Packers C Jeff Saturday, who announced late last week he was retiring after the Pro Bowl, switched sides momentarily in Sunday’s all-star game in Hawaii to take one last snap with his longtime teammate, QB Peyton Manning.
Saturday and Manning played a dozen years together as Indianapolis Colts and went to two Super Bowls together. According to Saturday, Manning orchestrated the switcheroo and tribute snap. Saturday played his final NFL season for the Packers in 2012 while Manning is now with the Denver Broncos.
The NFC, coached by the Packers coaching staff, defeated the AFC, 62-35. The only other Packers player to participate in the game was G Josh Sitton, who was appearing in his first Pro Bowl.
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Packers G Josh Sitton has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster. Sitton was a first alternate at guard, and he was named to the team on Sunday when the 49ers advanced to the Super Bowl. San Francisco G Mike Iupati — a Pro Bowl starter for the NFC — will not be participating in the all-star game.
It’s the first Pro Bowl nod for Sitton, who has been an alternate in the past. The Packers coaching staff is coaching the NFC squad for the second straight year. The Pro Bowl is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 27, in Hawaii.
Sitton started every game at right guard for the Packers this past season — all 16 in the regular season and both playoff contests.
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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said on his weekly radio show on Tuesday that he will not play in this year’s Pro Bowl due to injuries.
Rodgers didn’t get into many details, but he said he didn’t pass his physical. He specifically mentioned an ongoing ankle issue. He was also kicked in the calf back in Week 6 in Houston and noted how painful that was.
The only other Packers currently on the NFC’s Pro Bowl roster are LB Clay Matthews and C Jeff Saturday, but alternates could still be named to the team over the next week.
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For the second straight year, the Packers coaching staff will coach the NFC in the Pro Bowl.
This year’s game will take place on Sunday, Jan. 27, at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii. Last year, the AFC beat the NFC, 59-41, after which Packers QB Aaron Rodgers criticized a lack of effort by players on both sides.
The Packers coaching staff got the assignment by virtue of being the highest-seeded NFC team to lose in the divisional round of the playoffs. The Packers were the No. 3 seed. The top two seeds, Atlanta and San Francisco, are playing next weekend for the NFC Championship. Last year, the Packers were the NFC’s top seed but also lost in the divisional round.
The Broncos were the AFC’s top seed this year but lost in double overtime last weekend, so Denver’s coaching staff, led by John Fox, will coach the AFC squad.
This will be Mike McCarthy’s third time as the head coach of the NFC. He also coached the squad following the 2007 season, after the Packers lost in the NFC Championship. Back then, the Pro Bowl was played one week after the Super Bowl, and the coaching staffs of the teams that lost in the conference title games coached the Pro Bowl. Now, the game is played the week before the Super Bowl.
The Packers have three players on this year’s NFC Pro Bowl roster — QB Aaron Rodgers, who is the starter, plus LB Clay Matthews and C Jeff Saturday. Other Packers still have a chance to make it as alternates because players from the teams participating in the Super Bowl do not go to the Pro Bowl, and others drop out for injuries and various additional reasons.
G Josh Sitton is a first alternate, and San Francisco G Mike Iupati is the NFC starter at the position. If the 49ers reach the Super Bowl, Sitton will be added to the NFC roster. Packers KR Randall Cobb is also a first alternate, though Seattle’s Leon Washington was the NFC selection at that position and the Seahawks were eliminated this past weekend.
Other Packers named alternates were FB John Kuhn, DL B.J. Raji, CB Tramon Williams and DB Charles Woodson.
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QUARTERBACK AARON RODGERS
(what the recognition means to him)
“It’s an honor to be voted in, knowing that it’s a combination of the fans, my fellow players and the coaches. To be recognized by all of those people, it’s pretty special.”
(on dealing with some changes this season as far as injuries, roster moves, etc.)
“I’ve always put a lot of pressure on myself to play well every week. I have high expectations, I know this organization and my teammates do as well, they expect me to play well. We’ve had some personnel changes and injuries this year, but guys have stepped up and we’ve been fortunate to keep it rolling. I know I personally prepare to be successful, Monday through Saturday, and I think that’s why you see some of the success on the field on Sundays. I put a lot of time into it, I care about it, it means a lot to me, and I know my teammates are counting on me to play well every week.”
LINEBACKER CLAY MATTHEWS
(his reaction to being selected)
“It means a great deal to me to continue to maintain the success on a personal level year-in and year-out, but ultimately this is a testament to the team that we have. The players around me, the coaching staff, the personnel department, and everybody who is involved with allowing me to do the things I can do on the field and helping to put me in a position to excel.”
(on being the first Packer to be selected to the Pro Bowl each of his first four seasons in the NFL)
“It’s pretty special to hear something like that. Obviously, there have been so many great players to have come through here, so it is very meaningful. But to me, making the Pro Bowl again really speaks a great deal to the team we have and what we’ve been able to accomplish over these past four years in my short tenure here. Hopefully it’s an early foreshadowing of things to come as far as the success not only for myself, but for this team.”
CENTER JEFF SATURDAY
(what the recognition means to him)
“Obviously, it’s always an honor. Anytime you get to go to the Pro Bowl, it is an honor and you appreciate everyone, the players, coaches and fans that voted for you. As an offensive lineman, it is nice to get the award.”
(what it has been like for him to be with a new organization and new teammates)
“It has been fun. I have enjoyed the young guys and playing next to new guys for me. I am disappointed for Josh Sitton; I think he should be there. It is disappointing for me, for him. I would love to be able to pass it to him. He is a tough player and has played very well all season. I respect the heck out of the way he has played and it has been fun to play next to him. I’ve had fun playing with T.J. (Lang) and Evan (Dietrich-Smith). These guys have been a lot of fun to play with and obviously you depend on those guys. They make you look a lot better on game film, so I am very appreciative to those guys as well.”
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Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers ranks fourth in the Pro Bowl voting amongst all NFL players, according to the league.
Broncos QB Peyton Manning has the most votes, with 586,523, followed by Patriots QB Tom Brady (534,020), Texans RB Arian Foster (519,261), Rodgers (485,196) and Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (484,227).
In addition to Rodgers, four other Packers lead the NFC voting at their respective positions. They are FB John Kuhn, C Jeff Saturday, OLB Clay Matthews and S Charles Woodson.
Pro Bowl voting continues through Monday, Dec. 17, and counts one-third in the selection process for the annual all-star game. Fans can vote by clicking here.
The Pro Bowl rosters will be announced at 6 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Dec. 26, on NFL Network’s “Total Access”.
The 2013 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 and televised live on NBC at 6 p.m. CT from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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It’s election season in the NFL. Fans can begin voting to select players for the 2013 Pro Bowl, the NFL’s annual All-Star Game. Voting is available online here:
Balloting will conclude on Monday, December 17 following the conclusion of Monday Night Football (New York Jets at Tennessee Titans, ESPN, 7:30 pm (CT)). The teams will be announced at 6 pm (CT) Wednesday, December 26 on NFL Network.
The 2013 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 27, 2013 and televised live on NBC at 6 pm (CT) from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The AFC and NFC All-Star squads are based on the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 43-man rosters that represent the American Football Conference and National Football Conference in the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on December 20-21.
The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. It was the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was the league’s top vote-getter last year, with 1,581,982 fan votes.
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QB Aaron Rodgers told Milwaukee radio station 540 ESPN that he plans to play in the Pro Bowl, for which he was voted the NFC starter. The Pro Bowl is slated for Jan. 29 in Honolulu.
The Packers coaching staff will be coaching the NFC squad in Hawaii, with practices beginning next week.
Other Packers named to the Pro Bowl squad were CB Charles Woodson, LB Clay Matthews, NT B.J. Raji, FB John Kuhn, C Scott Wells and WR Greg Jennings. Whether or not all of them will play isn’t known. Kuhn was injured in the NFC divisional playoff loss to the Giants. Along with Kuhn, Raji and Wells are first-time Pro Bowlers.
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FULLBACK JOHN KUHN
(how it feels to be recognized like this)
“It’s just really an honor, because it means that the fans out there really appreciate you, it means your peers, your players, appreciate you, and it means that your coaches, the people that are directly involved in game plans, appreciate you. That’s very special to me. Some awards out there are voted on in all different kinds of ways, but the fact that I can say my peers, my coaches and the fans all really appreciate me, that means more than anything.”
(why he feels he received the honor and what his biggest contributions to the team are)
“I think it’s the fact that I’m versatile at fullback. I can play the traditional fullback role and lead-block, and the coaches also entrust the ball-carrying opportunities that I have. I think the combination of the two of those really gets my name out there.”
(whether the chanting of his name at Lambeau Field will get louder now)
“I can imagine. The fans, they are truly football fans here in Wisconsin. They won’t let this one slide by.”
NOSE TACKLE B.J. RAJI
(his reaction to being named to the team)
“I was pretty excited. It’s one of those things with the position that I play, a lot of times you kind of feel like your contributions go unnoticed, but this is just confirmation that somebody out there is noticing the work I’ve put in and some of the plays I make, and I’m appreciative for that.”
(on getting voted in despite playing a less glamorous position in the 3-4 defense)
“Like I said, it just shows me that the real football minds and the people that understand the game are able to make decisions based off of the film and not necessarily just off of popularity and things like that. It’s good to know that it’s a balanced process.”
(whether it’s even more rewarding after the disappointment of having not gotten in last season)
“I think it’s fitting in a way. Things have kind of aligned with the goals I set for myself when my career started. My No. 1 goal was to win the Super Bowl, and we were able to achieve that first and foremost, and that was the priority and how I had prioritized it. And then the second was obviously making the Pro Bowl, and now that I’ve done those two things, hopefully I can get many more of both.”
(on being the first Packers defensive tackle selected in almost 40 years)
“It’s definitely a big deal to me. It’s really very fulfilling, because the Packers drafted me with high expectations, and in my second year starting, I am now able to build on having won a championship and also the all-star accolades. Ultimately, it’s an honor that can be shared by our whole defensive line. I sent a mass text message to all my (defensive line) guys telling them how much I appreciated them and loved them, because without them, I wouldn’t have had the opportunities to achieve this.”
QUARTERBACK AARON RODGERS
(what the recognition means to him)
“I think it’s the culmination of a solid, successful season. I think it’s an award that is personified by consistent play, but also by a supporting group that has done their job as well. I’m very honored by the recognition, and very thankful for my teammates, the way they’ve conducted themselves and prepared and played, and for my coaching staff, particularly my individual position coach, Tom Clements, and I’m also very thankful to the fans for them voting me in as well.”
(whether being named the starter adds to the honor)
“It does have special significance, because when I was voted in in 2009, I was the third guy and I was very thankful to be voted in, and got the opportunity to start because of some injuries and guys not going. But it’s great to be voted in as a starter, that means a lot to me and it’s a special honor.”
CENTER SCOTT WELLS
(what the honor means to him)
“It means a lot, being that it is my eighth year in the league. I was an alternate years ago, I think about my fourth or fifth year I was an alternate. For it to take this long and to finally make it, it definitely is big for me. It’s always been a dream of mine, so I am excited.”
(whether he takes it as recognition for the offense)
“I take it as an honor as being a part of a special team. I think some of it comes off of the success that we had last year, and then rolling into this year and the success we have continued to have this year definitely pays dividends. As a team is successful, the individual accolades come, so I know it is a direct correlation to what the team has been able to do.”
(whether this has been one of his best seasons)
“I think so. I am not real big on talking about myself, but I think this has probably been my best year so far.”
(if the recognition is more significant because he entered the league as a seventh-round pick, spent time on the practice squad, etc.)
“Absolutely. I was talking to my wife about it and the fact that I was not an All-American in college. I was only All-SEC by the coaches’ vote. Then being a late-round draft pick and having to work my way up from the practice squad, going through what I went through in ’09 when I was on the bench for a couple of games and fighting my way back, it definitely means a lot to finally get recognized and to be named a member of the Pro Bowl team.”
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2006 (2 selections) — WR Donald Driver, DE Aaron Kampman
2007 (5) — T Chad Clifton, WR Donald Driver, *QB Brett Favre, CB Al Harris, DE Aaron Kampman
2008 (3) — S Nick Collins, CB Al Harris, *CB Charles Woodson
2009 (4) — S Nick Collins, LB Clay Matthews, QB Aaron Rodgers, *CB Charles Woodson
2010 (8) — *T Chad Clifton, *S Nick Collins, *WR Donald Driver, *LB A.J. Hawk, *WR Greg Jennings, *LB Clay Matthews, *CB Tramon Williams, *CB Charles Woodson
2011 (7) — WR Greg Jennings, FB John Kuhn, LB Clay Matthews, QB Aaron Rodgers, NT B.J. Raji, C Scott Wells, CB Charles Woodson
*—selected, but did not play
SELECTED AS STARTERS IN BOLD
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