DENVER (CBS4) – Five Denver Broncos players have been selected to the Pro Bowl, including quarterback Peyton Manning who was picked for the 13th time in his career.
Manning received the most votes among fans — 1.43 million. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was second among fans with 1.2 million votes.
Other Broncos who were picked include kicker Matt Prater, who broke the NFL record-long field goal record this season, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, tight end Julius Thomas and offensive lineman Louis Vasquez.
Eight Broncos were named alternates for the Pro Bowl: guard Zane Beadles, special-teamer David Bruton, wide receiver Eric Decker, running back Knowshon Moreno, linebacker Von Miller, center Manny Ramirez, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and wide receiver Wes Welker.
The NFL combines votes from fans, players and coaches to determine 86 of 88 Pro Bowl players; the other two players are long-snappers selected by Pro Bowl coaches. Voting ended Thursday.
Under a new format this year, NFL greats Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will divvy up the players in a two-day draft before the Jan. 26 game. Offensive and defensive players with the most votes who don’t make it past the divisional playoff round will serve as active player captains.
The Pro Bowl takes place on Jan. 26 in Honolulu, Hawaii. If the Broncos make it to the Super Bowl none of their players will participate in the Pro Bowl.
The schoolyard-style selections mean it’s likely teammates will be forced to play on opposite sides. Players on the winning team will earn $53,000 while the losers will get $26,000 under the collective bargaining agreement.
The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers each had eight players voted into the Pro Bowl. All but five teams had at least one player selected. Atlanta, Green Bay, Jacksonville and both New York teams had zero players selected.
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