Matthew Stafford named to Pro Bowl roster


Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is headed to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his NFL career.

Stafford has been added to the NFL’s all-star game roster, Tim Twentyman of said Sunday night. Stafford will take the place of Denver’s Peyton Manning, the Lions said.

As Twentyman noted, the Lions haven’t had a Pro Bowl quarterback since 1971, when Greg Landry played in the game. Landry, Bobby Layne and Stafford are the only Pro Bowl quarterbacks in club history.

The 26-year-old Stafford connected on 363-of-602 passes for 4,257 yards with 22 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for Detroit, which made the postseason for the second time in Stafford’s NFL career.