Team Mainland could compete with Team Sanders and Team Rice


When the NFL announced the 2014 Pro Bowlers last month, we knew there would be plenty of dropouts: The players in the Super Bowl don’t play in the Pro Bowl, some players get injured and some players just don’t feel like going to Hawaii.

But now that the two Pro Bowl teams have been announced (Team Rice and Team Sanders, for their Hall of Fame honorary captains), we can look back and see that a team made up of the original Pro Bowlers who won’t be in Hawaii on Sunday (which I’ve dubbed Team Mainland) would be competitive with either Team Sanders or Team Rice.

Here’s the breakdown of how many of the original Pro Bowlers ended up on Team Rice, Team Sanders and Team Mainland.

Team Mainland (27)

Patriots QB Tom Brady, Broncos QB Peyton Manning, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, 49ers RB Frank Gore, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas, Texans WR Andre Johnson, Lions WR Calvin Johnson, 49ers OT Joe Staley, Eagles OT Jason Peters, 49ers OG Mike Iupati, Broncos OG Louis Vasquez, Seahawks C Max Unger, 49ers TE Vernon Davis, Broncos TE Julius Thomas, 49ers DT Justin Smith, Ravens DT Haloti Ngata, 49ers OLB Ahmad Brooks, 49ers ILB Navorro Bowman, 49ers ILB Patrick Willis, Seahawks CB Richard Sherman, Patriots CB Aqib Talib, Seahawks FS Earl Thomas, Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor, Steelers SS Troy Polamalu, Broncos PK Matt Prater

Team Rice (28)

Saints QB Drew Brees, Chargers QB Philip Rivers, Bears RB Matt Forte, Eagles RB LeSean McCoy, Bears WR Brandon Marshall, Browns WR Josh Gordon, Cowboys OT Tyron Smith, Browns OT Joe Thomas, Saints OG Jahri Evans, Saints OG Ben Grubbs, Panther C Ryan Kalil, Saints TE Jimmy Graham, Panthers FB Mike Tolbert, Saints DE Cameron Jordan, Rams DE Robert Quinn, Dolphins DE Cameron Wake, Bills DT Kyle Williams, Cardinals OLB John Abraham, Chiefs OLB Justin Houston, Colts OLB Robert Mathis, Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict, Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers, Browns CB Joe Haden, Titans CB Alterraun Verner, Bills FS Jairus Byrd, Rams P Johnny Hekker, Chiefs PR Dexter McCluster, Cardinals ST Justin Bethel.

Team Sanders (30)

Panthers QB Cam Newton, Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles, Steelers WR Antonio Brown, Cowboys WR Dez Bryant, Bengals WR A.J. Green, Chiefs OT Branden Albert, Redskins OT Trent Williams, Pariots OG Logan Mankins, Ravens OG Marshal Yanda, Browns C Alex Mack, Dolphins C Mike Pouncey, Browns TE Jordan Cameron, Raiders FB Marcel Reece, Texans DE J.J. Watt, Bills DE Mario Williams, Panthers DE Greg Hardy, Lions DT Ndamukong Suh, Chiefs NT Dontari Poe, Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy, Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali, Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs, Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly, Dolphins CB Brent Grimes, Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson, Buccaneers CB Darrelle Revis, Chargers FS Eric Weddle, Chiefs SS Eric Berry, Dolphins P Brandon Fields, Ravens PK Justin Tucker, Patriots ST Matthew Slater.

40 responses to “Team Mainland could compete with Team Sanders and Team Rice

  1. The only thing worse than there still being a Pro-Bowl game is the desperate move to make it a fantasy football style draft.

    Someone tell Goodell to stop beating the dead horse already.

  2. You know what’s really kind of scary? The number one item that most Hall of Fame voters look at when determining whether or not a player is HOF worthy is the number of Pro Bowls they played in and were voted to play in.

    Is there any other reason to even hold this game anymore? If this game goes away, is there another criterion the voters can use?

  3. Just like every year:

    “The Best Players in the NFL who weren’t Smart Enough or Good Enough to have an Excuse not to attend and Risk Injury”

    Let’s jettison this joke for a game I’d actually watch:

    Make the worst team in the NFL play the best team from College and see who wins.

    That would provide a needed dis-incentive to do what the Colts did and tank a season to grab the #1 pick.

  4. haaa. team mainland compete? Brady or peyton throwing to calvin, andre and demarius with AP coming out of the backfield. Lets be clear here. Team mainland wins this game hands down any day of the week. Team mainland shows that if there was an Olympics for football why America would dominate everyone else.

  5. The number of Pro Bowls that players have been to is a stat that’s way too glorified when you take into account the fact that so many of these guys are only asked to go because one or two guys ahead of them decided they didn’t want to play.

  6. To those complaining about the HOF voters using number of Pro Bowls to make their picks: Most sources counting number of Pro Bowls only count initial selections, what’s announced after Week 16, not whether or not they beg out or were picked to replace those who begged out. The HOF voters aren’t that stupid.

  7. They need to retool the Hall of Fame game into the pro bowl somehow. HoF game is always a joke. Why not merge the 2 , and see what happens. If anything it’s one less meaningless, let’s not get hurt game.

  8. How about scrap the Pro Bowl “game” and just have like an awards show like the ESPY’s except celebrating the achievements of all the Pro Bowl players. Give each player a couple minutes in the limelight to reflect on some of his season highlights and what makes him a special player. Let them all gather on the red carpet in NYC or LA or something and make it an event.

  9. The NFL moved the Pro Bowl to the week before the Super Bowl in order try and generate some interest. In my opinion they just made an even bigger joke out of it.

    21 of the 27 players on team mainland played in the conference championship games. The conference winners obviously aren’t going to play. And no one from the losing teams are going to want to fly to Hawaii the day after losing a big game like that and get ready to play in the pro bowl.

  10. mintberrycrunch1 says:
    Jan 24, 2014 12:45 PM

    Anyone else think its beyond absurd that there is ~90 probowlers? All-Pro is the only thing that really matters in my opinion.
    Right, well put.

    I think ESPN probably cares about Pro Bowl selections more than anyone so they can beef up the resumes they display of their ex-player/analysts.

    But when you see that an analyst has 5 Pro Bowl selections and just 1 All-Pro selection, it devalues the Pro-Bowl even more.

  11. Remember when they held the pro bowl two weeks after the big game, and had the skills comp. fastest man, and quarterback comp. leading up,to it? That was actually fun… plus whether or not your team was in the big game, won it, or lost it, there was still one more football game so you didn’t have the sharp let down of the season being over. Never shoulda changed it.

  12. Deion is ruining his name doing any and everything people ask of him for any amount of money. Ironically all this has done is cheapen his legacy and persona in my eyes.
    People forget he was electrifying in his hay day, they now just see him as that annoying guy on NFL network. He has over saturated his brand

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