OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 18: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions looks on in pre-game warmups before the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on December 18, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

2012 Pro Bowl: AFC Tops NFC In Offensive Showcase

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson is the only Lions player on the NFC roster for the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl.

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Pro Bowl Rosters 2012: Only Calvin Johnson Makes NFC Squad For Lions

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson was the only Detroit Lions player named to the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl. The rosters for the Pro Bowl were announced on Tuesday night, and Johnson's selection means he is slated to go to Hawaii for the game for the second year in a row.

Johnson was the only Lion to make the team because guys like Matthew Stafford and Ndamukong Suh were edged out by other players. Stafford being left off the team is especially surprising considering Eli Manning was selected as the third quarterback on the NFC. Stafford seems more deserving than him, but I suppose the same can be said about a lot of players not on the team every year.

The good news for Stafford and Suh is that they have been named alternates for the Pro Bowl, as has Louis Delmas. If players at their positions can't go to the game, they will step in as replacements as long as the Lions aren't in the Super Bowl. If that were to happen, somebody at receiver would need to be called upon to replace Johnson.

SB Nation has a look at the full Pro Bowl rosters.


Pro Bowl Voting: Calvin Johnson Likely Headed To Hawaii

As one of only five players in the NFL that received over one million votes, Calvin Johnson can likely book his ticket to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl on Jan. 29. Johnson received 1,180,777 votes, good enough for fourth overall and the most among wide receivers. Fan voting makes up only a third of the selection process, but Johnson is likely going for the second time in his career with this announcement.

Green Bay Packers quarterback and leading MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers received the most votes with 1,581,982 ballots cast in his favor. He led Tom Brady and Drew Brees, who were the only other players that received more votes than Johnson.

The Lions had several players finish high in the voting:

Matthew Stafford finished 4th in fan voting among NFC QBs with 530k votes. Rodgers (1.6 mil), Brees (1.2 mil), Cam Newton (625k) top 3

Other Lions to finish top-5 by position in NFC: OT Jeff Backus (3rd), C Dominic Raiola (5th), CB Chris Houston (4th), K Jason Hanson (5th)

Stafford has a strong chance of heading to his first career Pro Bowl if Brees or Rodgers reaches the Super Bowl. Players playing in the following week's Super Bowl cannot participate in the Pro Bowl game.


Pro Bowl Voting: Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh Represent Detroit Lions

The 2011 Pro Bowl is about six weeks away, but the voting for the NFL's annual all-star game is still going strong with a few seasons left in the regular season. The Detroit Lions have been represented since the start with Calvin Johnson and Ndamukong Suh and, perhaps not surprisingly, that remains the same with the NFL's latest update.

Johnson is the top wide receiver, at least as far as votes are concerned, as he's picked up 953,575 votes so far this season. That total puts him in third place as far as total votes are concerned as he trails only Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. Drew Brees and Wes Welker round out the top five.

Suh isn't quite as revered as he's picked up 451,377 votes thus far, but considering he's been out of action the past couple of weeks, that's probably still a solid total as he still leads all defensive tackles.

The annual contest of the AFC and NFC's best will take place Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 at Aloha Stadium.


Pro Bowl Voting Update: Calvin Johnson Third In Total Votes Received

With five weeks to go in the regular season the NFL has released an update on the fan voting for the Pro Bowl and the Detroit Lions have one player in the top five in terms of total votes received. According to an official release from the NFL, Calvin Johnson rates third in total votes received, trailing only Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. Johnson has received the most votes of a wide receiver:

New England Patriots quarterback TOM BRADY (873,424 votes) leads all AFC players and ranks second overall, while Detroit Lions wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON (743,335 votes), New England Patriots wide receiver WES WELKER (684,591 votes) and Minnesota Vikings running back ADRIAN PETERSON (680,428 votes) round out the top five on NFL.com.

At individual positions, Ndamukong Suh leads the balloting at defensive tackle. Suh has 387,699 votes, according to the latest balloting. Among the NFC's defensive players, Suh trails only Jared Allen of the Vikings and Charles Woodson of the Packers.

The Pro Bowl will be played on Jan. 29 -- the Sunday before the Super Bowl in Indianapolis -- at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Balloting concludes on Monday, Dec. 19.


Pro Bowl Voting Update: Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh Lead Their Positions

The 2012 Pro Bowl is still pretty far off in the distance as there are six weeks left in the NFL's regular season. The league released its first voting update for football's annual All-Star game on Wednesday, however, with Detroit Lions players Calvin Johnson and Ndamukong Suh leading their positions.

Johnson has received 487,547 votes, making him the top vote-receiving wide receiver and placing him third amongst all players who have received votes. Quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady lead the way while the next closest wide receiver from the NFC is Greg Jennings of the Green Bay Packers with 399,521 votes at this point in the balloting process.

Suh did not finish in the top ten as far as votes are concerned, but considering he's a defensive lineman, that shouldn't necessarily be a surprise. The second-year pro has earned 269,506 votes and would join fellow NFC North defensive lineman Jared Allen on the defensive line if voting ended today.

Suh and Johnson were the lone Lions' to make last year's Pro Bowl.

According to a press release, balloting will conclude on Monday, December 19 following the conclusion of Monday Night Football. The final Pro Bowl teams will be announced at 7 p.m. on December 27 during a special NFL Total Access 2012 Pro Bowl Selection Show on the NFL Network.

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