Luck and kicker Adam Vinatieri are third-time honorees. Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, cornerback Vontae Davis and punter Pat McAfee are first-time choices. It’s the first time since 2010 the Colts (10-5) have had five Pro Bowl players.
The AFC South Division champions also have two alternates in safety Mike Adams and inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson.
The Pro Bowl is Jan. 25 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Az.
Luck has now made the postseason All-Star game between AFC and NFC squads in each of his three NFL seasons. It’s been his best season in many statistical categories. He’s completed 370-of-600 passes for career-highs in 4,601 yards, 38 touchdowns and a 95.4 passer rating. He’s also rushed 268 yards and three scores on 63 attempts.
The passer ranks second in the league in passing touchdowns, third in passing yards and fifth in completions. He joined Johnny Unitas and Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks in franchise history to throw for 30-plus touchdowns in a single season and became the third-fastest player to reach 12,000 career passing yards in NFL history.
He set single-season franchise records with 10 300-yard passing games and eight consecutive 300-yard passing games. Luck, 25, also became the first player in NFL history with at least 350 yards passing in five consecutive road games.
Hilton, 25, set career highs with 82 receptions for 1,345 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games. He ranks third in the AFC in receiving yards, fourth in receiving first downs, tied for fifth in receptions and tied for 10th in receiving touchdowns.
Luck’s No. 1 target surpassed 1,000 receiving yards for the second consecutive season and became just the third player in franchise history with multiple 1,000-yard receiving seasons. His six 100-yard games tied for fifth-most in a single season in team history.
Davis, 26, has 41 tackles (36 solos) as well as a career-high and team-best 19 passes defensed, a career-high-tying four interceptions as well as one forced fumble. The sixth-year pro’s passes defensed ranks first in the AFC and second in the NFL. His four interceptions rank are tied for fourth in the AFC and tied for seventh in the league.
Vinatieri, the NFL’s oldest player at 41, has made all 28 field-goals attempted as well as 47 extra points without a miss for 131 points this season. The 19th-year pro is the only kicker in the NFL to have not missed this season and could become the fifth kicker in NFL history with a perfect field-goal percentage in a season (minimum one field goal attempt per team game).
He would be the oldest kicker — Vinatieri turns 42 on Sunday — to accomplish perfection in a season. His consecutive field-goal streak is at 34 dating back to last season, the second-longest streak in franchise history and the fourth-longest streak in NFL history.
Vinatieri became the only player in NFL history to score 900 career points with two teams (New England Patriots and Colts) and his 17th career 100-point season surpassed Jason Elam for most in league history.
McAfee, 27, has a 47.2-yard gross average, a 43.2 net average and 27 punts pinned inside the 20-yard line this season. He has also had 69 touchbacks on 90 kickoffs (76.7 percent), which leads the league. The sixth-year pro ranks second in net average and fourth in gross average in the NFL.
He has converted three-of-three onside kicks, another league high, and has tied his own single-season franchise record for punts pinned inside the 20, set last season. His kickoff touchbacks are a new franchise record.
McAfee was recently named the Colts’ 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year for contributions on and off the field.
Adams, 33, signed as a free agent on June 12th and won the starting job in preseason. He has 83 tackles with 11 passes defensed, a career-high five interceptions as well as one forced fumble. The 11th-year pro has 577 career tackles (437 solos) with 66 passes defensed, 18 interceptions including one returned for a touchdown, nine fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles and five sacks in 161 games played.
Jackson, 31, also signed in the offseason with the Colts. He spent his previous eight seasons with Cleveland. He leads the team with 131 total tackles (76 solos) with a career-high four sacks and four fumble recoveries. He returned one fumble for a touchdown.
It’s his fourth consecutive 100-tackle season and seventh overall in his career.
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