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NFL makes Cris Carter, Michael Irvin Pro Bowl captains


For the second year in a row, the NFL will eschew the traditional AFC-NFC Pro Bowl format and instead use Hall of Famers as team captains. The league announced today that Cris Carter and Michael Irvin will pick Pro Bowl squads this year.

The Pro Bowl will take place on Sunday, January 25 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, which will also host the Super Bowl a week later. The Pro Bowlers will be selected using votes of players, coaches and fans, but the teams will be divided not by conference but by Carter and Irvin conducting a “draft” and choosing their own rosters.

Carter was an eight-time Pro Bowler who was enshrined in Canton last year. Irvin was a five-time Pro Bowler who was selected to the Hall of Fame in 2007.

Although the Pro Bowl is often derided for its low quality of play, the NFL likes to boast that it has been America’s most-watched All-Star game for four years in a row. The gimmick of using retired stars as team captains is an effort to make the game feel less stale, and help keep those TV ratings high.

Let’s just hope Carter and Irvin can get through the draft without Carter saying anything to Irvin’s wife.

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  1. thepftpoet says: Jul 30, 2014 12:41 PM

    Top 5 WR’s of All Time :

    1. Randy Moss
    2. Chris Carter
    3. Jerry Rice
    4. Michael Irvin
    5. Cordarrelle Patterson

  2. shackdelrio says: Jul 30, 2014 12:43 PM

    In 25 years, the NFL will make Justin Blackmon and Josh Gordon the Pro Bowl captains.

  3. glennsyank13 says: Jul 30, 2014 12:49 PM

    Good thing they got this sorted out so early…

  4. coutre says: Jul 30, 2014 12:57 PM

    Just awful. Awful.

  5. deweyaxewound says: Jul 30, 2014 1:00 PM

    Must we ALWAYS have some loudmouth diva WRs as Pro Bowl coaches?

    How about a couple humble linemen? Or Commisioner v. Commissioner? How about coach vs. coach? Bill Parcells vs. Mike Ditka? Johnathan Ogden vs. Richard Dent?

    I’m starting to think maybe the NFL needs some kind of Rooney rule for these selections.

  6. billgramatica says: Jul 30, 2014 1:01 PM

    Worst Team in the NFL:

    Minnesota Vikings


  7. MinnesotaVikingsSuckDongJustLikeTheirFans says: Jul 30, 2014 1:03 PM

    It only makes sense that you have Captain Pushoff #1 and #2 as the captains.

  8. calicowboysfan86 says: Jul 30, 2014 1:07 PM

    Why do fans have a preference on who’s captain of the Pro Bowl when apparently no one cares about the Pro Bowl anyways?

    It’ll be fun to see Carter and Irvin out there. I liked the Deion and Jerry matchup better though. Good duo to kick off a new tradition.

  9. blacknole08 says: Jul 30, 2014 1:08 PM

    I can imagine Carter picking Calvin Johnson, and then Johnson demanding an immediate trade or threatening to sit out.

  10. kwgator says: Jul 30, 2014 1:11 PM

    Cris Carter & Michael Irvin …. Where da party?

    — Vince Young

  11. footballchic777 says: Jul 30, 2014 1:12 PM

    deweyaxewound: Wasn’t Deion Sanders a CB? You can find divas at EVERY position! Even coaches and O lineman….. I just thought it funny that they put up those two WRs!

  12. RegisHawk says: Jul 30, 2014 1:13 PM

    I can imagine Carter picking Doug Baldwin and Baldwin beating the crap out of him.

    Carter is an idiot who thinks a Gold jacket makes him an expert.

  13. 6ball says: Jul 30, 2014 1:20 PM

    Should be renamed “The Pro-jectile Vomit Bowl”.

  14. swede700 says: Jul 30, 2014 1:30 PM

    Why not just make the Captains Andre Reed and Jon Bon Jovi?

  15. wtfchiefs says: Jul 30, 2014 1:31 PM

    3 of the worst things in television.

  16. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 30, 2014 1:36 PM

    Couldn’t have picked 2 better players to make this game even more unappealing.

  17. bullcharger says: Jul 30, 2014 1:41 PM

    Top 5 WR’s of All Time :

    1. Randy Moss
    2. Chris Carter
    3. Jerry Rice
    4. Michael Irvin
    5. Cordarrelle Patterson


    Even a diehard Vikings fan needs to put Rice first.

  18. niner13 says: Jul 30, 2014 1:43 PM

    Michael Irvin can’t even spell Kaptyn.

  19. dobe420 says: Jul 30, 2014 1:45 PM

    deweyaxewound Rooney rule? Every captain has been black. Nor have they been the same positions last year, Deion CB/Jerry WR.

  20. ruthlessburgher says: Jul 30, 2014 1:45 PM

    Potheads get year-long suspensions now, but former Cokeheads get celebrated by the league.


    Cocaine’s a hell of a drug…

  21. minnesotapenguin says: Jul 30, 2014 1:48 PM

    These are the 2 most over-rated receivers of all time.

    It sickens me these 2 are in the Hall of Fame and Sterling Sharpe is not.

  22. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 30, 2014 1:50 PM

    I guess the idea is to have two has beens that care about the out come of the game since the players clearly don’t.

  23. djshnooks says: Jul 30, 2014 1:54 PM

    Andre Reed is better than both of them.

    End of story.

  24. phinfan says: Jul 30, 2014 1:55 PM

    Would be cooler if the Captains were the highest voted player(s). Like JJWatt & Brees last year minus the idiotic nonsense from the Sanders and Rice sideshow…

    But still was fun to watch.

  25. mshawn75 says: Jul 30, 2014 1:57 PM

    Stephan A. Smith as cheerleaders captain.

  26. FinFan68 says: Jul 30, 2014 2:04 PM

    This format was dumb last year and it continues. Not surprising, people will watch damned near anything. How else do you explain the success of “reality TV”?

  27. ipskipskyblue says: Jul 30, 2014 2:30 PM

    Charming group of follks you keep in your inner circles Roger.

    I am really starting to hate the NFL.

  28. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 30, 2014 2:36 PM

    Jerry Rice is a respected former player and was a good choice for this format.

    Carter bounced around the league due to drug and off the field issues.

    Irvin has also had off the field issues from stabbing a guy as he sat for a haircut, drug abuse, a paraphernalia arrest he could have avoided by just paying traffic fines, hookers and coke, etc.

    They rudely only get louder in a conversation so no one else can speak creating a monolog of bad English.

    The last thing I want to see is is a microphone under the nostrils of either of them.

    Why did they not go with RESPECTED former players?

  29. mackcarrington says: Jul 30, 2014 2:43 PM

    Considering the comments made by Irvin recently regarding Carter, this is obviously contrived to generate some attention for a game no one cares about any longer. This is pathetic.

  30. bullcharger says: Jul 30, 2014 2:53 PM

    ruthlessburgher says:Jul 30, 2014 1:45 PM

    Potheads get year-long suspensions now, but former Cokeheads get celebrated by the league.


    Cocaine’s a hell of a drug…


    If Gordon was a “former” pot head he’d be fine now too.

  31. jayblack073 says: Jul 30, 2014 3:12 PM

    I hope Doug Baldwin makes the Pro Bowl this year. Probably won’t happen, but the look on CC’s face would be too priceless

  32. mortwannabe says: Jul 30, 2014 3:34 PM

    Two guys who love to hear themselves talk and say absolute nothing.

  33. brandt08 says: Jul 30, 2014 3:42 PM

    Freaking drama….shouldn’t have picked these 2

  34. broncostevenp says: Jul 30, 2014 4:07 PM

    They should just do away with the Pro Bowl. It’s Stupid. Change it to a skills competition or do a tour of the Cities that don’t have NFL teams and have the players sign autographs.

  35. 1phillyphan says: Jul 30, 2014 4:26 PM

    Here’s a list of team names :


    Loud vs Louder

    Coke VS Pepsi

    You’re Fired vs You Should Be Fired

    They should’ve made Micheal Irvins wife a co-captain..Then maybe Carter would try to get her to leave the team as well.

  36. simonator917 says: Jul 30, 2014 4:29 PM

    And bring on the dancing bears in hula skirts while you’re at it.


  37. juliusanonymous says: Jul 30, 2014 6:48 PM

    I love the irony of Chris Carter drafting the players as if he knows anything. This is the same airhead who came on Seattle radio, mocked the Seattle media and the Seahawks live on air, literally asked Warren Moon if he would like to see Carter’s HOF ring (maybe he was unaware that Moon has one as well), said we had no chance in the Superbowl and that our receivers were pedestrian. The same receivers who put up multiple TDs on the Broncos, while the supposedly superior Broncos receivers did exactly nothing.

    But hey, maybe he’ll pick Doug Baldwin so Doug can show him what a Superbowl ring looks like.

    Chris Cater is a hack and a joke. And I find it hilarious that he hasn’t come on Seattle sports radio to eat his crow. Where you at, Carter? All mouth before the Superbowl, but you sure are quiet now. LOL… what a loser.

  38. petedutcherjr says: Jul 30, 2014 7:55 PM

    For the second year in a row, I will not be watching the probowl.

    The only reason I even bothered watching every year before was because of the competition between conferences, which they have now removed.

    This new format has made the game even more meaningless.

  39. steelerfan9598 says: Jul 30, 2014 10:01 PM


  40. gurnblanstonreturns says: Jul 30, 2014 10:16 PM

    It’s astounding. Michael Irvin is not the most embarrassing member of the Hall of Fame. Michael Irvin is not the worst NFL analyst on television. Now, Michael Irvin will not be the most disgraceful captain at the Pro Bowl. Who does Michael Irvin have to thank for his good fortune? Idiotic voters for the Hall of Fame, tone deaf television executives and Roger Goodell for picking cris carter. cris carter’s bust at the Hall of Fame should be a full size Randy Moss cradling a tiny cris carter in his arms.

  41. pittsburghdamned says: Jul 31, 2014 3:43 AM

    The only way this would come to be is if there was a master plan to get them both in the same place for a bolt of lightning or similar.

    I’m coming back to church, God.

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