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2012 Pro Bowl: Aaron Rodgers Leads 7 Green Bay Packers Selected

Seven Green Bay Packers, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews, were selected to the 2012 Pro Bowl on Tuesday, the NFL announced.

The seven picked were Rodgers, Matthews, fullback John Kuhn, receiver Greg Jennings, center Scott Wells, defensive lineman B.J. Raji and cornerback Charles Woodson. Rodgers, Kuhn, Matthews and Woodson were selected as starters.

Mason Crosby, a 88.5% kicker in 2011, is a first alternate. David Akers, who set the NFL record for field goals in a season for the 49ers, was the NFC’s selection.

Receiver Jordy Nelson, linebacker Desmond Bishop, receiver/returner Randall Cobb, tight end Jermichael Finley, guard Josh Sitton and cornerback Tramon Williams were selected as second or third alternates.

The seven Packers selected to the Pro Bowl team are the most since 1967, when the Packers sent nine. The San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots led the NFL in players selected with eight.

Kuhn, Wells and Raji were all selected for the first time in their respective careers. Rodgers (2009) and Jennings (2010) were selected for the second time, and Matthews is now 3-for-3 in Pro Bowls during his three-year NFL career. Woodson was picked for the eighth time, including each of the last four years.

The Pro Bowl will be played on Jan. 29, 2012, in Honolulu.

The entire NFC Pro Bowl roster:

QUARTERBACKS
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay*
Drew Brees, New Orleans
Eli Manning, New York

RUNNING BACKS
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia*
Matt Forte, Chicago
Frank Gore, San Francisco

FULLBACK
John Kuhn, Green Bay*

RECEIVERS
Calvin Johnson, Detroit*
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona*
Steve Smith, Carolina
Greg Jennings, Green Bay

TIGHT ENDS
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans*
Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta

TACKLES
Jason Peters, Philadelphia*
Joe Staley, San Francisco*
Jermon Bushrod, New Orleans

GUARDS
Jahri Evans, New Orleans*
Carl Nicks, New Orleans*
Davin Joseph, Tampa Bay

CENTERS
Ryan Kalil, Carolina*
Scott Wells, Green Bay

DEFENSIVE ENDS
Jared Allen, Minnesota*
Jason Babin, Philadelphia*
Jason Pierre-Paul, New York

INTERIOR LINEMEN
Justin Smith, San Francisco*
Jay Ratliff, Dallas*
B.J. Raji, Green Bay

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS
DeMarcus Ware, Dallas*
Clay Matthews, Green Bay*
Lance Briggs, Chicago

MIDDLE LINEBACKERS
Patrick Willis, San Francisco*
Brian Urlacher, Chicago

CORNERBACKS
Charles Woodson, Green Bay*
Carlos Rogers, San Francisco*
Charles Tillman, Chicago

SAFETIES
Earl Thomas, Seattle*
Adrian Wilson, Arizona*
Dashon Goldson, San Francisco