Andrew Luck steps up for Tom Brady in Pro Bowl
The eight-time Pro Bowl selection Tom Brady hasn’t appeared in the game the past six-times, and last played in it during 2005.
The 23-year-old Andrew Luck had a spectacular rookie season breaking several franchise and league records as he led the Indianapolis Colts to a 11-5 record and playoffs appearance just a year removed from their 2-14 record last season. Andrew Luck set a rookie passing yards record (4,374), another for most passing attempts (627) and for most 300-yard passing games (six). The Indianapolis Colts’ No.1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft Andrew Luck also established a single-game record for passing yards by a rookie (433) during his team’s Week 9 win over the Miami Dolphins. Andrew Luck also set the most regular season wins (11) by an overall No.1 pick in recent NFL history. Andrew Luck also made a benchmark with his seven game-winning fourth quarter drives this season.
Andrew Luck was just one of the six replacements named to the AFC Pro Bowl squad on Monday. Five of those players who withdrew from the Pro Bowl were with the Philadelphia Eagles, who took on a pile of injuries following Saturday’s AFC title loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
New England Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski, receiver Wes Welker, and guard Logan Mankins all pulled out of the Pro Bowl. Replacing them on the AFC Pro Bowl roster were: Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels and Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas as well as Zane Beadles, respectively. New England Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork also withdrew from the Pro Bowl.
Meanwhile Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, as well as Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller and defensive tackle Kyle Williams replaced Baltimore Ravens teammates Ray Lewis, Haloti Ngata and Marshall Yanda on the AFC Pro Bowl roster.
Andrew Luck joins two other Indianapolis Colts players: wide receiver Reggie Wayne and linebacker Robert Mathis – who’ll be appearing in Sunday’s Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii. Reggie Wayne will mark his sixth-career Pro Bowl appearance while Robert Mathis is onto his fifth.