Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning as the starting quarterback in the Pro Bowl had become a bit of a tradition as Manning has started each of the last three Pro Bowls. The 2011 version, though, will not include Manning as a starter.
That honor goes to New England Patriots QB Tom Brady. Manning was still voted to the Pro Bowl -- just not as a starter. Tom Brady was the last AFC quarterback to take that from him after his record-breaking 2007 season. Brady is en route to an MVP season so him getting the nod this year isn't surprising, especially with Manning uncharacteristically struggling at times this year.
Manning also ties Brett Favre with 11 Pro Bowl nods, the most among active quarterbacks. He was a Pro Bowler in 1999 and 2000, missed it in 2001 and has been on the team every year since 2002.
Manning is 34 years old and has never had a significant injury so it's reasonable to assume he can continue playing at a high level for a few more years. Is 15 Pro Bowls possible?