Eli Manning looks forward to the Pro Bowl

BY foxsports • January 29, 2016

Eli Manning almost didn't get to go to this year's Pro Bowl.

The 12-year pro was a replacement for Ben Roethlisberger, who dropped out due to injury.

But Manning was extremely happy to head to Honolulu to play in the game.

"It's a lot of fun," Manning said. "It's something I (was) look forward to when I got the call that I was coming out here. It's a great opportunity to meet some of these guys that you have great respect for. You see them play on Sundays, you play against some of them, and it's fun to get to know them personally. It's a great opportunity, it's something I look forward to, and I consider it a great privilege to be here."

Manning was the second-overall draft pick in the Pro Bowl draft. He was drafted by Odell Beckham Jr., who served as the team captain for Team Rice.

This season, Manning threw for 4,436 yards and 35 touchdowns. That's the most touchdowns in a single season for Manning, and the second-most yards he's thrown for in his career.

The 2016 Pro Bowl is Manning's fourth-career Pro Bowl appearance of his career, and his first since 2012.

For more of Manning's Pro Bowl interview, click here.

Tommy Chalk writes about the NFL and NHL for FOX Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @Tommy_Chalk