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.