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NFC Pro Bowl roster 2013: Adrian Peterson, Aaron Rodgers lead the way

Adrian Peterson, Aaron Rodgers and Calvin Johnson highlight the NFC's 2013 Pro Bowl roster.

Kent Nishimura

Pro Bowl rosters for both the AFC and NFC are now set, and it comes as no surprise that three of the conference's best players have been rewarded for their excellent 2012 campaigns.

MVP candidate and NFL Comeback Player of the Year candidate Adrian Peterson highlights the NFC's roster. Peterson still has a chance to break Erick Dickerson's single-season rushing yards record, but will need to rush for 208 yards in order to do so.

Green Bay Packers quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers also highlights the roster, along with Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Johnson broke Jerry Rice's single-season receiving yards record in Week 16.

The trio of NFC North stars were all named starters for the NFC.

Here's a look at the complete NFC roster that will compete against the AFC in Hawaii. Players from the NFC's representative in the Super Bowl will not participate in the Pro Bowl.

Full NFC Pro Bowl Roster (via

* - starter

Position Player(s)
Quarterback *-Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
Matt Ryan, Atlanta
Robert Griffin III, Washington
Running back *-Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle
Frank Gore, San Francisco
Fullback *-Jerome Felton, Minnesota
Wide receiver *-Calvin Johnson, Detroit
*-Brandon Marshall, Chicago
Julio Jones, Atlanta
Victor Cruz, N.Y. Giants
Tight end *-Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta
Jason Witten, Dallas
Tackle *-Joe Staley, San Francisco
*-Russell Okung, Seattle
Trent Williams, Washington
Guard *-Mike Iupati, San Francisco
*-Jahri Evans, New Orleans
Chris Snee, N.Y. Giants
Center *-Max Unger, Seattle
Jeff Saturday, Green Bay
Position Player(s)
Defensive end *-Jason Pierre-Paul, N.Y. Giants
*-Julius Peppers, Chicago
Jared Allen, Minnesota
Interior linemen *-Justin Smith, San Francisco
*-Henry Melton, Chicago
Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay
Outside linebacker *-Aldon Smith, San Francisco
*-DeMarcus Ware, Dallas
Clay Matthews, Green Bay
Inside/Middle linebacker *-Patrick Willis, San Francisco
NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco
Cornerback *-Charles Tillman, Chicago
*-Tim Jennings, Chicago
Patrick Peterson, Arizona
Free safety *-Dashon Goldson, San Francisco
Earl Thomas, Seattle
Strong safety *-Donte Whitner, San Francisco
Special teams
Position Player(s)
Punter Thomas Morstead, New Orleans
Placekicker Blair Walsh, Minnesota
Kick returner Leon Washington, Seattle
Special-teamer Lorenzo Alexander, Washington
Long snapper TBA