Deion Sanders says he’s playing in the Pro Bowl

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Saddle up the high horses, and make righteous your indignation.

They’re about to make a mockery of the Pro Bowl.

Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders just tweeted that he “WILL SUIT UP IN HAWAII,” pressuring fellow team captain Jerry Rice to do the same.

He also send a message to Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, telling him that 21 may not be available to him.

Having Sanders and Rice out there running around does exactly zero to diminish the sanctity of the game (there was none prior), and might actually make it more interesting.

While ripping off the NHL’s fantasy draft idea might not have been enough to generate interest, having Sanders involved will at least make some casual fans tune in.

At least until they beat the commercials into the ground the way they did with Leon Sandcastle’s Combine appearance.

159 responses to “Deion Sanders says he’s playing in the Pro Bowl

  1. They’re moving in the right direction. This was never gonna be a competitive game in the first place. So just make it a thing where some NFL stars are having fun. Ratings will be there.

  2. If he didn’t play in the first 10 minutes of the game, I’d never know he was there. That goes for every year past and future.

    Bring back the skills competition and dump the game you rule changing, commercial selling, non-taxed behemoth of a league.

  3. Follow up Tweet:

    Ladies and Gentlemen I am officially announcing “I WILL HAVE ACL SURGERY IN ATLANTA” Please let @DrJamesAndrews know!

  4. You know, this is NOT a bad idea. The game is STRICTLY an exhibition for a few hours during the vacation of all the players. Both of the HOF men look as though they are in great shape. Heck, let’s ring up Troy, Michael, Jerry’s HOF QBs Joe and Steve and get to it! This COULD be quite a show!

  5. I’s my understanding that his “game” is played annually only because its TV ratings are off the charts. If true, enticing “casual fans” to tune in seems unnecessary. Besides, most “casuals” have never heard of Deion Sanders … which is precisely the reason Sanders has decided to make the “game” all about himself.
    Sanders’ involvement is simply just another good reason not to watch.

  6. Relax everyone. He’s just means he’s gonna wear a suit and tie on the sidelines. Get it?? You may now carry on…

  7. You guys can make fun of “Neon Deion” all you want — he was still one of the best athletes in the history of mankind.
    I still remember his very first game , as a rookie in 1989 with the Atlanta Falcons . . . he was back to return his first punt (vs the Rams) and took it to the house.

  8. This game sux anyway. Yeah, put Deion out there, a chance to see Mr. Hey Look at Me get bulldozered by AD is too much to miss.

  9. It would be kinda cool if there was a ‘legends’ spot for each team. They draft the teams and then suit up. Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders this year. What guys like Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher next year?

  10. Your right on, hunnymoney. Let’s get the cast of Jackass out there for a few snaps. Knoxville can at QB and Steve-O can run the ball. Get rid of the game already!!!!

  11. Don’t like the idea. Players have worked for this honor and really not interested in watching Meion Sanders make it about himself.

  12. “They’re about to make a mockery of the Pro Bowl.”

    What’s this “They’re about to” nonsense?

    Nothing Deion or Rice could do will make this game anymore of a mockery than it’s already been.

    I say let them suit up, who cares.

  13. This is a horrid idea on many levels. The purpose of changing the format of the game was to encourage more interest AND to get the players to take it more seriously. Having these two egos running the game already makes it more about them than the players. Now it is going to be turned in to even more of a mockery with celebrity appearances and gimmick retired players deciding when they will play. Why would the actual selectees take it seriously and play competitively when old retired players are showing up to make it more about them? I will not watch this travesty.

  14. Great idea…. until either Rice or Sanders tears an ACL on the first play.

    Those two may have been keeping in somewhat decent shape for people who are not playing sports at a professional level. Sanders must have forgotten the amount of work it took to stay in game shape.

    I haven’t watched the pro bowl in years. I doubt I’ll watch it this time either. The game lacks everything people tune into football for and we can’t expect these players to play hard in a game that means nothing to them but a free trip to Hawaii and some pocket change (yeah, that kinda money is pocket change to these high paid players).

    Pro bowl nods should be some sort of award these guys get that gives them a trophy and donates some money to their favorite charity. No game needed. Maybe fly them all to Hawaii for a weeks vacation and have some charity events there as well. A game that is played at half speed and no effort? Useless.

  15. I’d like to see a PFT All-Unemployed Team game. Losing coach gets fired, and winning coach gets first pick in the draft of those players, but the team forfeits the pick if they still fire the coach.

  16. HOF players versus Pro Bowl Players. Any player selected more than 3 times plays on the HOF Team…..

  17. “he was afraid to tackle when he was in elite shape…how will this work?”

    Wait they actually TACKLE in the pro bowl? When did this happen and why wasn’t I informed?

  18. I haven’t watched the Pro Bowl since they stopped showing skills competitions during the week leading up. I’d still rather watch 2005 Laroi Glover bench press 225lbs six hundred times over watching this game.

  19. Haha I don’t see a problem with. If anything, it makes it more interesting and if it gets more people to watch then it’s a success. The Pro Bowl means nothing as it is, and it’s not as if this is going to diminish the game. Might even tune in to a few snaps to see it if he does play.

  20. Peyton Manning is already watching old tape of Deion in search of some tendencies to exploit in two weeks 🙂

  21. I didn’t think it was possible to relegate this game any further into irrelevancy than it already was.

    I was wrong.

    I do love this statement: “They’re about to make a mockery of the Pro Bowl”. LOL! About to?! The game was never a big deal to begin with. Goodell made it even less appealing by moving it prior to the Super Bowl (and thereby excluding each conference champion). This move is the final nail in the coffin.

  22. I like the idea of seeing Deion and Rice out there. If you want to totally reformat the game and have people watch it, a game of flag football between All Pros and Hall of Famers would be hilarious. Sherman could pick up a pass interference call for pulling Cris Carter’s flag at the line of scrimmage, Warren Sapp could get ejected for forgetting it is flag football and decapitating Andrew Luck…

    The game is a joke anyway, might as well get a chance to see some legends suit up one more time.

  23. I don’t understand why he still being heard from, he had nothing interesting to say when he was player and it hasn’t improved since then.

  24. Mockery? Ha! This will actually make things a little more interesting. In fact I’d suggest there is one team that is the regular “Pro Bowl” team and the other team is a collection of former Pro Bowl players of HOF players.

    Geezers VS. Current. Players on winning team get $150k each and losers go home with zip…naughta. I bet them old farts will actually play to win.

  25. this game is perfect for Deion. They never tackle anyone in the Pro Bowl and neither did Sub Prime his entire career

  26. Can we make close-lining a player legal for this game?

    Or how about this. Deion has to make at least 5 tackles, pad on pad tackles, with pop, on the opposing teams RB/FB.

    Lets see if he wants to play now.

  27. It would be even more interesting if it was moved to AFTER THE SUPERBOWL! You know, like how it used to be? That way we can see the guys that got voted in it..play! Yeah that would be a great idea but it’s all about earning money. Keeping that football every week religion up. Bah.

    I want a new league and will start supporting new leagues, like the nsfl. Hopefully competition, if it lasts, will get the NFL’s ‘think tank’ back to thinking.

  28. This game has always been a joke so making it funnier is now a problem? Who cares it’s all entertainment. I think they should have a skills comp and bring back the nfl fastest man competition.

  29. Deion may be on to something here. I actually think this is a great idea for the direction the game should go.

    Maybe every year have 2 (or maybe 4 or 6) recently retired past greats play in the game.

    Perhaps split up the past greats and have them choose their teams in a draft.

    I.E.

    Team 1 (Jerry, Deion, and Marshall’s team)
    Team 2 (Sapp, Irvin, and Shannon Sharpe’s team)

    I’d watch.

  30. So many haters in the world. It is fascinating. I don’t like this and I don’t like that. Great let him play. So what. What is the negative about it? A bunch of you would hate anything. Finding reasons to hate that’s all it is.

  31. Yeah, I thought at 44 years old my previous 3.4 speed would be helpful playing in a soccer league until I ruptured my Achilles Tendon WALKING across the field. Good luck with that fellas!!!

  32. Why does he get to play? He wasnt voted in. I dont want to see this idiot on the field!!!!!!! Also why does the clown Jerry Rice get to be a captain? This is retarded. Just do away with the pro bowl if your going to do this garbage!!

  33. who cares? watching the pro bowl is an act of desperation in and of itself. i’ll miss football the minute the super bowl is over, but the pro bowl is not football.

  34. It’s a brilliant idea actually. Imagine the ratings if NFL legends young enough to still go got to play alongside the players of today. Who wouldn’t want to see a Manning to Rice pass or Megatron one on one against Deon Sanders. Heck, I bet Barry Sanders to this day would have a better Yards per Carry average than the Colts version of Trent Richardson even if they played at full speed.

  35. I assume they will then let Dan Marino square off against Joe Montana for a series as well? Seriously, do away with the Game altogether and just name ProBowl honors as 1st team and 2nd team. The players really dont give a crap about $25K unless it is a rookie min paid guy (which wont last long at that salary being selected). Most of these guys wear the wrong socks or colored shoes and get fined more!

  36. With his weekly gig on NFL Network, Deion actually has done more this year to deserve playing in this year’s Pro Bowl than cris carter ever did to deserve induction in the Hall of Pretty Good.

  37. Friendly reminder: not a single Giants or Jets player made the 2014 pro bowl. A retired guy in his mid-40s will be playing, but none of them.

  38. Another in the line of BIGGEST JOKES of the NFL right after their officials. I hope somebody hits this big mouth overrated no tackling Sanders into the next millenium. What a blowhard !

    I can’t stand stomach this clown who thinks he is relevant and so important to the NFL ! And take that bigger mouthed Sapp with ya’ too !

  39. When AD gets the ball, he won’t get a chance to truck Deon, because Deon will make sure he is nowhere near him.

    But I’d rather see all these old guys play flag football than the “game” it is today. It would be a lot more fun.

  40. Over the past fifteen years or so the Pro Bowl has become so inane I’ve stopped watching it. I had absolutely no intention of watching it this year. Now, with Deion jumping into the mix, I’m considering going to the mall with my wife. Sheesh!

  41. The pro bowl became a complete joke when no one wanted to play in it anymore and 10 players at each position were selectes just to field a roster. There is no real prestige if you are the 8th d end taken. Are you really callng yourself a pro bowler. Come on have some pride. The game is a total joke.

  42. Jerry Rice is THE MOST CONCEITED person I have ever heard. Who saw him during the last MNF game at the Stick? It was all, I, I, I. Pathetic

  43. SPOILER: He’s going to wear a pro-bowl jersey while he drafts/coaches/oversees.

    Seriously, if you gobbled this down as meaning Deion is going to suit up and play during the pro-bowl you’re borderline retarded.

  44. I personally appreciate the NFL’s efforts to boost interest in this game vs simply trashing it. Additionally, adding the fantasy football component was brilliant in more ways than one IMO.

  45. Love football, but I won’t be watching this disgrace of a game.

    Triple or quadruple the payout, and make it so the winners get all the money, and the losers get NOTHING. And take MLB’s example, the winning conference gets homefield in the Super Bowl.

  46. Sorry guys, not happening. Marty Schottenheimer claimed him on waivers. “The UFL is not mathematically eliminated from occuring again, and I’m just trying to keep our team competetive.”

  47. I will watch if both suit up and only allowed to play each other, both look like they are in good shape, go get him Jerry

  48. Come on, haters. There was no reason to watch the pro bowl before. In fact, if you were planning on watching it I think there may be something wrong with you. I say let ’em play.

  49. Nobody, and I mean nobody, could run with Deion in his prime. Revis is a better all around CB but not as fast as prime time.

    Would love to see Rice line up vs. Deion I bet they both still got it, maybe lost a step or two but not much.

  50. I like it. The current Pro Bowl is a joke that the players don’t even want to play in.

    I’d rather see them just name “all-pros” and put together some goofball flag football game with all-pros and legends. Yeah have Deion vs. Rice with Drew Brees throwing it. Maybe the game would be fun to watch. It is basically touch now anyway.

  51. The Pro Bowl is a joke. The best players in the league aren’t there, because they’re still in the playoffs.
    We used to be able to root for the conference of our choice. They used to have fun competitions for the players the day before the game.

    All of that is gone. Now it’s a team of mixed conferences. If you don’t worship Jerry or Diion, it means nothing.

    Goodell has ruined the Pro Bowl. There’s absolutely no reason to watch anymore.

    Best players? Nope. Root for your conference? Nope. Fun pre0game competition? Nope. Nothing to see at all.

  52. No doubt Deion was one of the greats but come on. He would get smoked by the practice squad at his age

  53. Let’s get Dick LeBeau out there to cover the other side and we’ll have a REAL old man’s game

  54. The Pro Bowl should NOT be about Deion Sanders or Jerry Rice, but about the players who earned their all-star status. I don’t even like the idea of them being involved in the drafting of the players for the game! And having them play in the game makes it more of a sham.

    Prime, you are past your prime. Rice too. Let the players who earned their way to Hawaii be the focal point, not two hall of famers trying to re-live their glory years.

    What’s next? The 2015 All-Stars vs. the 2000 All-Stars? I don’t know which one I’m sick of more with these former players: ESPN or NFL Network.

    Give us a break!

  55. You could trot Deion out at age 80 and not be able to tell the difference in his tackling skills from his 20’s.

  56. No worries. Dion’s not going to get hurt. It’s the Pro Bowl. Nobody ever gets hurt in the Pro Bowl, because they don’t actually play football. They just choreograph the game on the fly.

    Not that anyone could blame them. Can you imagine trying to explain to your team next year that you can’t practice because you tore your ACL in the Pro Bowl?

  57. If I’m the coach and that jackass lines up at CB I’m running a bubble screen at him with my biggest WR’s. Guy couldn’t tackle when he actually played, would love to see what he’d do with Megatron bearing down on him. He might actually soil himself.

  58. I THINK IT’S COOL AS HELL!…NO IDEAD IF THERE JUST MESSIN AROUND, OR IS THIS GOING TO HAPPEN?….. SHEEEEET ARE YOU KIDING ME…………..TO SEE NEON OUT ON THE FIELD …EVEN AT HIS AGE, WILL BE VERY INTERTAINING FOR ME!…………I LOVED WATCHING HIM PLAY,VERY MUCH SO WHEN HE HAD THE BALL IN HIS HANDS!…I GREW UP WATCHING THE END OF NIGHT TRAIN LANES CARRER….AND THE BEGINING OF LEM BARNEY’S AS WELL!……FOR MY BUCK I WOULD PAY FOR A CD WITH ALL OF THIER HIGHLITE REELS….AND WITHOUT THE GREATEST RUNNING BACK OF ALL TIME…BARRY SANDERS…THIS PRO BOWL ENCOUNTER COMING UP IN A FEW WEEKS, I PRAY BARRY IS ON THE FIELD AS WELL!…………….I ACTUALLY BECAME CLINICLY DEPRESSED WHEN BARRY …OUT OF THE BLUE, DECIDED TO HANG UP HIS FAMOUS CLEATES!…….KNOWING HE WOULD END UP BREAKING THE OTHER GREATEST BACK ALIVE….JIM BROWN’S RECORD…WELL THE NFL WENT SOUTH FOR A WHILE………THIS WAS ANOTHER DEVISTATING YEAR FOR MY DETROIT LIONS!….SOMEONE NEEDS TO TEACH MATTY BOY STAFFORD, HOW TO THROW A HARD PUMP FAKE!…ARE HIS FRIKIN HANDS JUST TO SMALL….OR NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO GRIP THAT BALL HARD…ONLY TO LOOSE IT WHILE GOING THROUGH THE MOTION???……WE’RE THE HECK IS KICKALISHOUS????/ THIS GUY SHOWS UP ON UTUBE DROPIN BALLS INTO A SMALL ROW BOAT IN THE MIDDLE OF A LAKE………….OK DE DE I’M WAITIN ON YOUR NARRAW AZZZ MY BROTHER…..ENTERTAIN US MY BROTHER…PLEASE PLAY SAFE!

  59. PS …NO TEAM TACKLED THIER OPONENTS LIKE THE WAY THEY WE’RE TAUGHT!……OFENSIVE OUT PUTS WE’RE UP AGAIN !…THIS CRAP IS GETTING OLD!……..ALL THE MONEY THESE KIDS ARE DEMANDING IS A SIN!………LETS TRY AND GET EVERY STADIUM COVERED WITH RETRACTABLE ROOFING……………….THE PHILLY DETROIT GAME WAS THE NAIL IN THE COFFIN, OF THE DETROIT LIONS SEASON!………….THE NEW “SAVIOR” IN DETROIT……MR. REGGIE BUSH……..INJURES HIS KNEE SLIPPING IN THE ICY SNOW , DURING PRE GAME………THE LIONS FINALLY HAVE A 1-2 PUNCH…WITH BUSH ALONG SIDE OF OUR OWN PHENOM….MR. CALVIN…”MEGATRON”…JOHNSON!…..WITH ALL THE DOUBLE AND TRIPLE TEAMING GOING ON AGAINST THESE TWO BAD AZZES…I’M STILL IN A STATE OF SHOCK! THE LIONS SIMPLY LOOKED FOR WAYS TO DESTROY THE CHANCE OF FINALLY KNOCKING OFF THAT GOD AWFULL BOBBY LAYNE CURSE………………………..HE LAID ON DETROIT 57 YEARS AGO FOLKS…YES YOU HERD ME CORRECTLY……57 FRIKIN YEARS AGO!…KNUCKLE HEAD STAFFORD DIDN’T EVEN KNOW ABOUT IT! THE KID FROM THE SAME TOWN…SAME HIGH SCHOOL…BROKE EVERY RECORD OF BOBBY AS WELL……….THE SCENERIO HAS BEEN SET…WHO ELSE WOULD COME THROUGH AS A HERO….I PRAY DETROIT HIRES JON GRUDEN…TONY DUNGE….OR EVEN THE BIG TUNA….BILL PARCELLS…ALL NEEDED…BUT NOT INTERESTED IN COACHING ANYMORE!………….NOW THAT’S THE STORY OF LIONS FOOTBALL FOLKS….FROM RUSS THOMAS ……..TO MATT MILLEN…………….WHO BY THE WAY HELPED POOR BARRY SANDERS LEAVE THE GAME 5 YEARS EARLY!…………………WE NEED MORE FANS LIGHTING CANDLES IN BEHALF OF THE CITY OF DETROIT!……THIER FANS DESERVE MUCH MORE!…………………

  60. I heard that Joey Buttafuco might play MLB, too. He’s been training and is weighing in at about 350; runs the 40 in 28 seconds.

  61. I hope Adrian Peterson absolutely trucks Deion’s 46 year old frame en route to a long TD run.

    So @ 46 years old and in a All-Star Game, you think now is the time Deion tries to tackle someone ???

  62. Whomever came up with this idea for selecting the teams is nuts. Part of the fun of the game was pulling for the side that your favorite team’s players were on. Now with them on both sides the fun is gone. Oh well I guess they don’t care about the fans.

  63. I could see this as some kind of halftime stunt. One QB, Rice and Sanders one on one. They run a few plays and see what happens.

    There is NO way in the world Sanders and Rice get on the field with actual NFL players and play in real game time action. As fake as the Pro Bowl is, injuries do happen. They are not under the NFL, or part of the NFLPA, so there are legal ramifications if something should happen…either they get injured, or they manage to injure somebody.

    For all the people who said they wouldn’t pay attention. Guess what, you replied here so mission accomplished. You are paying attention to Deion.

    Secondly, not only was Sanders a great football player, but people forget just how good at baseball he was too. He was a VERY good baseball player and had he done that full time he might have been a multi-time all star. He could run down anything in the OF, he hit a lot of doubles and triples, stole a lot of bases. There was room for improvement, but he never was fully committed to the sport…and he was still that good. Most guys put everything they have into the game and never manage to make it.

  64. He should put an H (for Hall of Fame) at the end of his number to make it 21H, so he doesn’t take away Peterson’s jersey number.

  65. Man PFT must be loaded with kids and/or haters. Deion was the best cover corner in NFL history. He was also the most sought after free agent in NFL history. He was the piece that put the 49ers (in ’94) and the Cowboys (in ’95) over the top for Superbowl wins. Ever heard the saying “he takes away half the field”? That saying originated with Prime Time. I’m not a 49ers or Cowboys fan either, the dude was just fun to watch.

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