Congratulations to quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receiver Reggie Wayne, defensive ends Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney and center Jeff Saturday, for making the 2011 Pro Bowl this year. Out of the thirty-five first time Pro Bowlers, the Colts have a way of preserving their tradition of representing some of the best players in the National Football League.
Peyton Manning is making his 11TH Pro Bowl appearance, Reggie Wayne and Jeff Saturday are both making their fifth consecutive Pro Bowl appearances, defensive ends Dwight Freeney enters his 6th and Robert Mathis with his third consecutive trip to Hawaii. Since the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl began in 1970, the only other defensive end tandems from the same team selected to more than one Pro Bowl together were Clyde Simmons and Reggie White of the Philadelphia Eagles (1991 and 1992 seasons).
Mathis, the fifth-round selection in the 2003 NFL Draft from Alabama A&M, is the second all-time sacks leader in Colts history. In 2010 alone he pulled down 11 sacks, the seventh consecutive season he has had at least seven sacks, and the fifth time in the last six seasons he has led the Colts in the category.
Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne have made history who rank first among active quarterback and wide receiver tandems, while ranking 2nd all-time in completions and 6th all-time in touch down connections.
My, what a difference a year makes. Just one year ago, they were preparing for the Super Bowl against the New Orleans Saints and now handpicked to play in the Pro Bowl. Although very grateful, it can be argued that every player on the field wants to be preparing for just one more game, the Super Bowl.
This 40th Pro Bowl marks a tie breaker game, with the NFC winning twenty games and the AFC racking up twenty wins as well. The teams will play not only for bragging rights, but a nice check as well.
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