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The All-Time Pro Bowl Fantasy Team
- Updated: December 31, 2012
QB: Peyton Manning, AFC, 2004
When you look at career numbers in the Pro Bowl, Peyton is easily the greatest QB all-star of all-stars. The 2004 Pro Bowl was also the greatest QB matchup in Pro Bowl history… in terms of fantasy. In the matchup – where the teams combined to score 107 points – Peyton set single game Pro Bowl records for completions (22), attempts (41), and yards (342). He also tossed 3 TDs.
However, Manning did all of that in a LOSING EFFORT. That’s right. In that same game, former Rams QB Marc Bulger threw 4 TDs on a very efficient 12 completions to lead the NFC to a 55-52 victory. Bulger won the game MVP award… but Peyton has our hearts, as always.
In addition to all those single game records, Manning also holds career Pro Bowl marks for completions, attempts, yards, touchdowns and interceptions.
RBs: John Brockington, NFC, 1973 / Shaun Alexander, NFC, 2004
In another example of “guy sets records, someone else wins MVP”, Packers back Brockington was only in his second season when he broke out in the 23rd Pro Bowl, scoring 3 TDs and totaling 97 yards on 10 carries and 5 catches. The MVP that year? O.J. Simpson.
Alexander scored 3 TDs as well in the 2004 Bowl that ended in Peyton and Bulger re-writing the record books, with 72 total yards on 13 carries and 5 catches. While Alexander did end up playing for a winning squad, Bulger went home with the MVP hardware.
See what receivers make the list AFTER the jump…
WRs: Jimmy Smith, AFC, 2000 / Randy Moss, NFC, 2000 / Yancey Thigpen, AFC, 1996
Along with Brockington, Alexander, and the founding TD vulture Mike Alstott, former Jags wideout Jimmy Smith is the only receiver to ever score 3 TD in a Bowl. Smith caught 8 balls for 119 yards and 3 scores as the AFC won 51-31.
On the other side of the field in that same contest, Randy Moss put up his greatest Pro Bowl performance, catching 9 balls for 212 yards and a TD.
And, in a great WR3-type stat line, Yancy Thigpen makes this list for a 1 catch, 93-yard TD performance in the 1995 Bowl. The AFC won that contest, 20-13.
TE: Tony Gonzalez, 2000-’01, ’03-’09, ’11
Gonzo is on this list more for career achievement, above anything else. He’s been selected for 13 Pro Bowls and holds the career receiving records for catches (42), yards (632), and TDs (6). If you can get an average of 4 catches and 63 yards with a 60% chance of a TD from your starting tight end, you’ll gladly take it.
Earlier this week, the 2013 Pro Bowlers were selected. Both Manning and Gonzalez made the list. While a lot of Pro Bowlers get dogged because they simply want a Hawaiian vacation and a reason to dust off their golf clubs in the middle of winter, clearly those two guys have been able to even prove their greatness in the presence of other greats.
What players would you put on your all-time fantasy Pro Bowl squad?