Atlantic Coast Conference Leads All With 23 2010 NFL Pro Bowl Selections

Jan. 25, 2010

Greensboro, N.C. ( -- For the second straight year, the Atlantic Coast Conference leads all conferences by a wide margin in the number of former football standouts selected from its current schools to play in the National Football League’s Pro Bowl, which will be held this Sunday at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Current ACC schools saw 23 of their former standouts selected to play in this year’s Pro Bowl. The Southeastern Conference was second with 15 selections, with the Big Ten third with 14. The Pac-10 had 13 selections followed by the Big 12 and the Big East with 11 honorees each.

Many of those playing in the Pro Bowl will be performing in their collegiate hometown of Miami, as no fewer than 10 former Miami Hurricane players have been selected to this year’s Pro Bowl team, far and away the most of any single school. Michigan was next with five followed by Texas with four selections. NC State and Virginia had the second-highest amount of selections among ACC schools with three players chosen each, followed by Maryland and North Carolina with two picks apiece; and Boston College, Clemson and Florida State, who each had one former player honored.

Tabbed to play in this year’s Pro Bowl Game from Miami were wide receivers Andre Johnson (Houston) and Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis), running back Frank Gore (San Francisco) offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie (Minnesota), defensive lineman Vince Wilfork (New England), linebackers Ray Lewis (Baltimore) and Jonathan Vilma (New Orleans) and defensive backs Ed Reed (Baltimore), Antrel Rolle (Arizona) and Brandon Meriweather (New England).

Joining them from NC State were quarterback Philip Rivers (San Diego), who will miss the game with an injury, defensive end Mario Williams (Houston) and safety Adrian Wilson (Arizona) while Virginia has quarterback Matt Schaub (Houston), offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson (New York Jets) and tight end Heath Miller (Pittsburgh). Maryland is represented by former tight end Vernon Davis (San Francisco) and long snapper Jon Condo, North Carolina has defensive end Julius Peppers (Carolina) and center Jeff Saturday (Indianapolis), while. Completing the ACC selections are former Boston College offensive lineman Chris Snee (New York Giants), Clemson defensive back Brian Dawkins (Denver) and former Florida State defensive lineman Darnell Dockett (Arizona)



Players from Current ACC Schools By School
Miami (10)
Name Position NFL Team Conference
Frank Gore Running Back San Francisco National
Andre Johnson Wide Receiver Houston American
Ray Lewis Linebacker Baltimore American
Bryant McKinnie Offensive Tackle Minnesota National
Brandon Meriweather Safety New England American
Ed Reed Safety Baltimore National
Antrel Rolle Free Safety Arizona National
Reggie Wayne Wide Receiver Indianapolis American
Vince Wilfork Defensive Lineman New England American
Jonathan Vilma Linebacker New Orleans National
NC State (3)
Philip Rivers Quarterback San Diego American
Mario Williams Defensive End Houston American
Adrian Wilson Safety Arizona National
Virginia (3)
D'Brickashaw Ferguson Offensive Tackle New York Jets American
Heath Miller Tight End Pittsburgh American
Matt Schaub Quarterback Houston American
Maryland (2)
Jon Condo Long Snapper Oakland American
Vernon Davis Tight End San Francisco National
North Carolina (2)
Julius Peppers Defensive End Carolina National
Jeff Saturday Center Indianapolis American
Boston College (1)
Chris Snee Offensive Guard NY Giants National
Clemson (1)
Brian Dawkins Safety Denver American
Florida State (1)
Darnell Dockett Defensive Lineman Arizona National

Pro Bowl Selections By FBS Conference
Pl. Conference No.
1. Atlantic Coast Conference 23
2. Southeastern Conference 15
3. Big Ten Conference 14
4. Pac-10 Conference 13
T5. Big 12 Conference 11
T5. Big East Conference 11
7. Conference USA 7
T8. Mid-American Conference 3
T8. Western Athletic Conference 3
10. Mountain West Conference 2
11. Sunbelt 1
Pro Bowl Selections By School
Pl. School No.
1. Miami 10
2. Michigan 5
3. Texas 4
T4. Alabama, California, Kent State, Iowa, NC State,
Pittsburgh, Southern California, Tennessee, Virginia
T13. Boise State, East Carolina, Louisville,
Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio State,
Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego St.,
Rutgers, Syracuse, UCF