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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Manning, other QBs were most deserving

By ESPN Stats & Information

Frank Victores/US PresswirePeyton Manning is now the all-time leader in yet another statistical category.

Add another to the list of accolades with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning setting a record when Pro Bowl selections were announced on Wednesday night.

Manning became the first quarterback to be selected to the Pro Bowl 12 times, breaking the mark he previously shared with Brett Favre.

The quarterback selections jibe with the rankings of quarterbacks by Total QBR. The three AFC quarterbacks selected are the top three in the conference in QBR (Manning, Tom Brady, and Matt Schaub).

The three NFC quarterbacks (among those who played in at least half their team’s games) who rank highest in QBR also made it, with Robert Griffin III joining Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan.

Rodgers has been tabbed the starter, though his Total QBR ranks slightly below Ryan’s.

Griffin III was the only rookie quarterback selected, with both Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson omitted. Luck ranks fourth in the AFC in Total QBR. Wilson ranks fifth behind the three who made it and 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (Colin Kaepernick has a higher Total QBR as well, though he’s only started six of the 49ers 15 games).

Also of note:
• Manning and Champ Bailey are the ninth and 10th players to be selected to a dozen Pro Bowls, a list headed by Bruce Matthews, who had 14.

Manning and Bailey were two of five selections from the 13-win Broncos. In an odd quirk, the Kansas City Chiefs, who have only two wins this season, also have five Pro Bowl selections.

• A former Chief-- Tony Gonzalez -- moved to within one of the all-time lead in Pro Bowl selections, earning his 13th. That’s the most selections among active players.

Gonzalez has been selected to every Pro Bowl but one (2009) since the 1999 season.

• The San Francisco 49ers had the most Pro Bowl selections with nine. It’s the second straight year that the 49ers had the most selections. They also had nine last season.

The last team with at least nine selections in consecutive years was the San Diego Chargers in 2006 and 2007. The 49ers last did so in 1994 and 1995 (10 each).

The Houston Texans had a franchise-best eight selections. In their previous 10 seasons, they averaged two selections per year.

• Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh, who set an NFL record for most field goals of 50 or more yards in a season was the other rookie pick. He is the first rookie kicker selected since Nick Folk of the Dallas Cowboys in 2007. The last prior to Folk was Ali Haji-Sheikh in 1983

Only two rookies were selected on the initial picks (Griffin and Walsh). If that holds up (and it likely won’t once replacements are announced), it would be the fewest since there were none in 2004.