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NFL: 2017 Pro Bowl Players Announced

The NFL announced the AFC and NFC All-Stars for the 2017 Pro Bowl, which will be played on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 and simulcast live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 8 PM ET from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

The 2017 Pro Bowl will feature a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC format following three years using a revised, “unconferenced” structure.

The Pro Bowl players were determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counted one-third toward determining the 86 Pro Bowl selections announced today. Two additional “need” players will be chosen by each head coach and must be long snappers. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. In 1995, the NFL became the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting.

Pro Football Hall of Fame running back JEROME BETTIS, All-Pro tight end TONY GONZALEZ, two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl XXXV MVP RAY LEWIS, and former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and All-Pro defensive back CHARLES WOODSON will serve as 2017 Pro Bowl Legends Captains.

Bettis (offense) and Lewis (defense) will lead the AFC, while Gonzalez (offense) and Woodson (defense) will lead the NFC. During Pro Bowl Week, the four Legends Captains will serve as mentors for the Pro Bowl players, coach practices, and be present on the sidelines on gameday. The NFL legends on both teams will also be assisted by two active player captains.

Twenty-three of the players named to the Pro Bowl today are first-time All-Stars, including three rookies – running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT and quarterback DAK PRESCOTT of Dallas and return specialist TYREEK HILL of Kansas City.

Twenty-six teams had at least one player selected to the 2017 Pro Bowl and 23 clubs had multiple players chosen as All-Stars. The Oakland Raiders placed a league-best seven players on the Pro Bowl roster, while the Atlanta Falcons led the NFC with six players selected.

The 2017 Pro Bowl coaching staffs will be from the losing teams in the AFC and NFC Divisional playoffs with the best regular-season records.

Under terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each player on the winning Pro Bowl team receives $61,000, while each player on the losing squad earns $30,000.

Tickets to the 2017 Pro Bowl are on sale through NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale.

This year, the Pro Bowl is more than just a matchup of the NFL’s biggest stars.  It’s a week-long celebration that will unite and inspire the entire football community. The 2017 Pro Bowl players and Legends Captains will take part in an unprecedented number of youth activities and community events during Pro Bowl Week in Orlando. Also new this year, the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, pitting AFC and NFC All-Stars against each other in unique competitions, will air during Pro Bowl Week on Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN.

2017 PRO BOWL PLAYERS BY POSITION

(*First-time Pro Bowl selection; Bold/Italic: Starter)

AFC

OFFENSE (21) 

  QUARTERBACKS (3)   TIGHT ENDS (2)
  Tom Brady, New England   Travis Kelce, Kansas City
  Derek Carr, Oakland Delanie Walker, Tennessee
  Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh  
    TACKLES (3)
  WIDE RECEIVERS (4) * Taylor Lewan, Tennessee
  Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh   Donald Penn, Oakland
  Amari Cooper, Oakland   Joe Thomas, Cleveland
  A.J. Green, Cincinnati  
  T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis   GUARDS (3)
    David DeCastro, Pittsburgh
  RUNNING BACKS (3) * Kelechi Osemele, Oakland
  Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh   Marshal Yanda, Baltimore
  LeSean McCoy, Buffalo  
  DeMarco Murray, Tennessee   CENTERS (2)
  * Rodney Hudson, Oakland
  FULLBACK (1)   Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh
* Kyle Juszczyk, Baltimore  

 DEFENSE (18)

  DEFENSIVE ENDS (3)   INSIDE/MIDDLE LINEBACKERS (2)
* Jadeveon Clowney, Houston * Dont’a Hightower, New England
  Khalil Mack, Oakland   C.J. Mosley, Baltimore
  Cameron Wake, Miami  
    CORNERBACKS (4)
  INTERIOR LINEMEN (3)   Chris Harris, Jr., Denver
  Geno Atkins, Cincinnati * Casey Hayward, San Diego
  Jurrell Casey, Tennessee   Marcus Peters, Kansas City
  Ndamukong Suh, Miami   Aqib Talib, Denver
   
  OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (3)   FREE SAFETIES (2)
  Lorenzo Alexander, Buffalo   Devin McCourty, New England
  Von Miller, Denver   Reggie Nelson, Oakland
  Brian Orakpo, Tennessee  
    STRONG SAFETY (1)
    Eric Berry, Kansas City

 SPECIALISTS (4)

  PUNTER (1)   RETURN SPECIALIST (1)
  Pat McAfee, Indianapolis * Tyreek Hill, Kansas City
   
  PLACEKICKERS (1)   SPECIAL TEAMER (1)
  Justin Tucker, Baltimore   Matthew Slater, New England

 NFC

OFFENSE (21)

  QUARTERBACKS (3)   TIGHT ENDS (2)
* Dak Prescott, Dallas   Greg Olsen, Carolina
  Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay * Jordan Reed, Washington
  Matt Ryan, Atlanta  
    TACKLES (3)
  WIDE RECEIVERS (4)   Jason Peters, Philadelphia
  Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants   Tyron Smith, Dallas
* Mike Evans, Tampa Bay   Trent Williams, Washington
  Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona  
  Julio Jones, Atlanta   GUARDS (3)
  * T.J. Lang, Green Bay
  RUNNING BACKS (3)   Zack Martin, Dallas
* Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas * Brandon Scherff, Washington
  Devonta Freeman, Atlanta  
* David Johnson, Arizona   CENTERS (2)
    Travis Frederick, Dallas
  FULLBACK (1)   Alex Mack, Atlanta
  Mike Tolbert, Carolina  

 

DEFENSE (18)

  DEFENSIVE ENDS (3)   INSIDE/MIDDLE LINEBACKERS (2)
* Cliff Avril, Seattle   Luke Kuechly, Carolina
  Michael Bennett, Seattle   Bobby Wagner, Seattle
  Everson Griffen, Minnesota  
    CORNERBACKS (4)
  INTERIOR LINEMEN (3) * Janoris Jenkins, New York Giants
  Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia   Patrick Peterson, Arizona
  Aaron Donald, Los Angeles * Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota
  Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay   Richard Sherman, Seattle
   
  OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (3)   FREE SAFETIES (2)
* Vic Beasley, Atlanta * Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Green Bay
  Thomas Davis, Carolina   Harrison Smith, Minnesota
  Ryan Kerrigan, Washington  
    STRONG SAFETY (1)
  * Landon Collins, New York Giants

 SPECIALISTS (4) 

  PUNTER (1)   RETURN SPECIALIST (1)
  Johnny Hekker, Los Angeles   Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota
   
  PLACEKICKERS (1)   SPECIAL TEAMER (1)
* Matt Bryant, Atlanta * Dwayne Harris, New York Giants

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