NEW ORLEANS – The Saints would love to have as many players as possible selected to the Pro Bowl and none of them play.
This year's game is the weekend prior to the Super Bowl, with both games in Miami, and obviously any player selected to play in the exhibition would forego that opportunity while focusing on the big prize.
Quarterback Drew Brees and guard Jahri Evans will start for the NFC. Tackle Jon Stinchcomb makes the squad as a reserve.
A year after breaking the single-season record for passing yards, Brees is eyeing another record: highest pass completion percentage in a season. He currently stands at 70.6, which is higher than Ken Anderson's 1982 record of 70.55 percent. Brees has been playing like an MVP candidate all season long, throwing for 4388 yards so far and 34 touchdowns to 11 interceptions.
Evans and Stinchcomb have helped pave the way for one of the best Saints offenses in team history. The Saints currently lead the NFL in total offensive yards with 416.5 per game. They are third in passing (283.5 yards per game) and fifth in rushing (133 yards per game).
On the defensive side of the ball, Darren Sharper will start at free safety. Jonathan Vilma makes his second Pro Bowl as a reserve.
Sharper broke the record for most interception return yards in a single season during the loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He's tied for the NFL lead for interceptions with nine and has scored three touchdowns this season off of interceptions. Vilma has 110 tackles and two sacks to go along with his three interceptions.
For a complete list of the NFC and AFC rosters for the Pro-Bowl, head to NFL.com.