Eli Manning replaces Aaron Rodgers on NFC Pro Bowl squad
While the Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers bashed the event last postseason and called out a few players on the NFC squad for their unprofessional behavior. Aaron Rodgers will miss the Pro Bowl this year due to injuries.
Eli Manning was vote d as a second alternate in last month’s poll. The 32-year-old Eli Manning will appear in his second-career Pro Bowl game. He made the Pro Bowl squad for the first time in 2008 and was named again to the list last season but couldn’t attend the game since the New York Giants were busy with Super Bowl preparations.
Former first round pick Eli Manning will also be playing against brother Peyton Manning, who is the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback and got voted off to the AFC Pro Bowl roster. It is the second time the Manning brothers will faceoff after the 2008 season.
There is a chance of none of the three quarterbacks, originally named to the Pro Bowl NFC roster, being available for the game. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees replaced Robert Griffin III after the Washington Redskins rookie went down in the wild card round and required offseason knee surgery. Although quarterback Matt Ryan is still on the roster, he too could be unavailable if the Atlanta Falcons win the NFC Championship title Sunday, qualifying for the Super Bowl game.
Besides Eli Manning, three other New York Giants players already made the NFC Pro Bowl roster: defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, wide receiver Victor Cruz and guard Chris Snee. It is Jason Pierre-Paul’s second consecutive year on the Pro Bowl roster, after being voted on as a starter last month. Although the other two New York giants player didn’t get voted on as starters, they could eventually wind up doing so. If the San Francisco 49ers survive the NFC Championship game, guard Mike Iupati will be unavailable until sometime in February and Chris Snee could earn the start. On the other, with Detroit Lions’ Calvin Johnson already injured, Victor Cruz could be promoted to starter if Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones is occupied with Super Bowl responsibilities.