Pro Bowl rosters: Manning, Foster, Reed, Charles lead AFC selections

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Peyton Manning was chosen as the AFC's starting quarterback to lead a talent-filled offense for this year's Pro Bowl.

The NFL announced the rosters for the Pro Bowl on Wednesday, and for the AFC, that should mean plenty of offense.

Peyton Manning leads a trio of quarterbacks, including Tom Brady and Matt Schaub. Arian Foster is the lead running back, with Ray Rice and Jamaal Charles in reserve. A.J. Green and Andre Johnson are the top wide receivers, backed up by Reggie Wayne and Wes Welker. Rob Gronkowski was picked as the conference's top tight end, edging out backup Heath Miller. The offensive line features such stalwarts as Logan Mankins and Joe Thomas.

Defensively, J.J. Watt and Cameron Wake are the defensive ends, with Vince Wilfork and Geno Atkins joining them on the line. Von Miller will lead the linebackers, and in the secondary, Champ Bailey will pair with Johnathan Joseph, with Ed Reed and Eric Berry at safety.

On special teams, Dustin Colquitt will punt, Phil Dawson will kick, and Jacoby Jones will return kicks.

Among some of the big-name players who didn't make it for the AFC are Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger and C.J. Spiller.

Houston led the AFC with eight selections, just ahead of New England's seven. Baltimore had six players chosen, and Denver and Kansas City rounded out the top five with five players each. Along with Charles, Berry and Colquitt, Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson were chosen from the Chiefs.

The Pro Bowl will take place on Jan. 27 in Honolulu.

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