Pro Bowl 2010 Roster
The National Football League’s Pro Bowl 2010 roster contained a plethora of stars that would go on to make the actual Pro Bowl game that year one of the more exciting in recent history as the AFC team beat the NFC 41-34. The 2010 version of the annual NFL all-star game was notable for a few other reasons. It was the first time the game was played before the Super Bowl and it also was the first time the game was played in a venue other than Aloha Stadium in Honolulu since 1980. However, the game is an honor bestowed upon the players after having a great regular season, and here are the best from the 2010 Pro Bowl roster.
- Matt Schaub – Schaub threw for 189 yards and two scores for the winning American Football Conference (AFC) team, and was chosen the most valuable player. Schaub was an alternate to the game and only got to start because of injuries to other quarterbacks. This should not detract from Schaub’s 2009 season accomplishments, though. In 2009, Schaub threw for a whopping 4,770 yards to lead the league and 29 touchdown passes for the Houston Texans. Both are franchise records. He also led the Texans to their first winning record that year.
- Aaron Rodgers – Rodgers, Schaub’s National Football Conference (NFC) counterpart, was the equal of Schaub in the game. He threw for 197 yards passing and two touchdowns to keep the NFC squad in the game. Rodgers, a reserve for the game, got the start since Drew Brees would be starting for the NFC’s Saints in the following week’s Super Bowl and Brett Favre withdrew. Rodgers’ 2009 regular season for the Green Bay Packers was notable for the 4,434 passing yards he accumulated and the 30 touchdown passes he threw with only seven interceptions.
- Chris Johnson – Although Johnson, from the Tennessee Titans, contributed only nineteen yards rushing (with a rushing touchdown) to the winning AFC team to go along with 48 yards receiving, the 2009 regular season for which he was honored with a place on the 2010 Pro Bowl roster was exceptional. Johnson’s 2009 season was one of the best ever for a running back in the NFL. In 2009, Johnson rushed for 2,006 yards (only the sixth running back to break the 2,000 yard barrier). He also set NFL records for yards from scrimmage (with 2,509) while scoring sixteen touchdowns. He also set the career mark for touchdown runs of 85 yards or more with touchdown runs of 91, 89 and 85 yards in just that one season.
- DeSean Jackson – Though he was on the losing NFC squad, one can hardly blame wide receiver DeSean Jackson for the result. Jackson was one of the two starting NFC wide receivers and came through with six catches for 101 yards and two receiving touchdowns. For the 2009 season, the electrifying Jackson caught 62 passes for the Philadelphia Eagles. He had 1,156 receiving yards for the year and nine touchdown catches. He also made the NFC team as a kick returner after having returned two punts for touchdowns that year while his 15.2 yards per punt return led the NFL. It was the first time a player had been selected to the Pro Bowl at two different positions.
- Vincent Jackson – Vincent Jackson, from the San Diego Chargers, was the equal of DeSean Jackson for the winning AFC squad. Selected as an alternate, Vincent Jackson made the best of his opportunity by catching seven passes for 122 yards and a touchdown. For the 2009 regular season, he caught 68 balls for 1,167 yards and nine touchdown receptions to earn his first Pro Bowl berth.