Texans' J.J. Watt, Packers' Aaron Rodgers headline Pro Bowl rosters
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, perhaps the two leaders for this season's MVP award, headlined the 2015 Pro Bowl rosters announced Tuesday night.
Rodgers is second in the NFL with a 111.0 passer rating and third in touchdown passes with 36, and he's thrown just five interceptions this season. Watt is second in the league with 17.5 sacks and first in fumbles recovered with five.
Other notable offensive selections included New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (who leads the NFL with 39 passing touchdowns), Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (the league's leading rusher with 1,745 yards on the ground) and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Notable defensive selections included Carolina Panthers linebacker linebacker Luke Kuechly (who leads the NFL with 145 tackles), Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston and Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
The Cowboys "triplet" set of quarterback Tony Romo, Murray and wide receiver Dez Bryant all made the roster, as did the Steelers trio of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell and Brown.
The Seahawks had three defensive backs chosen, including Sherman and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. The Bills had three defensive linemen chosen in defensive end Mario Williams and defensive tackles Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus.
Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy, New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox were among the notable snubs.
The 2015 Pro Bowl will be held on Jan. 25 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., the site of this season's Super Bowl. The rosters will be split into two teams via a draft on Jan. 21.
The league will reportedly narrow the width of the goalposts from 18.6 feet to 14 feet for the game as an experiment.
- Molly Geary and Ben Estes