Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks for his receiver during the second half of their NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Michigan
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will participate in the 2012 Pro Bowl on Sunday. Reuters

The 2012 Pro Bowl serves as a nice appetizer for football fans awaiting Super Bowl XLVI between the New England Patriots and New York Giants next Sunday in Indianapolis.

The game won't get near the amount of viewers or attention as next Sunday's Super Bowl, but still gives fans an opportunity to see their favorite players in a more relaxed playing environment.

The game is typically played in Hawaii each year -- although last year's Pro Bowl was in Miami -- and is usually a high-scoring affair that has way more offensive highlights than any semblance of defense being played. It's clear that the players don't take it too seriously -- it has no playoff implications like the MLB's All-Star game -- and is usually just a paid vacation to Hawaii for some of the NFL's best players.

This is the second year that the game will be played a week before the Super Bowl as a measure to drum up interest and ratings for the mostly meaningless game. Due to the game being played before the Super Bowl, all Giants and Patriots previously voted into the game are forced to miss the competition and be replaced.

This year also marks the first year that players will be able to tweet during the game at a designated computer area. The NFL doesn't allow players to tweet during a regular-season game, but has set aside two designated computers to allow players to create some social media buzz for the Pro Bowl.

This year's game begins at 7 p.m. EST and airs on NBC. NBC Sports is also offering a live stream of the game on its Web site,

AFC Roster


Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburghy-Andy Dalton, CincinnatiPhilip Rivers, San Diego

Running back

-Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonvillex-Arian Foster, Houstony-Ryan Mathews, San Diegoy-Willis McGahee, Denverx-Ray Rice, Baltimore


*-Vonta Leach, Baltimore

Wide receiver *

-A.J. Green, Cincinnati*-Mike Wallace, PittsburghBrandon Marshall, Miamiy-Vincent Jackson, San Diego

Tight end

Antonio Gates, San Diegoy-Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati

Tackle *

-Joe Thomas, Cleveland*-D'Brickashaw Ferguson, N.Y. Jetsy-Ryan Clady, Denverx-Jake Long, Miami

Guard *

Ben Grubbs, Baltimore*-Marshal Yanda, Baltimorey-Brandon Moore, N.Y. Jets


*-Nick Mangold, N.Y. Jetsy-Chris Myers, Houstonx-Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh


Defensive end

*-Elvis Dumervil, Denver*-Dwight Freeney, Indianapolisy-Antonio Smith, Houston

Interior linemen *

-Richard Seymour, Oaklandy-Geno Atkins, Cincinnatix-Haloti Ngata, Baltimorey-Paul Soliai, Miami

Outside linebacker *-

Tamba Hali, Kansas City*-Von Miller, Denvery-James Harrison, Pittsburghx-Terrell Suggs, Baltimore

Inside/midde linebacker *-

Ray Lewis, BaltimoreDerrick Johnson, Kansas City


*-Champ Bailey, Denver*-Darrelle Revis, N.Y. JetsJohnathan Joseph, Houston

Free safety *-

Eric Weddle, San Diegoy-Ryan Clark, Pittsburghx-Ed Reed, Baltimore

Strong safety

*y-Brian Dawkins, Denverx-Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh

Special teams

Punter Shane Lechler, Oakland

Placekicker Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland

Kick returner

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

,y-Montell Owens, Jacksonville

NFC Roster


*-Aaron Rodgers, Green BayDrew Brees, New Orleansy-Cam Newton, Carolina

Running back

-LeSean McCoy, PhiladelphiaMatt Forte, Chicagox-Frank Gore, San Franciscoy-Marshawn Lynch, Seattle


y-Michael Robinson, Seattlex-John Kuhn, Green Bay

Wide receiver

*-Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona*-Steve Smith, CarolinaGreg Jennings, Green Bayx-Calvin Johnson, Detroity-Roddy White, Atlanta

Tight end

*-Jimmy Graham, New OrleansTony Gonzalez, Atlanta


*-Jason Peters, Philadelphia*-Joe Staley, San FranciscoJermon Bushrod, New Orleans


*-Jahri Evans, New Orleans*-Carl Nicks, New OrleansDavin Joseph, Tampa Bay


*-Ryan Kalil, CarolinaScott Wells, Green Bay


Defensive end

*-Jared Allen, Minnesota*-Jason Babin, Philadelphiay-Julius Peppers, ChicagoInterior linemen

*-Jay Ratliff, Dallas*-Justin Smith, San FranciscoB.J. Raji, Green Bay

Outside linebacker

*-Clay Matthews, Green Bay*-DeMarcus Ware, Dallasx-Lance Briggs, Chicagoy-Chad Greenway, Minnesota

Inside/midde linebacker

*-Patrick Willis, San Franciscox-Brian Urlacher, Chicagoy-London Fletcher, Washington


*-Charles Woodson, Green Bayy-Brandon Browner, Seattlex-Carlos Rogers, San FranciscoCharles Tillman, Chicago

Free safety

*-Earl Thomas, Seattley-Kam Chancellor, Seattlex-Dashon Goldson, San Francisco

Strong safety

*-Adrian Wilson, Arizona Special teams

Punter Andy Lee, San Francisco

Placekicker David Akers, San Francisco

Kick returner

Patrick Peterson, Arizona

Special-teamer Corey Graham, Chicago

Long snapper Brian Jennings, San Francisco