A breakthrough, a back to backer and old hat describes the three members of the Green Bay Packers elected to the 2010 Pro Bowl Game Tuesday night. Aaron Rodgers, Nick Collins and Charles Woodson will represent the NFC in the game on January 30 in Miami. It's the first Pro Bowl for Rodgers and quickly puts him among the game's elite. In just his second year as a starter, Rodgers has clearly established himself as one of the best. He became the first quarterback in league history to eclipse 4000 yards in each of his first two seasons as a starter. Rodgers ranks 4th in the NFL in passer rating and he'll be a backup to starter Drew Brees of New Orleans and his old teammate, Brett Favre. The AFC QB's are Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Phillip Rivers which puts Rodgers in awfully good company. Nick Collins will return as a backup safety behind ex-Packer Darren Sharper now with the Saints. Collins has 6 interceptions on the season but his overall game continues to grow. As for Woodson, even he admits this may be his finest season of his career. 8 interceptions, a couple of sacks and near dominant play every week. Woodson is the only starter for the NFC among the three and this is his 6th Pro Bowl season. Rookie Clay Matthews is a first alternate at outside linebacker, beaten out by Washington rookie Brian Orapko who has 11 sacks. Matthews has 10 along with three fumble recoveries. Other, undesignated alternates include Chad Clifton, A.J.Hawk and Ryan Grant. Grant is right on the cusp in my opinion. The NFC running backs are Adrian Peterson and Steven Jackson, no argument there, but DeAngelo Williams of Carolina also made it. Grant has more rushing yards and more rushing touchdowns than Williams and he also plays on a playoff team.
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