Last year, Giants QB Eli Manning missed the Pro Bowl because he had something bigger to prepare for – the super bowl. This time, Manning will get a chance to fly out to Hawaii and play in the game. Manning was added to the NFC Pro Bowl team on Tuesday night as a replacement for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who backed out of the game due to injuries to his ankle and his knee. Manning was the second-alternate for the team and he’ll join Saints quarterback Drew Brees, the first alternate who will replace Washington’s Robert Griffin III, who will not be playing due to a torn ACL.
“It’s one of those deals when you’re in there you want to play well,” Manning said. “It may not be the same intensity as a regular-season game, but it’s still, ‘I’m out there, I want to have good drives and I want to find completions and I want the guys to play hard and you want to go out there and have success.’ I think that mentality doesn’t really change a whole lot.”
Manning will join Victor Cruz, Chris Snee, Jason Pierre-Paul and his brother, Peyton Manning.