On Wednesday, the NFL announced the rosters for the NFC and AFC squads for this year's Pro Bowl in Honolulu. The NFC side will feature arguably the league's best running back and wide receiver, as well as one of its best quarterbacks and its standout rookie.
Aaron Rodgers was tabbed as the NFC's starting quarterback, leading a trio that includes Robert Griffin III and Matt Ryan. Adrian Peterson's impressive comeback season got him a Pro Bowl nod as the starting running back, with Marshawn Lynch and Frank Gore as reserves. Out wide, Calvin Johnson was named a starter, as was Brandon Marshall, with Julio Jones and Victor Cruz backing them up. Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten are the tight ends, and the offensive line will feature two 49ers—Joe Staley and Mike Iupati—and two Seahawks—Russell Okung and Max Unger.
Defensively, Jason Pierre-Paul and Julius Peppers are the defensive ends, with Justin Smith and Chicago's Henry Melton as the tackles. The linebackers are led by DeMarcus Ware, Clay Matthews and Patrick Willis. The Bears' starting cornerback tandem of Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings will be united in Honolulu. Likewise at safety, with San Francisco's Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner joining the team.
On special teams, Thomas Morstead will punt, Blair Walsh will place-kick, and Leon Washington will return kicks.
Leading the snubs are Dez Bryant and Richard Sherman, along with Roddy White and Vincent Jackson.
San Francisco led the NFC and the league in selections with nine. Chicago had five players chosen. Dallas will send two players, Ware and Witten.
The Pro Bowl will take place Jan. 27 in Honolulu.