Peyton, Peterson, RG3 make Pro Bowl

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 26, 2012
Sensational comebacks have Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson headed for the Pro Bowl. Also selected Wednesday to the NFL's all-star game was Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. Manning missed all of the 2011 season with neck and back problems that required several operations. He then signed with Denver as a free agent and has led the Broncos on a 10-game winning streak to take the AFC West. ''I know there's great players out there in the NFL, but there's some great players on this team this year that deserve to go,'' said Manning, who ranks fourth in league passing, has thrown 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Four other Broncos made the AFC roster: DE Elvis Dumervil, linebacker Von Miller, CB Champ Bailey and tackle Ryan Clady. Minnesota's Peterson tore up his left knee on Christmas Eve last year, underwent major surgery, then was back for the season opener. He's gone from uncertain to unstoppable, running away with the rushing title with a career-high 1,898 yards and lifting the Vikings toward an NFC wild card. ''Coming into the season after going through the rehab process, I just told myself that I wanted to lead my team to a championship and make sure that I contribute and do my part,'' Peterson said. ''I've been doing it.'' Griffin is one of three rookie QBs who had superb debut seasons, along with Andrew Luck of Indianapolis and Russell Wilson of Seattle. Luck and Wilson weren't voted to the Pro Bowl by players coaches and fans, although their teams are in the playoffs; Griffin can get to the postseason if Washington beats Dallas on Sunday. ''You can't play down those kind of things,'' Griffin said. ''I've always said my whole football career that you don't play for awards. They just come. You don't say you're going to win the Heisman. You don't say you're going to win MVP. You go out and you prove it on the field, and if everyone feels that way then they'll give you that award.'' San Francisco had the most players selected, nine, including six from its second-ranked defense. Houston was next with eight, six on offense. Kansas City, despite its 2-13 record that is tied with Jacksonville for worst in the league, had five Pro Bowlers, including RB Jamaal Charles, who like Peterson is coming back from a torn ACL. One other rookie, Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh, was chosen. Walsh has nine field goals of at least 50 yards, an NFL mark. Another record setter will be heading to Honolulu for the Jan. 27 Pro Bowl: Detroit WR Calvin Johnson. Johnson broke Jerry Rice's single-season yards receiving record and has 1,892 yards with a game left.
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