Dec. 27, 2013
Vols For Life Peyton Manning and Eric Berry were named to the 2014 Pro Bowl on Friday night. It's Manning's 13th selection and Berry's third. With 13 selections, Manning now has the second-most picks of any player in NFL history. Only Hall of Fame lineman Bruce Matthews (14) made more all-star games. Manning joins fellow VFL Reggie White among the four (Jerry Rice and Tony Gonzalez) with 13 Pro Bowl selections.
Manning has had a record-setting season. Manning has set an NFL record with 51 passing touchdowns thus far in 2013. His 13 Pro Bowl selections tie for second-most in NFL history. Manning leads the NFL in passing yards (5,211), touchdowns (51), completions (425) and attempts (631), while ranking second in passer rating (113.0) and third in completion percentage. He joins John Elway as the only two Broncos signal callers to make multiple Pro Bowls for the team.
Manning received 1,432,257 votes from fans, most among NFL players. Voting ended Thursday. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees received the second-most votes from fans. He finished with 1,206,000, more than 200,000 fewer than Manning. Manning's success in the voting by fans -- as well as his being named to the Pro Bowl. He broke the NFL season record for touchdown passes last weekend in Houston and has an opportunity for more records in the Broncos' regular-season finale Sunday at Oakland.
Berry has started all 15 contests for the club, recording 74 tackles (66 solo), 11 tackles for loss, three interceptions with two returned for touchdowns and 10 passes defensed. He has also recorded a career-high 3.5 sacks (-26.5 yards). His career numbers include 286 tackles (221 solo), 5.5 sacks (-37.5 yards), eight interceptions for 236 yards with three touchdown returns, 31 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Berry's initial trip to the Pro Bowl was in 2010, after his rookie season. He became the first Chiefs rookie to earn a Pro Bowl berth since LB Derrick Thomas, following the 1989 season. He was the first Chiefs safety to make the NFL's All-Star game since S Jerome Woods, following the 2003 season. The Fairburn, Ga., native originally joined the Chiefs as Kansas City's first pick (fifth overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft.
"It's a big honor," Berry said. "Because, it's fans voting, coaches voting and players voting. Right now, while I really appreciate the honor, we're just focused on San Diego and continuing to chase the ultimate team goal, a championship."