The 2009 NFL Pro Bowl Team was announced on Tuesday afternoon, with the best players of the NFL chosen to play in Hawaii after the Super Bowl in the 2009 Pro Bowl. Through the season, pro bowl voting leaders are hypothesized, and when the 2009 pro bowl roster is finally released, everyone starts getting excited about seeing the best players in the NFL show off at the Pro Bowl. The NFL Pro Bowl is basically the all-star game for the NFL, and votes are tabulated to send the best players from each position to the post-season celebration game, where the best of the NFC plays against the best of the AFC in a game that is all about bragging rights.
On the NFC Pro Bowl team, Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner was selected to start on offense, with New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning slated to come off the bench. The other main offensive selections were Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson, Arizona wide-receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, and Tight End Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys. The NFC Defensive selections were led by Defensive Ends Justin Tuck (New York) and Julius Peppers (Carolina), as well as linebackers DeMarcus Ware (Dallas) and Lance Briggs (Chicago).
The AFC Pro Bowl team is led by quarterback Peyton Manning of Indianapolis, with his back-ups being Brett Favre (New York) and Jay Cutler (Denver). The starting running back for the AFC is Thomas Jones (New York) with the wide-receivers being Andre Johnson (Houston) and Brandon Marshall (Denver). On the other side of the ball (defense) defensive end Mario Williams (Houston) leads the way, and he is joined by Pittsburgh Steelers Troy Polamalu and James Harrison, as well as Baltimore Ravens Ed Reed and Ray Lewis.
At first glance, the defense for the AFC is simply outstanding, with no weak selections, and a team comprised of defensive studs from both Baltimore and Pittsburgh. With Mario Williams leading the way, it may not be a good day to be a NFC offensive players. With Leon Washington as the kick returner, they also look strong on special teams, and should really be interesting to watch. For the NFC Pro Bowl team, it is almost like watching Arizona play against the NFC, as three of the main offensive weapons are from the Cardinals, with Warner leading the way. This is going to set up quite an exciting game!
The 2009 Pro Bowl will definitely be an exciting game to watch, and will take place the weekend after the Super Bowl.
Source: 2009 Pro Bowl Rosters