Cam Newton headed for Pro Bowl

Eli Manning is going to the Super Bowl, but Cam Newton is going to the Pro Bowl.

With the New York Giants going to Indianapolis, Manning won’t be able to make the trip to Hawaii. Manning originally had been selected to join New Orleans’ Drew Brees and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers as the NFC quarterbacks.

Without Manning, Newton was the next man up. He was the NFC’s first alternate at quarterback. Newton had a spectacular rookie season as he set a new first-year record for passing yards.

He’ll join receiver Steve Smith and center Ryan Kalil, who were voted in previously, as Carolina’s representatives at the Pro Bowl.