A fine blocking back with reliable hands, Addai lacks big-play ability as a runner. The key red-zone weapon combined for 13 TDs in 2009 but managed just 828 rushing yards at 3.8 per attempt.
Reigning MVP for two consecutive seasons and a record four overall, Manning has led the Colts to the NFL's best record over the past decade. Threw for 4,500 yards and 33 TDs in 2009.
The four-time Pro Bowl player has taken the baton from Marvin Harrison, establishing himself as Peyton Manning's go-to receiver. Wayne caught 100 passes for 1,264 yards and 10 TDs in 2009.
A first-team all-rookie selection, Collie's diligent work in the filmroom paid off. With 60 receptions and seven TDs, he's emerged as one of the league's most effective slot receivers.
Seen as the offensive line's weak link, Johnson has earned his coaches trust with versatility and toughness. The four-year vet has started 39 games the past four years.
While the Colts continue to shuffle through guards on the right side, Lilja has been a rock on the left side since his rookie season. The five-year vet has started 59 games since 2004.
The four-time Pro Bowl selection
Undrafted out of Oregon St. in 2008, the substitute teacher had been cut four times before the Colts came calling. DeVan won the starting job at mid-season and hasn't looked back.
Since his second season in 2002, Diem has been entrenched as a starter. The Pro Bowl snub was the lynchpin on a unit that allowed just 13 sacks, the lowest by a team in 10 years.
Peyton Manning's safety blanket led all tight ends with 100 receptions and 1,106 yards, throwing in 10 TDs for good measure. He earned his first All Pro and Pro Bowl selections in 2009.
A second-year player, Garcon emerged as a down-field threat after Anthony Gonzalez' injury. The Colts' best after-the-catch receiver totaled 765 yards at 16.3 per reception.
Porter teamed with free agent additions Jabari Greer and Darren Sharper to turn the Saints' pass defense around. After dealing with a late-season knee sprain, he's now healthy and playing well.
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A Jaguars castoff, McCray has made his mark in the playoffs with vicious hits to aging quarterbacks Kurt Warner and Brett Favre. He's instilled a much-needed "fear" factor in the Saints defense.
Ayodele, DE, Sr.
Two years removed from the Cowboys' practice squad, Ayodele displaced Kendrick Clancy as the starting nose tackle. He's made huge strides as a run defender since joining the Saints last season.
The 2008 first-rounder missed six games at mid-season, causing a severe dropoff in the Saints' run defense. Now healthy, the "three-technique" tackle is back to every-down duties.
Though he remains a liability in the run game, only four players recorded more than Smith's 13 sacks this season. The Saints' most disruptive pass rusher has 49.5 sacks in five seasons.
A key free-agent import, the former Buffalo Bill emerged as a shutdown corner in 2009. Had he not missed seven games due to sports hernia surgery, Greer would have been a lock for the Pro Bowl.
The seven-year veteran has started 59 of 60 games since the Saints acquired him from the Cowboys four years ago. Shanle finished fourth on the team with 69 tackles in 2009.
The centerpiece of Gregg Williams' attacking 4-3 defense, Vilma is the leading tackling and defensive leader. The six-year veteran earned his second Pro Bowl selection in 2009.
The brainy veteran has been defying stereotypes since being drafted by the Chiefs in 2002. An underrated athlete, Fujita has displayed a knack for big plays on his way to 58 tackles this season.
After returning three picks for touchdowns in 2009, Sharper now trails only Rod Woodson with 11 total interception return TDs. The ballhawk is perhaps the key cog in an opportunistic defense.
A second-round pick out of Alabama in 2006, Harper has been the one constant in the Saints' secondary. The team's second-leading tackler earned his first Pro Bowl berth in 2009.