Vikings, Colts lead Pro Bowl selections

Brett Favre and Peyton Manning already were Pro Bowl regulars when they were selected to this season's game yesterday.

Favre was among eight Minnesota Vikings who made the NFC team, while Manning was one of six Indianapolis Colts on the AFC squad. It will be Favre's 11th Pro Bowl and the 10th for Manning. No other quarterbacks have been to 10 all-star games.

Favre will be a backup to New Orleans' Drew Brees, the NFL's top-rated passer. The other NFC quarterback will be Aaron Rodgers, who replaced Favre in Green Bay last year.

Tennessee's Chris Johnson, the league's leading rusher, also made the AFC team, along with NFL receptions leader Wes Welker of New England. Manning will be backed up at quarterback by New England's Tom Brady and San Diego's Philip Rivers.

All six of the quarterbacks made the playoffs and, of course, would prefer to be playing in the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 in Miami. The Pro Bowl has been moved to the previous Sunday at Dolphin Stadium, and no Super Bowl participants will play in the all-star game.

Former Eagles safety Brian Dawkins, now with Denver, made the AFC squad for the eighth selection of his career.

New Orleans guard Jahri Evans, a Frankford High graduate, and New York Giants center Shaun O'Hara, a Rutgers product, were chosen for the NFC team. Another former Rutgers star, Baltimore running back Ray Rice, made the AFC squad.

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will be in the NFC backfield. The other Vikings who made it: wide receiver Sidney Rice, defensive end Jared Allen, guard Steve Hutchinson, defensive tackle Kevin Williams, special-teamer Heath Farwell and tackle Bryant McKinnie, a graduate of Woodbury High.

Two rookies made the AFC team, Houston linebacker Brian Cushing and Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd, who is on injured reserve. Washington LB Brian Orakpo is the lone rookie on the NFC squad.

Cincinnati, the AFC North division, had no players picked. Kansas City was the other AFC team without one, for the first time since 1978. Nobody made it from the Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle, or Tampa Bay.