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Rodgers, Matthews, Saturday make Pro Bowl

Dec. 26, 2012
 
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, left, is the NFC's starter at his position while linebacker Clay Matthews is a backup.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, left, is the NFC's starter at his position while linebacker Clay Matthews is a backup.
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Aaron Rodgers will be the starting quarterback for the NFC in the Pro Bowl and is one of three Packers players to make the team.

The others are outside linebacker Clay Matthews and center Jeff Saturday, both of whom made the team as backups.

The Packers also have two first alternates, Randall Cobb as a return man and Josh Sitton at guard.

Three others were deeper alternates, though the team did not specify whether they were second alternates or lower: fullback John Kuhn, defensive tackle B.J. Raji, cornerback Tramon Williams and safety Charles Woodson.

Pro Bowl voting is weighted among fans, coaches and players, with each group counting for one-third of the vote.

Matthews becomes the first Packer player to be selected to the Pro Bowl each of his first four seasons in the NFL.

"It's pretty special to hear something like that," Matthews said in a statement released by the Packers. "Obviously, there have been so many great players to have come through here, so it is very meaningful. But to me, making the Pro Bowl again really speaks a great deal to the team we have and what we've been able to accomplish over these past four years in my short tenure here. Hopefully it's an early foreshadowing of things to come as far as the success not only for myself, but for this team."

Said Rodgers of earning his third Pro Bowl berth: "It's an honor to be voted in, knowing that it's a combination of the fans, my fellow players and the coaches. To be recognized by all of those people, it's pretty special."

This is Saturday's sixth career Pro Bowl berth. He went to the game five times as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

“Obviously, it’s always an honor," said Saturday. "Anytime you get to go to the Pro Bowl, it is an honor and you appreciate everyone, the players, coaches and fans that voted for you. As an offensive lineman, it is nice to get the award.”

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