Chiefs, 49ers lead Pro Bowl roster selections

HONOLULU – Kansas City and San Francisco may have plenty of clout in Honolulu if they don't make it to New Jersey for the Tremendous Bowl.

The NFL revealed Friday that the Chiefs and 49ers each had eight gamers voted into the Professional Bowl, including running backs Jamaal Charles of Kansas City and Frank Gore of San Francisco.

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning was chosen to his thirteenth Pro Bowl after receiving essentially the most votes amongst fans, 1.43 million. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees was second amongst followers with 1.2 million votes.

The NFL mixed votes from fans, gamers and coaches to find out eighty five of 87 Professional Bowl players; the other two gamers are lengthy-snappers selected by Professional Bowl coaches. While there have been 86 Pro Bowl spots to be voted on, there are 85 gamers as a result of Steelers vast receiver/kick returner Antonio Brown stuffed two spots. Voting ended Thursday.

Underneath a brand new format this yr, NFL greats Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will divvy up the players in a two-day draft earlier than the Jan. 26 recreation. Offensive and defensive players with the most votes who do not make it past the divisional playoff round will function energetic player captains.

Charles said Friday evening on a reveal present on the NFL Community that he needs to be picked first.

"I believe I obtained the most effective skillset of anybody on the roster," Charles said. "I feel I can play vast receiver after which put the ball in my hand, additionally. The one thing I can not do is throw the ball."

Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly stated he'll be wonderful wherever he is picked.

"I do not know, you got to get the man who scores points," he mentioned.

The schoolyard-model selections imply it is seemingly teammates will be pressured to play on opposite sides. Players on the successful staff will earn $fifty three,000 whereas the losers will get $26,000 beneath the collective bargaining settlement.

San Francisco linebacker NaVorro Bowman stated he thinks it would be weird to have to tackle Gore or Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis.

"I won't deal with him," Bowman mentioned. "Simply let him rating and get his yards or whatever. Yeah, that'd be weird as a result of that hasn't occurred since training camp."

Rice and Sanders playfully bantered about potential picks, with Sanders saying he needed players on his roster who haven't been to many Professional Bowls.

"When you have five years or extra, do not even worry about it I'm not going to choose you," Sanders said. "Go play for Jerry."

Rice mentioned later: "You're attempting to bait me – that's not going to occur."

Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman received 552,600 votes by followers, probably the most for any defensive participant. Houston defensive end J.J. Watt had slightly below 410,000 fan votes.

San Francisco is ready to send eight gamers to the sport for the second year in a row, although its players missed the game earlier this 12 months because they made the Super Bowl, losing to Baltimore.

Kansas Metropolis's eight choices are up from six final 12 months. The Chiefs are eleven-four this yr – up from 2-14 final 12 months – and the No. 5 seed within the AFC playoffs heading right into a largely meaningless game for them in opposition to San Diego on Sunday.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid mentioned Friday he has by no means been large on Pro Bowl selections.

"I'm comfortable for the blokes when and in the event that they make it. I am happy with them for it," Reid stated. "But we don't get caught up in the entire individual accolades. (We're) just getting ourselves able to play."

Manning was certainly one of 5 players selected from Denver, which has a shot at placing up the most factors of any staff in NFL history.

All but 5 groups had at the least one participant selected. Atlanta, Green Bay, Jacksonville and each New York groups had zero gamers chosen.

Many players, including Detroit Lions defensive sort out Ndamukong Suh and New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib, obtained considerable financial bonuses for reaching the Pro Bowl.

The Professional Bowl nod adds $1 million to Suh's 2014 base wage, whereas Talib earns a $500,000 bonus this season.

Info from The Associated Press was used on this report.

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