INDIANAPOLIS – After leading the Colts to two 11-5 seasons, two playoff berths and tying the second-most starting wins (22) in the first two seasons of a career in the Super Bowl era, Andrew Luck has the number two coming into play again.
The Colts' starting quarterback now is a Pro Bowler for the second straight time.
Luck has been added to the Pro Bowl, which will be played on January 26 in Honolulu, after changes in the original quarterbacking cast that included Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Philip Rivers and Russell Wilson.
Manning's Broncos beat Brady's Patriots in the AFC Championship game, 26-16, while Wilson's Seahawks bested San Francisco, 23-17, in the NFC Championship game.
With Manning and Wilson making Super Bowl XLVIII (played on February 2), Luck and Philadelphia's Nick Foles join the Pro Bowl as alternates.
Last year, Luck was an alternate who moved up when Brady did not play. Luck, Manning and Matt Schaub were the AFC quarterbacks, and Luck was 12-of-19 passing for a game-leading 205 yards and two touchdowns. He connected on four- and 49-yard scoring passes to A.J. Green.
Luck joins the Colts' coaching staff, Robert Mathis and Matt Overton as Pro Bowlers.
The Pro Bowl this year will not feature the traditional AFC-NFC look that has stood since 1971. Under a new format, players have been selected without regard to conference.
Players will be assigned to teams through a Pro Bowl Draft on January 21-22. On January 21, 11 per team will be drafted at certain position groups – guards, centers, fullback, interior defensive linemen, punters and special teamers. The remaining players will be drafted the following day.
Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will serve as alumni captains for the squads and have final say over draft decisions. They each will be assisted by two active player captains and one NFL.com fantasy champion in the draft process.
Quarterback Drew Brees and defensive end Robert Quinn will assist one team, while running back Jamaal Charles and defensive end J.J. Watt will be involved with the other. Brees, Quinn, Charles and Watt were the top two vote getters on offense and defense from teams that did not advance to the conference championship round.
A coin toss on Tuesday, January 21 will determine draft choice order and the pairing of alumni and active player captains.
Each roster will have 21 offensive (WR-4; OT-3; OG-3; C-2; TE-2; QB-3; RB-3; FB-1) and 18 defensive players (DE-3; DT-3; OLB-3; ILB-2; CB-4; S-3). There will be one punter, kicker, special teamer, returner and "need" player selected by the coach.