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Andrew Luck replaces Tom Brady on AFC Pro Bowl squad, Logan Mankins, Wes Welker and Vince Wilfork also out
Posted By Mike Petraglia On January 21, 2013 @ 7:38 pm In General | 20 Comments
Tom Brady  is again politely declining a trip to Hawaii to play in the NFL’s greatest exhibition game.
Andrew Luck  had one of the best seasons any rookie quarterback has ever had in living up to his No. 1 overall draft billing coming into the 2012 season.
Brady was selected to his eighth Pro Bowl game in late December but hasn’t played the last six times he’s been selected. He played in Feb. 2002 after winning the Super Bowl  and he played in Feb. 2005 after the 2004 season but hasn’t played since, as he has been designated as injured and has been replaced.
It appears Brady won’t be alone in turning down the leis in paradise. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports Wes Welker , Logan Mankins  and Vince Wilfork  have also taken their names out of the Pro Bowl due to various injuries. Linebacker Jerod Mayo  and special teams captain Matthew Slater  were also selected but remain on the Pro Bowl roster.
As for Luck, through Week 9, Luck had thrown for the same number of yards as his predecessor, Peyton Manning , did in his first season in Denver.
His legend began to truly grow in Week 13 against the Lions. Luck and the Colts were trailing 33-28 with 1:07 left. He was able to get to the Lions’ 14 yard line and faced a fourth down with three seconds left. Luck then threw a screen pass to Donnie Avery  who got free and ran in for the winning score.
The win gave Luck his eighth on the season – the most wins by a rookie quarterback drafted first overall in NFL history, as well as his fifth game-winning drive on the season, tying Vince Young  and Ben Roethlisberger  for the most by a rookie quarterback. On Dec. 23, 2012, Luck broke the record for most passing yards by a rookie against the Kansas City Chiefs , throwing 205 to bring his season total to 4,183. Cam Newton  held the previous record with 4,051 yards.
Luck advanced the Colts, one season removed from 2-14, to the the playoffs, where they lost to the Ravens in Baltimore.
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 Pro Bowl: http://media.weei.com/football/pro-bowl.htm
 Super Bowl: http://media.weei.com/football/super-bowl.htm
 Wes Welker: http://media.weei.com/football/wes-welker.htm
 Logan Mankins: http://media.weei.com/football/logan-mankins.htm
 Vince Wilfork: http://media.weei.com/football/vince-wilfork.htm
 Jerod Mayo: http://media.weei.com/football/jerod-mayo.htm
 Matthew Slater: http://media.weei.com/football/matthew-slater.htm
 Peyton Manning: http://media.weei.com/football/peyton-manning.htm
 Donnie Avery: http://media.weei.com/football/donnie-avery.htm
 Vince Young: http://media.weei.com/football/vince-young.htm
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