Pro Bowlers: Wilfork, Mankins, Brady & Welker

December, 29, 2009
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By Mike Reiss
Nose tackle Vince Wilfork and guard Logan Mankins earned their second career Pro Bowl berths, as both have been selected as starters for this year's game.

Quarterback Tom Brady and receiver Wes Welker are the Patriots' other Pro Bowlers this year, and they are reserves.

The Pro Bowl berths have to be especially sweet to Wilfork and Mankins, because they play no-frills positions that don't often generate headlines. Both were previously selected to the Pro Bowl in 2007.

A few quick-hit facts from the Pro Bowl accouncement:

Randy Moss shut out. The AFC took four receivers -- Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Brandon Marshall and Welker -- with Moss on the outside looking in.

Mankins in elite Patriots company. Mankins joins John Hannah as the only Patriots guards to earn Pro Bowl bids since the 1970 merger. Like Hannah, Mankins is tough, having never missed an NFL game.

Wilfork thanks his supporters. Wilfork posted the following message on his Twitter account tonight: "WOW. Thanks guys. I appreciate so much the support.. Getting selected as a starter for the Pro Bowl is huge. I could not of done it without u ... Congrats to my teammates Brady, Welker and big Logan. Need the rest of these guys next year -- Moss, Mayo, Meriweather, Warren and others. ... Don't get it twisted, I love the Pro Bowl but hope I can't go because I will be at the Super Bowl the next week."

Game played in South Florida, not Hawaii. In a change, this year's game will be played the Sunday before the Super Bowl, Jan. 31 in South Florida.

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