Michael Vick and Tom Brady named start­ing Pro Bowl quar­ter­backs

The Pak Banker - - I Nternational -

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

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