From the NFL: The San Francisco 49ers placed a league-best nine players on the National Football Conference All-Star team that will face the American Football Conference All-Stars in the 2013 Pro Bowl ? the kickoff to Super Bowl week ? the NFL announced today.
The 2013 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii one week before Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. Broadcast live on NBC at 7:00 PM ET, the Pro Bowl will be held prior to the Super Bowl for the fourth consecutive year and serve as the signature kickoff event of Super Bowl week.
Seventeen NFC players ? the most in the conference since the 2001 Pro Bowl (21) ? have been selected to their first Pro Bowl, including two rookies: Washington quarterback ROBERT GRIFFIN III and Minnesota kicker BLAIR WALSH. San Francisco leads the NFL with four Pro Bowl newcomers in linebackers NA VORRO BOWMAN and ALDON SMITH, guard MIKE IUPATI and safety DONTE WHITNER. Three Redskins will make their All-Star game debuts as quarterback Griffin III, tackle TRENT WILLIAMS and special teamer LORENZO ALEXANDER have earned selections for the first time. Three teams each had two first-time selections: Chicago (cornerback TIM JENNINGS and defensive tackle HENRY MELTON), Minnesota (fullback JEROME FELTON and kicker Walsh) and Seattle (tackle RUSSELL OKUNG and center MAX UNGER). Rounding out the Pro Bowl newcomers are wide receivers VICTOR CRUZ (New York Giants) and JULIO JONES (Atlanta), defensive tackle GERALD MC COY (Tampa Bay) and punter THOMAS MORSTEAD (New Orleans).