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Players admit they'd like the game to stay in Hawaii

By Jason Kaneshiro

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While working under bright skies on Oahu this week, the NFL stars who experienced last year's Pro Bowl have been careful not to slight the Sunshine State.

Even so, when asked, the players haven't been shy about expressing their preference for the game's return to Hawaii.

"I like it in Hawaii," Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson said yesterday after the NFC's final practice. "You can't imitate it. Miami is great, don't get me wrong, but you can't imitate Hawaii. It's different, it's spectacular. It's more of an experience being here."

The NFL's annual all-star game is back at Aloha Stadium after a 30-year run on Oahu was broken by last year's experiment in Miami.

Even guys with connections to South Beach didn't mind making the trip over.

"Being here is the reward you work for," said Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who played college ball at Miami. "Anytime you come back to Hawaii, when you get on the plane and the first word is 'Aloha', you're like, 'OK, I made it again.' You really appreciate it."

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Today's game marks the front end of a two-year commitment to hold the game in Hawaii.

The pre-Super Bowl time slot that accompanied last year's move remains in place, leaving today's game without representation from Green Bay and Pittsburgh.

So where players and coaches continue to speak of the honor of being selected to participate, it's no secret Honolulu was a clear second choice for a season-ending destination.

The Pro Bowl officially punctuated the NFL season in its previous visits to Honolulu. It now represents something of a consolation prize for players from the 30 teams who came up short of the Super Bowl.

"We'd rather be playing in a different game than this," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said as he helped prepare the AFC squad last week. "But it's a great game and it's great to be a part of it."

Even without players from the finalists, and a few injury-related absences, there's still quite a bit of star power in this year's game.

Lewis is the longest-tenured player in terms of Pro Bowl service and will make his 12th appearance today. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez are right behind with 11 selections.

"I wasn't there last year, but it just seems like a lot of the players who were there say they're glad to be back here in Hawaii," said Manning, who missed the game while preparing for the Super Bowl. "It's always an honor to be here, it's a privilege."

Manning will back up AFC starter Philip Rivers of San Diego. Philadelphia's Michael Vick, subject of perhaps the NFL's most compelling story line this season, is slated to start for the NFC.

Manning noted the AFC and NFC enter today's game tied 20-20 in the all-time series following the AFC's 41-34 win last year.

"Coach Belichick said he's 2-0 in this game and wants to be 3-0," Manning said. "He wants to win; I think all the players want to win."

The offenses have a few light practices to get on the same page of a simplified playbook. But limitations placed on the defenses in terms of coverages and blitzing tend to turn Pro Bowls into fan-pleasing shootouts.

While staying healthy remains a priority, Peterson — a Pro Bowl pick each of his four years in the league and MVP of the 2008 game — said he can sense an up-tick in intensity as the winner's check comes into view.

"The third (and) fourth quarter it picks up," Peterson said. "Guys really start playing. You can definitely tell the difference."

The mood in the days leading up to the game has been generally light, although the league's labor issues and the threat of a lockout next season linger on the horizon.

The Pro Bowl's long-term future in Honolulu is also in doubt.

The game's return was finalized in 2009 when the NFL and Hawaii Tourism Authority came to an agreement on a two-year deal in which the HTA pays $4 million a game and $145,000 for game-day operations for this year's event.

The site of the 2013 game, when New Orleans plays host to the Super Bowl, has yet to be determined.

 

 

AFC ROSTER

No. Player Team Pos Ht Wt NFL Exp Pro Bowls College
7 Matt Cassel Kansas City QB 6-4 230 6 1 USC  
7 Billy Cundiff Baltimore PK 6-1 212 6 1 Drake
9 Shane Lechler Oakland P 6-2 225 11 6 Texas A&M
17 Philip Rivers San Diego QB 6-5 228 7 3 North Carolina State
18 Peyton Manning Indianapolis QB 6-5 230 13 11 Tennessee
23 Arian Foster Houston RB 6-1 227 2 1 Tennessee
24 Champ Bailey Denver CB 6-0 192 12 11 Georgia
24 Montell Owens Jacksonville ST 5-10 225 5 1 Maine
24 Darrelle Revis New York Jets CB 5-11 198 4 3 Pittsburgh
25 Jamaal Charles Kansas City RB 5-11 199 3 1 Texas
28 Chris Johnson Tennessee RB 5-11 191 3 2 East Carolina
29 Eric Berry Kansas City SS 6-0 211 R 1 Tennessee
31 Brandon Meriweather New England FS 5-11 200 4 2 Miami
32 Devin McCourty New England CB 5-10 193 R 1 Rutgers
33 Michael Griffin Tennessee FS 6-0 203 4 2 Texas
44 Vonta Leach Houston FB 6-0 255 7 1 East Carolina
51 Jerod Mayo New England LB 6-1 242 3 1 Tennessee
52 Ray Lewis Baltimore LB 6-1 250 15 12 Miami
54 Brian Waters Kansas City G 6-3 320 11 5 North Texas
55 Alex Mack Cleveland C 6-4 311 2 1 California
55 Terrell Suggs Baltimore LB 6-3 260 8 4 Arizona State
60 D'Brickashaw Ferguson New York Jets OT 6-6 310 5 2 Virginia
63 Jeff Saturday Indianapolis C 6-2 295 12 5 North Carolina
68 Kris Dielman San Diego G 6-4 320 8 4 Indiana
72 Matt Light New England T 6-4 305 10 3 Purdue
70 Logan Mankins New England G 6-4 310 6 2 Fresno State
73 Joe Thomas Cleveland OT 6-6 312 4 4 Wisconsin
75 Vince Wilfork New England DT 6-2 325 7 3 Miami
80 Zach Miller Oakland TE 6-5 255 4 1 Arizona State
82 Dwayne Bowe Kansas City WR 6-2 221 4 1 LSU
83 Marc Mariani Tennessee KR 6-1 190 R 1 Montana
83 Wes Welker New England WR 5-9 185 7 3 Texas Tech
84 Brandon Lloyd Denver WR 6-0 194 8 1 Illinois
87 Reggie Wayne Indianapolis WR 6-0 198 10 5 Miami
89 Marcedes Lewis Jacksonville TE 6-6 275 5 1 UCLA
91 Cameron Wake Miami LB 6-3 250 2 1 Penn State
92 John Denney Miami LS 6-5 255 6 1 Brigham Young
92 Haloti Ngata Baltimore DT 6-4 350 5 2 Oregon
93 Jason Babin Tennessee DE 6-3 260 7 1 Western Michigan
94 Randy Starks Miami DE 6-3 305 7 1 Maryland
95 Shaun Phillips San Diego OLB 6-3 250 7 1 Purdue
95 Kyle Williams Buffalo NT 6-1 306 5 1 LSU
98 Robert Mathis Indianapolis DE 6-2 245 8 3 Alabama A&M  
99 Brett Keisel Pittsburgh DE 6-5 285 9 1 Brigham Young

 

Pro Bowl players replaced

12 Tom Brady New England QB 6-4 225 11 5 Michigan
20 Ed Reed Baltimore FS 5-11 200 9 7 Miami
21 Nnamdi Asomugha Oakland CB 6-2 210 8 4 California
32 Maurice Jones-Drew Jacksonville RB 5-7 208 5 2 UCLA
43 Troy Polamalu Pittsburgh SS 5-10 207 8 6 USC
53 Maurkice Pouncey Pittsburgh C 6-4 304 R 1 Florida
74 Nick Mangold New York Jets C 6-4 307 5 3 Ohio State
77 Jake Long Miami OT 6-7 317 3 3 Michigan
80 Andre Johnson Houston WR 6-3 225 8 5 Miami
85 Antonio Gates San Diego TE 6-4 260 8 7 Kent State
92 James Harrison Pittsburgh LB 6-0 242 7 4 Kent State
92 Richard Seymour Oakland DE 6-6 310 10 6 Georgia
93 Dwight Freeney Indianapolis DE 6-1 268 9 6 Syracuse

NFC ROSTER

No. Player Team Pos Ht Wt NFL Exp Pro Bowls College
1 Mat McBriar Dallas P 6-0 218 7 2 Hawaii  
2 David Akers Philadelphia K 5-10 200 12 5 Louisville  
2 Matt Ryan Atlanta QB 6-4 220 3 1 Boston College  
7 Michael Vick Philadelphia QB 6-0 215 9 4 Virginia Tech  
9 Drew Brees New Orleans QB 6-0 209 10 5 Purdue  
11 Larry Fitzgerald Arizona WR 6-3 218 7 5 Pittsburgh  
14 Eric Weems Atlanta ST 5-9 194 4 1 Bethune-Cookman  
19 Miles Austin Dallas WR 6-2 215 5 3 Monmouth
20 Brent Grimes Atlanta CB 5-10 181 3 1 Shippenberg  
23 DeAngelo Hall Washington CB 5-10 192 6 3 Virginia Tech  
23 Devin Hester Chicago KR 5-11 190 5 3 Miami  
24 Adrian Wilson Arizona SS 6-3 230 10 3 North Carolina State  
26 Antrel Rolle New York Giants FS 6-0 208 5 2 Miami  
26 Antoine Winfield Minnesota SS 5-9 180 12 3 Ohio State  
28 Adrian Peterson Minnesota RB 6-1 217 4 4 Oklahoma  
33 Michael Turner Atlanta RB 5-10 244 7 2 Northern Illinois  
34 Ovie Mughelli Atlanta FB 6-1 250 8 1 Wake Forest  
39 Steven Jackson St. Louis RB 6-2 236 7 3 Oregon State  
41 Roman Harper New Orleans SS 6-1 200 5 2 Alabama  
51 Zak DeOssie New York Giants LS 6-4 249 4 1 Brown  
52 Jon Beason Carolina OLB 6-0 237 4 3 Miami  
55 John Abraham Atlanta DE 6-4 263 11 4 South Carolina  
56 E.J. Henderson Minnesota ILB 6-1 245 8 2 Maryland
59 London Fletcher Washington ILB 5-10 245 13 2 John Carroll  
65 Andre Gurode Dallas C 6-4 318 9 5 Colorado  
67 Ryan Kalil Carolina C 6-2 295 4 2 Southern California  
69 Jordan Gross Carolina OT 6-4 305 8 2 Utah  
70 Donald Penn Tampa Bay T 6-5 305 5 1 Utah State  
73 Jahri Evans New Orleans G 6-4 318 5 2 Bloomsburg  
76 Chris Snee New York Giants G 6-3 317 7 3 Boston College  
77 Tyson Clabo Atlanta TE 6-6 331 6 1 Wake Forest  
77 Carl Nicks New Orleans G 6-5 343 3 1 Nebraska  
81 Calvin Johnson Detroit WR 6-5 236 4 1 Georgia Tech  
82 Jason Witten Dallas TE 6-6 263 8 7 Tennessee  
84 Roddy White Atlanta WR 6-0 212 6 3 Alabama-Birmingham  
88 Tony Gonzalez Atlanta TE 6-5 243 14 11 California  
90 Darnell Dockett Arizona DE 6-4 290 7 3 Florida State  
90 Julius Peppers Chicago DE 6-7 283 9 6 North Carolina  
90 Jay Ratliff Dallas DT 6-4 303 6 3 Auburn  
91 Justin Tuck New York Giants DE 6-5 274 6 2 Notre Dame  
94 Justin Smith San Francisco DT 6-4 285 10 2 Missouri  
94 Demarcus Ware Dallas DE 6-4 262 6 5 Troy  
98 Brian Orakpo Washington OLB 6-4 255 2 2 Texas

 

Pro Bowl players replaced

10 DeSean Jackson Philadelphia WR 5-10 175 3 2 California  
21 Charles Woodson Green Bay FS 6-1 202 13 7 Michigan  
22 Asante Samuel Philadelphia CB 5-10 185 8 4 Central Florida  
36 Nick Collins Green Bay FS 5-11 207 6 3 Bethune-Cookman  
38 Tramon Williams Green Bay CB 5-11 191 4 1 Louisiana Tech  
51 Jonathan Vilma New Orleans LB 6-1 230 7 3 Miami  
52 Clay Matthews Green Bay OLB 6-3 255 2 2 Southern California  
52 Patrick Willis San Francisco ILB 6-1 240 4 4 Mississippi  
54 Brian Urlacher Chicago ILB 6-4 258 11 7 New Mexico  
55 Lance Briggs Chicago OLB 6-1 242 8 6 Arizona  
60 Shaun O'Hara New York Giants C 6-3 303 11 3 Rutgers  
71 Jason Peters Philadelphia OT 6-4 340 7 4 Arkansas  
76 Chad Clifton Green Bay OT 6-5 320 11 2 Tennessee  
85 Greg Jennings Green Bay WR 5-11 198 5 1 Western Michigan  
90 Ndamukong Suh Detroit DT 6-4 307 R 1 Nebraska  
93 Kevin Williams Minnesota DT 6-5 311 8 6 Oklahoma State

 

AFC VS. NFC HISTORY

Year Result Site Att.
1971 NFC 27, NFC 6 Los Angeles 48,222 MVP: Mel Renfro, Cowboys; Fred Carr, Packers
1972 AFC 26, NFC 13 Los Angeles 53,647 MVP: Jan Stenerud, Chiefs; Willie Lanier, Chiefs
1973 AFC 33, NFC 28 Dallas 37,091 MVP: O.J. Simpson, Bills
1974 AFC 15, NFC 13 Kansas City 66,918 MVP: Garo Yepremian, Dolphins
1975 NFC 17, AFC 10 Miami 26,484 MVP: James Harris, Rams
1976 NFC 23, AFC 20 New Orleans 30,546 MVP: Billy Johnson, Oilers
1977 AFC 24, NFC 14 Seattle 64,752 MVP: Mel Blount, Steelers
Year Result Site Att.
1978 NFC 14, AFC 13 Tampa 51,337 MVP: Walter Payton, Bears
1979 NFC 13, AFC 7 Los Angeles 46,281 MVP: Ahmad Rashad, Vikings
1980 NFC 37, AFC 27 Honolulu 49,800 MVP: Chuck Muncie, Saints
1981 NFC 21, AFC 7 Honolulu 50,360 MVP: Eddie Murray, Lions
1982 AFC 16, NFC 13 Honolulu 50,402 MVP: Kellen Winslow, Chargers; Lee Roy Selmon, Buccaneers
1983 NFC 20, AFC 19 Honolulu 49,883 MVP: Dan Fouts, Chargers; John Jefferson, Packers
1984 NFC 45, AFC 3 Honolulu 50,445 MVP: Joe Theismann, Redskins
Year Result Site Att.
1985 AFC 22, NFC 14 Honolulu 50,385 MVP: Mark Gastineau, Jets
1986 NFC 28, AFC 24 Honolulu 50,101 MVP: Phil Simms, Giants
1987 AFC 10, NFC 6 Honolulu 50,101 MVP: Reggie White, Eagles
1988 AFC 15, NFC 6 Honolulu 50,113 MVP: Bruce Smith, Bills
1989 NFC 34, AFC 3 Honolulu 50,113 MVP: Randall Cunningham, Eagles
1990 NFC 27, AFC 21 Honolulu 50,445 MVP: Jerry Gray, Rams
1991 AFC 23, NFC 21 Honolulu 50,345 MVP: Jim Kelly, Bills
1992 NFC 21, AFC 15 Honolulu 50,209 MVP: Michael Irvin, Cowboys
Year Result Site Att.
1993 AFC 23, NFC 20, OT Honolulu 50,007 MVP: Steve Tasker, Bills
1994 NFC 17, AFC 3 Honolulu 50,026 MVP: Andre Rison, Falcons
1995 AFC 41, NFC 13 Honolulu 49,121 MVP: Marshall Faulk, Colts
1996 NFC 20, AFC 13 Honolulu 50,034 MVP: Jerry Rice, 49ers
1997 AFC 26, NFC 23, OT Honolulu 50,031 MVP: Mark Brunell, Jaguars
1998 AFC 29, NFC 24 Honolulu 49,995 MVP: Warren Moon, Seahawks
1999 AFC 23, NFC 10 Honolulu 50,075 MVP: Keyshawn Johnson, Jets; Ty Law, Patriots
2000 NFC 51, AFC 31 Honolulu 50,112 MVP: Randy Moss, Vikings
Year Result Site Att.
2001 AFC 38, NFC 17 Honolulu 50,301 MVP: Rich Gannon, Raiders
2002 AFC 38, NFC 30 Honolulu 50,112 MVP: Rich Gannon, Raiders
2003 AFC 45, NFC 20 Honolulu 50,125 MVP: Ricky Williams, Dolphins
2004 NFC 55, AFC 52 Honolulu 50,127 MVP: Marc Bulger, Rams
2005 AFC 38, NFC 27 Honolulu 50,225 MVP: Peyton Manning, Colts
2006 NFC 23, AFC 17 Honolulu 50,000 MVP: Derrick Brooks, Buccaneers
2007 AFC 31, NFC 28 Honolulu 50,410 MVP: Carson Palmer, Bengals
2008 NFC 42, AFC 30 Honolulu 50,044 MVP: Adrian Peterson, Vikings
2009 NFC 30, AFC 21 Honolulu 49,958 MVP: Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
2010 AFC 41, NFC 34 Miami 70,697 MVP: Matt Schaub, Texans

 

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