When all was said and done, and all the votes were counted, the two finalists for the NFL MVP award will be leading their respective conferences at the January 30 Pro Bowl in Honolulu.
A Pro Bowl nod is the latest hurdle that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has jumped over en route to what can only be described as one-of-a-kind comeback effort. Despite serving a federal sentence for dog fighting and being a seldom-used backup for Philadelphia upon his release, Vick has somehow managed to seize the opportunities given to him by putting up a heck of a performance in 2010.
Joining Vick on the NFC side are quarterback Matt Ryan, wide receiver Roddy White and defensive end John Abraham. The Atlanta Falcons had the most Pro Bowlers this year – seven total.
The Patriots, meanwhile, had six Pro Bowlers of their own on the AFC side – none more deserving than their quarterback. Brady, the league’s top passer, will make his sixth appearance to the NFL equivalent of an All-Star game.
Four rookies were selected to the Pro Bowl: Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions, Devin McCourty of the Patriots, Marc Mariani of the Tennessee Titans and Maurkice Pouncey of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers and Cowboys all had five players voted into the game.
After disappointing 2010 campaigns, the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not feature any of their players in the Pro Bowl.