The NFL returns to Hawaii for the 2011 Pro Bowl. The annual contest of the AFC and NFC's best will take place Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at 7 p.m. ET at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
Here's a few interesting facts and pics...
- The AFC team will feature two 4,700-yard passers in San Diego’s Philip Rivers and Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning.
- Last season’s Pro Bowl was the third highest scoring game in history with 75 points. The two teams score 82 points in 2000 and 107 points in 2004. The AFC won last year 41-34.
- Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is tied for the all-time Pro Bowl record with five touchdowns. If he scores on Sunday he would surpass Jimmy Smith and Marvin Harrison for sole possession of the record. (I found out this season that Gonzalez likes breaking records and considers it an honor. He’ll be happy to get this one if he scores.)
- Two other 2011 Pro Bowlers, Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson and Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald have three career Pro Bowl touchdowns and can move up the chart this weekend.
- Gonzalez, Manning and linebacker Ray Lewis have all been selected to 11 Pro Bowl.
- The U is well represented with 10 players. Ten players named to the 2011 Pro Bowl roster played collegiately at the University of Miami, more than any other college program. The group includes Baltimore safety Ed Reed, New England safety Brandon Meriweather, Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis, New England defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, Houston wide receiverAndre Johnson, Indianapolis wide receiver Reggie Wayne, Chicago kick returner Devin Hester, New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma, New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle and Carolina linebacker Jon Beason.