Carlos Rogers selected to the Pro Bowl

49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers (right), a former Butler High star, intercepts a pass against the Steelers. Rogers is one of eight San Francisco players to make the Pro Bowl. It is the first time he has made the team.

 

Former Butler High star Carlos Rogers is one of eight San Francisco 49ers to make the Pro Bowl. It is the first time Rogers has made the team.

New England, headed by Tom Brady, also had eight players on the team.

Defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay (14-1), led by starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and Baltimore (11-4), led by veteran linebacker Ray Lewis, have seven apiece for the Jan. 29 game in Honolulu, the NFL announced Tuesday.

One Atlanta Falcon made the team – tight end Tony Gonzalez.

Former Georgia standout A.J. Green, of Cleveland, was one of three rookies to be selected.

Veteran cornerback Champ Bailey, of Denver, is another former Georgia player on the team.

Brady is one of seven starters from New England (12-3). The others are receiver Wes Welker, tight end Rob Gronkowski, defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, defensive end Andre Carter, and guards Brian Waters and Logan Mankins. Special teamer Matthew Slater is the other New England representative.

Rogers, linebacker Patrick Willis, defensive end Justin Smith, and tackle Joe Staley will start for the NFC from the 49ers (12-3), who had only Smith and Willis make the Pro Bowl last year.

Green Bay’s Rodgers is the starting NFC quarterback, backed by record-setting Drew Brees of New Orleans (12-3).

“It does have special significance, because when I was voted in in 2009, I was the third guy and I was very thankful to be voted in, and got the opportunity to start because of some injuries and guys not going,” Rodgers said. “It’s great to be voted in as a starter, that means a lot to me and it’s a special honor.”

Four of the NFL’s biggest headline makers this season did not get voted in by players, coaches and fans: Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, Steelers linebacker James Harrison, Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton, and Denver QB Tim Tebow.

Fifteen first-time Pro Bowlers made the NFC squad, including Rogers, Staley and safety Dashon Goldson of the 49ers. Thirteen AFC players were first-time selections.

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