Manning, who will be playing in his second pro bowl (assuming the Giants do not make it to the Super Bowl), is getting the recognition he deserves for his fantastic play this season. Lions and Cowboys fans can argue that Matt Stafford and Tony Romo are more deserving, and they certainly have a case. Both quarterbacks are having better seasons, statistically speaking, but Manning has carried his team with his clutch play, especially in the fourth quarter, a trait that has not gone unnoticed by his peers and fans alike.
Pierre-Paul and Cruz were not on the fan ballots, in JPP's case due to the team's strength at DE (Tuck, Osi), and in Cruz' case, due to his relative anonymity prior to his eye-popping first full season in the NFL. Both players' chances on making it to Hawaii's exhibition game relied on the players and coaches, who account for 2/3 of the voting.