Michael Vick and Tom Brady named starting Pro Bowl quarterbacks
NEW YORK: Michael Vick and Tom Brady were named starting quarterbacks for the NFL's Pro Bowl game on Tuesday based on voting by fans, coaches and players.
Three-times Pro Bowler Vick gains his selection after producing dynamic form for the Philadelphia Eagles following his controversial return to the league this year.
The former number one draft choice, who had become the highest-paid player in the NFL, served 19 months in prison for his involvement in an illegal dog-fighting ring.
New England's Brady, who has led the Patriots to a 13-2 record this season, will make his sixth Pro Bowl appearance.
The Patriots have the most players on the AFC squad with six including guard Logan Mankins and interior lineman Vince Wilfork.
The Atlanta Falcons, whose quarterback Matt Ryan will be appearing in the Pro Bowl for the first time, have a conference-high seven players in the NFC squad. Defending Super Bowl champions New Orleans have just three players selected, among them in-form quarterback Drew Brees.
There was no place, however, for Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson, who recorded 1,325 rushing yards in the first 16 weeks this season, or Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Four teams-the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks-were not represented by any players following the voting.
The Pro Bowl, the NFL's All-Star game, will take place at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 30. -Reuters
NBA-best Spurs rout Bryant and reeling Lakers
SAN ANTONIO: Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili were on the bench before the final horn, and not because of their bad shooting nights. That's how easy it was for the San Antonio Spurs. -Reuters