour, Oakland

Outside linebacker

* Terrell Suggs, Baltimore

* Von Miller, Denver

Tamba Hali, Kansas City

Inside/midde linebacker

* Ray Lewis, Baltimore

Derrick Johnson, Kansas City

Cornerback

* Darrelle Revis, N.Y. Jets

* Champ Bailey, Denver

Johnathan Joseph, Houston

Free safety

* Ed Reed, Baltimore

Eric Weddle, San Diego

Strong safety

* Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh

 

AFC SPECIALISTS

 

Punter

Shane Lechler, Oakland

Place-kicker

Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland

Kick returner

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

Special-teamer

Matthew Slater, New England

 

NFC OFFENSE

 

Quarterback

* Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay

Drew Brees, New Orleans

Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants

Running back

* LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia

Matt Forte, Chicago

Frank Gore, San Francisco

Fullback

* John Kuhn, Green Bay

Wide receiver

* Calvin Johnson, Detroit

* Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona

Steve Smith, Carolina

Greg Jennings, Green Bay

Tight end

* Jimmy Graham, New Orleans

Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta

Tackle

* Jason Peters, Philadelphia

* Joe Staley, San Francisco

Jermon Bushrod, New Orleans

Guard

* Jahri Evans, New Orleans

* Carl Nicks, New Orleans

Davin Joseph, Tampa Bay

Center

* Ryan Kalil, Carolina

Scott Wells, Green Bay

 

NFC DEFENSE

 

Defensive end

* Jared Allen, Minnesota

* Jason Babin, Philadelphia

Jason Pierre-Paul, N.Y. Giants

Interior linemen

* Justin Smith, San Francisco

* Jay Ratliff, Dallas

B.J. Raji, Green Bay

Outside linebacker

* DeMarcus Ware, Dallas

* Clay Matthews, Green Bay

Lance Briggs, Chicago

Inside/midde linebacker

* Patrick Willis, San Francisco

Brian Urlacher, Chicago

Cornerback

* Charles Woodson, Green Bay

* Carlos Rogers, San Francisco

Charles Tillman, Chicago

Free safety

* Earl Thomas, Seattle

Dashon Goldson, San Francisco

Strong safety

* Adrian Wilson, Arizona

 

NFC SPECIALISTS

 

Punter

Andy Lee, San Francisco

Place-kicker

David Akers, San Francisco

Kick returner

Patrick Peterson, Arizona

Special-teamer

Corey Graham, Chicago

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