Peyton Manning joins six ex-Vols for Pro Bowl

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning sets to throw a pass in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning sets to throw a pass in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson want to cap their sensational comebacks with Super Bowl appearances. For now, they can be proud of Pro Bowl spots.

So can Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, one of two rookies chosen Wednesday for the Jan. 27 NFL all-star game in Honolulu.

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, whose 12th Pro Bowl is a record for quarterbacks. He ranks fourth in league passing this year with 4,355 yards, 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. Bailey's 12th appearance is a record for defensive backs.

"My goal has always been to go out and help the team win and play at a high level," Manning added. "Anything that comes along with that, like being honored as a Pro Bowl selection, is very humbling."

A school-record tying six former University of Tennessee players were selected. Named as AFC starters along with Manning were Kansas City strong safety Eric Berry, Kansas City punter Dustin Colquitt, Houston running back Arian Foster andNew England linebacker Jerod Mayo. Dallas tight end Jason Witten is a backup in the NFC.

UT, Georgia and Miami all six former playersselected. UT had six former players selected in 2011.

Colquitt, a graduate of Bearden High School, will play in his first Pro Bowl. Hehas set a single-season Chiefs record with 42 punts inside the 20-yard line and is averaging a career-high 46.85 yards per punt.

It will be the second Pro Bowl for Mayo. Mayo has a team-leading 179 tackles.

Berry, who missed most of the 2011 season with a torn ACL, was selected for the second time. He has 80 tackles, including 68 solo and one interception.

Foster was selected for the third consecutive year. Foster ranks second in the AFC with 1,328 rushing yards and leads the NFL with 14 rushing touchdowns and 15 total touchdowns.

Witten will make his eighth appearance. He broke the NFL record for most catches in a season by a tight endwith 103.

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.

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.

San Francisco had the most players selected, nine, including six on defense. Houston was next with eight, six on offense.

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez set the record for Pro Bowls at his position by being chosen for the 13th time.

Eight teams had no Pro Bowl players: Carolina, Philadelphia and St. Louis in the NFC, Tennessee, Buffalo, Jacksonville, San Diego and Oakland in the AFC.

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traderjoe writes:

That's the kinda talent we need again...it can be done if we have great recruiters...we certainly have the facilities and the tradition.

VolzsFan writes:

We will never see that type of talent pass through here again. Get used to it.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

Does this mean Payton won't be coaching the Vols?

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

We will never see that type of talent pass through here again. Get used to it.

Thanks for being so positive. I'm certainly glad my life isn't as grim as yours.

SummittsCourt writes:

Congrats to all 6!

SevenT writes:

Those are all Fulmer recruits.

realistic_vol_fan writes:

Witten set a record for catches by a tight end and he's a back up on the NFC side. You did the voting on that?

6972 writes:

Congratulation to all those Vols. Thanks for the memories and and thanks for choosing Tn for your college days.

crappieking writes:

in response to SevenT:

Those are all Fulmer recruits.

I agree. Too bad he stopped recruiting 5 years before he was fired. He lost his edge, and the younger minds of the SEC passed him by.

manning_berry_special_player1614 writes:

how can i ad the other 4 to my name? congrats men

FWBVol writes:

in response to crappieking:

I agree. Too bad he stopped recruiting 5 years before he was fired. He lost his edge, and the younger minds of the SEC passed him by.

Three of those guys; Mayo, Berry and Foster were all guys and maybe a fourth -- Colquitt were all players that Fulmer recruited in his last five years. At the time Fulmer was fired, UT was set to have a top 10 recruiting class.

I'm not saying it wasn't time for him to go, but I still think giving a guy that won 150 games one more year at his alma mater wouldn't have been too much to ask. There is no way, even if the program had not lived up to the bar Fulmer set earlier, that we would be in as bad of shape as we are now in football.

Noogaorange writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

We will never see that type of talent pass through here again. Get used to it.

You don't sound like a Vols fan to me Mr. Pessimistic.

We don't need your stupid posts for pete's sake!

And you are wrong...all programs cycle up and down.

We are getting ready for the up cycle now.

GBO VFL17

GOJO writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Three of those guys; Mayo, Berry and Foster were all guys and maybe a fourth -- Colquitt were all players that Fulmer recruited in his last five years. At the time Fulmer was fired, UT was set to have a top 10 recruiting class.

I'm not saying it wasn't time for him to go, but I still think giving a guy that won 150 games one more year at his alma mater wouldn't have been too much to ask. There is no way, even if the program had not lived up to the bar Fulmer set earlier, that we would be in as bad of shape as we are now in football.

Amen. A top ten recruiting class waiting in the wings was not bad. We haven't seen it since, & aren't likely to for awhile, Sure we had a down year, but as someone else posted "all programs cycle up and down"
The howling wolves have tried to justify the actions of the incompetent administration ever since.
Welcome to the Big East. Maybe it will work out.

KINGKONG writes:

There is no such thing as a ex-vol.Once you are a Vol,you are a Vol for life.Blood in blood out,who ever wrote this report must be from out of town a newbie.

PUL4VOLS writes:

GO VOLS who made it, even though I see no point in the PROBOWL!

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

in response to crappieking:

I agree. Too bad he stopped recruiting 5 years before he was fired. He lost his edge, and the younger minds of the SEC passed him by.

So instead of firing a coach for losing games we should now fire them for losing "their edge" ?

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to PUL4VOLS:

GO VOLS who made it, even though I see no point in the PROBOWL!

I'm not into the Pro Bowl either. I just like seeing anyting positive involving UT players, past or present. Congrats to Peyton, Dustin, EB, Arian, Witten, and Mayo for representing the Big Orange Nation with class.

oskie_score writes:

Congratulations to our NFL (VFL) Vols --- school-record tying six--- named to the Pro Bowl! Representing well!

Congratulations to Peyton on achieving 12 Pro Bowls --- a record for QB's!

Peyton Manning -
"My goal has always been to go out and help the team win and play at a high level," Manning added. "Anything that comes along with that, like being honored as a Pro Bowl selection, is very humbling."

Always a gentlemen. Always a professional. A great Ambassador of / for the University of Tennessee.

golfman1975 writes:

Let me see...Mr Manning is a pro style QB and missed no games this year..about 37 years old.
Mr Griffin from Washington missed a game as a dual threat QB and only 21 (not sure..he is a rookie). That one game missed can be the difference between getting to the playoffs or not. The same thing holds true in college football...a QB misses a big game and the TEAM misses out on a championship. How long do you think Griffin will play in the NFL?

Colliervol writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

We will never see that type of talent pass through here again. Get used to it.

There you go using that word "we" again. Please refrain. You are not one of us.

Colliervol writes:

in response to ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER:

So instead of firing a coach for losing games we should now fire them for losing "their edge" ?

Pretty much the same thing isn't it? Most losing coaches either lost their edge or never had it.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to JBVols1698:

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Typo, jerkoff.

iowavol writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Three of those guys; Mayo, Berry and Foster were all guys and maybe a fourth -- Colquitt were all players that Fulmer recruited in his last five years. At the time Fulmer was fired, UT was set to have a top 10 recruiting class.

I'm not saying it wasn't time for him to go, but I still think giving a guy that won 150 games one more year at his alma mater wouldn't have been too much to ask. There is no way, even if the program had not lived up to the bar Fulmer set earlier, that we would be in as bad of shape as we are now in football.

Perfect and accurate response.

Fulmer's mistake was hanging on to Sanders too long and being wishy washy on Clawson's offense. Recruiting did decline somewhat because he was typically in the top 5. But the top ten class Kiffin ran off was legit.

The drop in recruiting was more the influx of hot new coaches in the SEC in Richt, Meyer, Miles and then Saban. Spurrier eventually started to put a fence around SC, but that took him a while (he was never a great recruiter anyway).

People want to say Fulmer got lazy but that's so far from the truth. At the time he was fired, TN had the largest recruiting budget in the country. Why, because Fulmer and his coaches had to recruit the whole country unlike Richt, Meyer, Saban and Miles. We fired the best coach Tn ever had, but that's history. We can't go back. Let's get behind this Jones character and hope he can salvage something of a recruiting class. I have no doubt our defense will be better next year.

lstbodeanvol writes:

ANY GATOR QBS INVITED ????? NOT... LOL GO VOLS

Southland writes:

I miss coach Fulmer. He lost his fire and he made a terrible hire for his offensive coordinator and it killed his chance to bring things back to where he had it. He must be making some good money and enjoying his life now because even if he is not a hot canidate for a coach one would have to think he has been looked at as an AD at some colleges.

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