McCoy, Mathis on Team Rice; Jackson, Foles join Team Sanders at Pro Bowl

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DeSean Jackson proudly displaying his Team Sanders jersey. Image via jaccpot10 on Instagram

DeSean Jackson proudly displaying his Team Sanders jersey. Image via jaccpot10 on Instagram

The NFL’s attempt to invigorate the Pro Bowl by having teams led by Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice has begun, with the draft selection of Pro Bowl players completed on Wednesday night. It remains to see if the elimination of the AFC and NFC designations will add additional interest to the league’s all-star game. For now, a two-day draft to select who among the best will be selected to each team was enacted to try to drum up enthusiasm. Just where did the four Eagles in Hawaii for the game land?

Evan Mathis and Ryan Kalil, proud members of Team Rice at the Pro Bowl. Photo via @nflnetwork on Twitter.

Evan Mathis and LeSean McCoy will be together on Team Rice. They will face teammates Nick Foles and DeSean Jackson on Team Sanders. Foles escaped the embarrassment of being the last player chosen to a team, leaving that honor to former coach Andy Reid’s new quarterback, Alex Smith.

But does any of it matter? Will more people watch—or care? There seems to at least be mild interest in knowing where players wind up and who will be their opponents. Beyond that we’ll have to wait until Sunday to find out.

The Pro Bowl airs this Sunday, January 26 at 7 pm on NBC. Will you be watching?

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4 Responses to “McCoy, Mathis on Team Rice; Jackson, Foles join Team Sanders at Pro Bowl”


  • I plan on continuing my Pro Bowl boycott for as long as they insist on putting it on. Two hand touch isn’t a credible ramp up to the Super Bowl. Give the guys a trip to paradise but stop trying to convince people this is anything more than a free vacation to them.

    • Very true, Bruce. A draft and Teams Rice and Sanders are fun marketing, but do nothing to change the substance of the game–i.e., the fact that there is none.

  • does it really matter. who cares? It’s ridiculous, all pro BS. these guys make enough money during the season. fact is more than enough.
    the game is meaningless.
    will I watch? do I care? doubt it draft why?
    just a waste of time…..

    • It remains a meaningless game, regardless of how the marketing surrounding it changes.

      I am curious, though, to see if this year’s changes result in any uptick in ratings.

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