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First QB brothers play NFL Pro Bowl

AP , NEW YORK

Peyton and Eli Manning were voted to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday, the first time quarterback-playing brothers have been chosen for the same NFL all-star game.

The Indianapolis Colts’ Peyton will make his ninth appearance in 11 seasons and will start for the AFC. It will be the first appearance for Eli, who was the MVP for the New York Giants in last February’s Super Bowl. He will be on the NFC team.

The Giants also landed the oldest Pro Bowler ever, 44-year-old kicker John Carney, who was signed at the start of the season as a short-term fill-in for the injured Lawrence Tynes. He has made 27 of 29 field goals — the two he missed were blocked — and has kept the now-recovered Tynes inactive for all but two games.

The New York Jets led all teams with seven Pro Bowlers, including quarterback Brett Favre, who will be in his 10th Pro Bowl, but his first representing the AFC. There will be six each from the Giants, Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans in the game, to be played on Feb. 8 in Honolulu.

The Titans have the NFL’s best record at 12-2 and won their first 10 games before losing to the Jets.

“If we were the Dallas Cowboys, it would easily be 12 of us going to the Pro Bowl,” said one of Tennessee’s Pro Bowlers, safety Chris Hope. “A lot of people say it’s a small market or we haven’t been around long enough to gain the recognition like the other teams.

“We have the best record in the league. Only a few of us get recognized and only a few of us get to go. It’s just a blessing to be one of the ones to have the opportunity, but I still think there’s some guys that didn’t get a chance to go.”

While Peyton Manning will start for the AFC, the starting quarterback for the NFC will be Kurt Warner, who led the Arizona Cardinals to the NFC West title. It will be the 37-year-old Warner’s fourth Pro Bowl but his first since 2001, when he was with St. Louis and made it for the third straight season.

With Warner on the NFC squad are the Cardinals’ two starting wide receivers, Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald, both voted in as starters. But Warner and the 39-year-old Favre, who leads the NFL in interceptions with 17, are far from the oldest Pro Bowlers this year.

Those honors go to Carney and 42-year-old Giants punter Jeff Feagles. Carney is two years older than another former Pro Bowl kicker, Jan Stenerud, who was 42 when he made it in 1984. Stenerud is the only kicker in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Carney and Feagles also set records for the longest gap ever between Pro Bowl selections: Carney made it in 1994 with San Diego and Feagles in 1995 with Arizona.

Dallas, which had a record 13 Pro Bowlers when it went 13-3 last season, had five this year as wide receiver Terrell Owens and quarterback Tony Romo both missed out.

Tight end Tony Gonzalez of Kansas City made his 10th straight Pro Bowl and Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks made it for the 11th time. He had 10 straight, missed last season and returned this year.

Seattle’s only representative was offensive tackle Walter Jones, but he will miss the game after undergoing season-ending knee surgery last week.

Titans running back Chris Johnson was the only rookie to make the Pro Bowl.

Four teams had no representatives: Cincinnati and Jacksonville in the AFC, St. Louis and winless Detroit in the NFC. Those teams have nine wins among them.

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