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Rice, Irvin pick sides in riveting Pro Bowl draft

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So much drama. So much at stake. So much…filler content.

The Pro Bowl draft was held as part of a two-hour TV special Wednesday night. Really.

There’s really a Pro Bowl draft. The game is no longer AFC vs. NFC. This year, it’s Team Rice vs. Team Irvin with Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin as honorary captains.

Rice and Irvin, by the way, are a couple injury absences away from being in uniform. The game will go on Sunday in Honolulu, though, and now the rosters are set.

It wasn’t a true draft. To ensure balance and some semblance of competitiveness, 34 players were pre-assigned to divide centers, tight ends, left tackles, kickers, long snappers, etc. Four player captains were selected — Devonta Freeman and Geno Atkins for Team Irvin; Odell Beckham and Aaron Donald for Team Rice — and 48 players eventually were drafted.

Irvin got Russell Wilson, Julio Jones and Richard Sherman with his early picks. With a nudge from Beckham, Rice started with Eli Manning, then used three of his next four on the talented and young Raiders trio of Khalil Mack, Derek Carr and Amari Cooper.

“This is the first game of 2016 in my mind,” Wilson said on the draft broadcast. And he pretty much said it with a straight face.

Browns center Alex Mack, who once scored a Pro Bowl touchdown, is on Team Irvin. His Browns teammates Gary Barnidge and Joe Thomas will play for Team Rice. The full rosters can be found over on

Not that any of you would ever research and wager on the Pro Bowl.

Rice chose Andy Reid and his Chiefs staff to coach Team Rice. Though Mike McCarthy had to stay home, the Packers staff will coach Team Irvin with Winston Moss as head coach.

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84 Responses to “Rice, Irvin pick sides in riveting Pro Bowl draft”
  1. skoobyfl says: Jan 27, 2016 9:58 PM

    Maybe Brady can show up & teach the young guys how to take a few dozen shots in the pocket ?

  2. carloswlassiter says: Jan 27, 2016 10:05 PM

    This didn’t really happen, did it?

  3. aj66shanghai says: Jan 27, 2016 10:05 PM

    Wow way to take a stand on promotion, commercialism and the Pro Bowl. Next you’re gonna say that Pepsi doesn’t make super bowl ads for the sake of art and enlightenment, but just to sell cola?

    The pro bowl has always been a joke. Glad you finally caught on.

  4. sixchr says: Jan 27, 2016 10:07 PM

    Does anybody actually want this game to exist?

  5. nje22 says: Jan 27, 2016 10:08 PM

    Um, uh ok, I guess, thanks

  6. winz305 says: Jan 27, 2016 10:10 PM

    I’ll be tuned in to watch being that this format is a lot better than the afc vs nfc pro bowl garbage where the players didn’t really play.

  7. george1859 says: Jan 27, 2016 10:12 PM

    Good god, just end the pro bowl already…..

  8. mikelitoris1 says: Jan 27, 2016 10:14 PM

    Mark my words… John Kuhn will TEAR up the field! Before you know it, 1st and 10 will turn into 2nd and 9 and there will be KUUUUHHHHHNNNN chants everywhere. He will show the world not only that he’s a pro, but a pro’s pro.

    Be afraid whatever team Kuhn is not on; be very afraid!


  9. DaveKShape says: Jan 27, 2016 10:16 PM

    I live in the D.C. Metro area and was sorting my trash/recycling since it wasn’t picked up last week due to the blizzard.

    I had more fun than people who watched this.

  10. ariani1985 says: Jan 27, 2016 10:16 PM

    But, but, but, but, but, but packer fans were saying that Rogers would go first!

  11. vikesfan320 says: Jan 27, 2016 10:17 PM

    Two things I think they could do to make this something actually worthwhile since it isn’t right now. Either one of these is currently better than the half-hearted exhibition.

    1. Make the college Senior Bowl the main event of the Pro Bowl. Pay for all “Pro Bowl” NFL-ers to go to Hawaii with these kids and mentor them through the week. Imagine the guidance Russell Wilson could give Carson Wentz and how much he would help. It’d be great to see some future NFL-ers on an NFL caliber stage.

    2. Instead of current NFL players, do like they did with the combine and make a “Veteran’s Bowl”. Let former guys who want to get back into it show what they can do. I’d much rather watch Vince Young and Tim Tebow try everything they can to get back in the league than watch O- and D-lineman pattycake with each other at the line.

    Maybe these ideas suck, but they can’t suck much worse than the Pro Bowl. There’s just too much injury risk to make it something guys will go hard at. Especially after the year we’ve just had with the unbelievable rash of injuries to big name guys.

  12. jimthebuilder27 says: Jan 27, 2016 10:25 PM

    Waste of time for a total disgrace of a game.

  13. packy305 says: Jan 27, 2016 10:31 PM

    The game is a farce . Even the head coach doesn’t want to be there ! Eliminate the game and just name the players . NFL is tooooo greedy !!!!!

  14. damcmp says: Jan 27, 2016 10:32 PM

    its all a lot of NFL bull…….

  15. tommykramer9 says: Jan 27, 2016 10:33 PM


  16. dexx57 says: Jan 27, 2016 10:34 PM

    Riveting? Lol

  17. raiderman81 says: Jan 27, 2016 10:56 PM

    that was 3 minutes of my life that i will never get back….. wow i read that lol….. pro bowl smh

  18. Exiled1 says: Jan 27, 2016 10:59 PM

    An All-Pro Award show highlighting the honorees and no useless game being played would be better. Black tie event a’la the Oscars/Grammys with short video clips of the selected players and hitch it to a different NFL city every year would be cool. Do it the week after the Super Bowl so everybody can attend. Not perfect but best I could come up with in a few minutes.

    I used to love the All-Madden Team Show when I was a kid.

    The players are ever more unwilling to participate and the teams that are on the field now are filled with replacement and filler players that make a mockery of the whole procedure only second to the game itself.

  19. chipper41 says: Jan 27, 2016 11:09 PM

    The probowl! The mother of all all star games and a fantasy football dream come true. When can i enter the fanduel 1,000,000 2 dollar qualifier? And I googled fanduel probowl stacking advice and nothing came up. I’m so confused! Please help

  20. catquick says: Jan 27, 2016 11:15 PM

    Team Rice!

  21. tjacks7 says: Jan 27, 2016 11:17 PM

    Wow! This is so much more exciting than playing NFCvs AFC! I was on the edge my seat through the entire draft! It was almost as good as watching kickoffs sail thru the back of the endzone or extra points!

  22. pgolf3 says: Jan 27, 2016 11:20 PM

    I watched this for 5 minutes and the only question i have is;;

    When will espn tell jon gruden to get a real freakin haircut??????????????????????????////

  23. racksie says: Jan 27, 2016 11:24 PM

    Here is how little I care about the Pro Bowl, I had no idea this format even existed.

    Also earlier I said this, and will say it again, this game just needs to go away. No one wants to be there. Now coaches are bailing on it. Give the honor and, skip the game. Please. It is un-watchable anyway.

  24. montrealraider says: Jan 27, 2016 11:27 PM

    Got an idea today about the Probowl to upgrade the interest from the plays.

    The NFL should make it a CHARITY EVENT. Take all the revenue generated and distribute donations to various charities supported by each player. Players on the winning team get slightly bigger donations. Between the plays when possible they could present some of the charities.

    That way it would give the players a nice incentive to participate and play good football, all while serving the community. I think its a win-win for the players and the fans. I think its just the owners who would have to give up some money with that, those poor bastards.

  25. ebdug says: Jan 27, 2016 11:35 PM

    I’ve bet on the game before. You just bet against the team with the most rastas. They stay longer at the luau and come in hungover for the game.

  26. dino2997 says: Jan 27, 2016 11:36 PM

    Who got Teddy Bustwater?

  27. wledlund says: Jan 27, 2016 11:39 PM

    I think they should make a senior bowl and bring back retired players who can pass a physical. How cool would that be?

  28. sonsoflombardi says: Jan 27, 2016 11:47 PM

    The shark hast been jumpeth.

  29. piis31415 says: Jan 27, 2016 11:49 PM

    I’ve never been a huge fan of the Pro Bowl, but ever since they ditched the NFC vs. AFC format, I don’t care about it at all. What little value there was in the game was completely wiped away by stripping away the conference rivalry.

  30. jerrytown says: Jan 28, 2016 12:01 AM

    My bet is on team Rice

  31. raidernation37 says: Jan 28, 2016 12:48 AM

    Just end this menagerie. It hasn’t been good or relevant in a very long time

  32. spittabeatz says: Jan 28, 2016 12:50 AM

    Same set last year..nothing new

  33. extrametal says: Jan 28, 2016 12:56 AM

    Odell Beckham as team captain adds some much needed legitimacy to the proceedings.

  34. moses74 says: Jan 28, 2016 1:00 AM

    In before the “arc chair” experts share their opinions

  35. daaabears says: Jan 28, 2016 1:13 AM

    Two hour special. That’s embarrassing, NFL.

  36. ajas95 says: Jan 28, 2016 1:24 AM

    Haha, betting on the Pro Bowl! What kind of degenerate lunatic do you think I am?

    But let’s just say Vegas had an opening line… Any word on that? I’m thinking Irvin -2.5, O/U 70.5

  37. mountaindont says: Jan 28, 2016 1:28 AM

    “Riveting”? who are you trying to fool ? The Geico “are you at a Zumba class?” commercial is more riveting than this

  38. bigwinintx says: Jan 28, 2016 1:53 AM

    Might as well just play ‘Flag Football’, at least then we’d know for sure there won’t be any “defense”.

    Waste of time, effort and advertising revenue…
    I’m not watching…

  39. ninerboi says: Jan 28, 2016 1:56 AM

    All star weekend would be much, much more entertaining if they did skills events (40 yard dash races, hands competition, QB target battle, 1 on 1 WR vs DB, etc) than some gimpy scrimmage game.

    At least then the actual pro bowlers would participate (and maybe some Super Bowl players) because they don’t have to worry about getting injured.

    This draft crap is….crap.

  40. tooz72 says: Jan 28, 2016 6:05 AM

    #TeamRaiders will dominate this most important game. More at stake in this game than the one the following Sunday. Carr to Coopwe at least 10 times and Mack will pile up a Pro Bowl record 15 sacks. Just Win, Baby! then on to San Antonio!

  41. carlospaula says: Jan 28, 2016 7:40 AM

    They should have 4 teams so they could have 2 games going on the field at the same time…Then, I’d watch.

  42. shlort says: Jan 28, 2016 7:47 AM

    Still won’t watch it.

  43. stinkymcmulligan says: Jan 28, 2016 7:51 AM

    A toliet bowl has more use that the NFL Pro Bowl

  44. xsm941f says: Jan 28, 2016 8:12 AM

    What an utterly embarrassing waste of time.

  45. adelphos33 says: Jan 28, 2016 8:16 AM

    Eli Manning and Russell Wilson both seem like solid, company guys. If they are healthy and selected for the Pro Bowl, they will show up year-in and year-out. Brady, not so much.

  46. nycdf says: Jan 28, 2016 8:33 AM

    I’d watch the game, but I have to go shopping for sliced American cheese that day.

  47. 6ball says: Jan 28, 2016 8:33 AM

    The (so called) Pro Bowl – brought to you by the same team of morons that brought you framegate. Let’s hear it for Goodell, Pash, Gardi, Blandino, Vincent, Kensil, Henderson, Wells, Graves, and newest rat, former Clinton press secretary Joe Lockhart who will be taking Goodell’s fire for the framegate debacle.

    You might remember Lockhart as the man who lied to America about the Lewinsky affair from day one. He makes John Lovitz look like Pope Francis.

  48. silvernblacksabbath says: Jan 28, 2016 8:35 AM

    Scrap this garbage…..

  49. northpackalacky says: Jan 28, 2016 8:45 AM

    They should play the Super Bowl in Hawaii.

  50. SexBoat Captain says: Jan 28, 2016 8:49 AM

    I’m guessing McCarthy will play the players that his Qb likes the best with least amount of talent .

  51. tvguy22 says: Jan 28, 2016 8:50 AM

    Less and less relevant every year.

  52. fanofsportsman says: Jan 28, 2016 8:56 AM

    Who the heck picked Beckham as a captain???? Shows what a farce this game is!

  53. routerunner says: Jan 28, 2016 9:05 AM

    We need to keep the pro bowl. It’s the only way fans in Cleveland or Buffalo can hope to see their players win anything.

  54. jjackwagon says: Jan 28, 2016 9:06 AM

    I would watch if…check that…there is no conceivable scenario.

    Get rid of this garbage and just do the skills competition.

  55. bobby4413 says: Jan 28, 2016 9:18 AM

    I’d rather watch Irvin and Rice draft their teams and immediately play the pro bowl on Madden than watch the real game.

  56. theroc5156 says: Jan 28, 2016 9:20 AM

    I wonder if David DeCastro will get along with his new Bengal teammates for the week.

  57. buckethead1 says: Jan 28, 2016 9:23 AM

    We get it, Cam Newton is black….He’ll tell us in another 5 minutes in case you haven’t heard yet…..

  58. thetooloftools says: Jan 28, 2016 9:38 AM

    The closest thing to flag football ever.

  59. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Jan 28, 2016 9:42 AM

    I spent those 2 hours playing guitar. Way better use of my time.

  60. myspaceyourface says: Jan 28, 2016 9:48 AM

    I think it’s time to do away with the Pro Bowl game. They should still vote and nominate All Pro players.

  61. mogogo1 says: Jan 28, 2016 10:20 AM

    I was talking to my neighbor over the fence yesterday and his phone rings. It was Jerry Rice picking him.

  62. leatherhelmets says: Jan 28, 2016 10:21 AM

    How many more alternates have to drop out before we see Manziel vs RG3. I would watch this.

  63. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jan 28, 2016 10:22 AM

    Browns center Alex Mack, who once scored a Pro Bowl touchdown, is on Team Irvin. His Browns teammates Gary Barnidge and Joe Thomas will play for Team Rice.

    Boy, if you thought no one played hard in this game before, having players on the same team compete against each other should really spice it up.

  64. 1964bclions says: Jan 28, 2016 10:51 AM

    Combine the Pro Bowl with The AVN Awards.

    AVN Awards Saturday and The Pro Bowl the following Sunday.

  65. idpfantasyfootball says: Jan 28, 2016 11:01 AM

    They chose Charles Woodson last??!!

    Much respect LOST for both Rice and Irvin…

  66. dtroxallday says: Jan 28, 2016 11:15 AM

    Wilson’s looking at it like the first game of 2016 because he’d lime to forget his last game of 2016.

  67. waldogrey says: Jan 28, 2016 11:21 AM

    For a game no one claims to care about, it seems like a LOT of you care enough to come on here and comment on it. As long as people still keep watching it, even if just to complain about it, it will still exist.

  68. joemontanafootball16 says: Jan 28, 2016 11:21 AM

    Didn’t watch it. Won’t watch the pro bowl either. Football is not exciting when it’s just a casual event like the pro bowl, where nothing is at stake. I can’t watch a game where half the players aren’t even trying.

  69. fringetastic says: Jan 28, 2016 11:22 AM

    Can’t wait for this whole debacle to be buried and gone forever.

  70. audioflint says: Jan 28, 2016 11:26 AM

    I wish the Pro Bowl was televised before the Super Bowl on Super Sunday, so the players competed in front of that audience to make the game more intriguing.

  71. packmanfan says: Jan 28, 2016 11:42 AM

    You can tell that the NFL also no longer cares for it and treats it like the joke it is by not having AFC vs NFC any more and giving them the worst looking uniforms on the planet.
    Heck, if I was a player and I had to wear one of those, I’d stay home with an injury to.

  72. eventresourcespresents says: Jan 28, 2016 11:46 AM

    How come people are so offended by the Pro Bowl? I understand it’s not a great game to watch, but I enjoy turning it on for about a quarter during the off week between the championship games and the Super Bowl. No one is forcing you to watch it or pay for tickets to it, etc. How does it affect people to the point that they hate it and want it cancelled? I’m legitimately curious.

  73. kidzaround says: Jan 28, 2016 11:48 AM

    They have made a dumb, meaningless game more dumb. I would expect this sort of thing from the WWE. Maybe Hulk Hogan and the Rock will pick teams next year.

  74. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Jan 28, 2016 11:52 AM

    I’m sure Rice waited for the telecast to end before passing out the stickum to his team

  75. jmethane says: Jan 28, 2016 12:03 PM

    Wilson’s looking at it like the first game of 2016 because he’d lime to forget his last game of 2016.


    As would every other qb in the league other than PM and Cam. In a week and a half you can add one of those Two to the list. Only one qb in the league gets to be happy with how it ended every year.

    But really, if you are surprised by Wilson and how competitive he is (yes even in a probowl) then you don’t understand what drives him and why a 5’10 qb could become one of the best in football when most people doubted the possibility.

    On a side-note if this game is like flag football where defenders areally going 90% then I can think of no better qb than russell. Can you? The way he can extend a play and make something out of nothing just playing street ball on a broken down play is unmatched and I imagine that is what it’s going to look like much of the time. RW rolling out, breaking someone’s ankles again like he did jj watt in his last probowl (look it up it was awesome and made jj play harder from that moment on).

    Picking Russell Wilson first for this game was an easy easy decision.

  76. suhmonster90 says: Jan 28, 2016 12:05 PM

    The way they play in the Pro Bowl is the way Roger wants every game to be played in the future. I’ll be watching to see what to expect in 15 years.

  77. sbchampsagain says: Jan 28, 2016 12:17 PM

    This game isn’t going anywhere.

    Sadly, the Pro Bowl gets better ratings than pretty much every MLB, NHL and NBA playoff game…

  78. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Jan 28, 2016 12:17 PM

    this will be the one game they test and release to the public the halftime PSI data.

  79. lambeaudungbarn says: Jan 28, 2016 12:24 PM

    The Pro Bowl used to be about Honor and commitment, since neither exist in the League anymore, CAN THE GAME!

  80. lambeaudungbarn says: Jan 28, 2016 12:25 PM

    And yes Irvin…..They STILL Love to hate You!

  81. packmanfan says: Jan 28, 2016 1:19 PM

    Would anybody be sad if they moved this game to London instead every year?
    I think that would be a good compromise for those ridiculous regular season games and the dumb idea of having an NFL team there.
    London, you can have the pro bowl from now until the end of time as far as I’m concerned.

  82. lindacaseauthor says: Jan 30, 2016 9:50 AM

    dino2997 says:
    Jan 27, 2016 11:36 PM
    Who got Teddy Bustwater?
    Who got beauty queen Claitlin Matthews with the ledge HGH forehead? (BTW a banned substance in the NFL)

  83. jmethane says: Jan 31, 2016 11:29 AM

    Who got beauty queen Claitlin Matthews with the ledge HGH forehead?
    Have you seen that new DiGiorno commercial where he has the beard? Not at all a beauty queen anymore…. dude looks like Wisconsin finally got to him.

  84. headwoundharry says: Feb 3, 2016 2:16 AM

    The Fan Boys who mock the game here, will watch it religiously and not tell anybody. Fact!

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