Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice played four seasons with the Oakland Raiders after a remarkable career across the Bay with the San Francisco 49er's, and he showed his love for the Silver & Black during the 2016 Pro Bowl Draft on Wednesday.
The Raiders sent five players to the Pro Bowl, and Rice selected three of them with his first five picks. The first Raider off the board was Khalil Mack, who was taken by Rice with his second pick. Mack is coming off of an amazing season where he finished with 15 sacks and was named an All-Pro in two different positions (defensive end and outside linebacker), the first player in history to have such a feat.
The next Raiders player off the board was second-year quarterback Derek Carr. He became the third quarterback off of the board, following Russell Wilson (first overall) and Eli Manning (second overalll). The move has Carr backing up Manning, and will give him a chance to throw to wide recievers by the name of Odell Beckham, Jr., Jarvis Landry and oen familiar face.
That familiar face is rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper, who was the third Raider taken off of the board and was also Rice's next pick after selecting Carr. The selection pairs him up with his quarterback from the Raiders, whom he connected with for 72 times for 1,070 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He will not only be hauling in passes from Carr, but he will also have the chance to interact and learn from the greatest of all time, Jerry Rice.
It wasn't until Latavius Murray went that a Raider went to the other team, Team Irivin. Murray heads to a team led by NFC running backs Devonta Freeman and rookie running back Todd Gurley III.
The last Raider off the board was veteran safety Charles Woodson, who will be playing in his last game as an NFL player. Woodson would eventually end up on Team Rice, joining Mack, Carr and Cooper. Former Raiders head coach Jon Gruden was present for the draft, and called Irvin and Rice "crazy" for having Woodson be the last player drafted. The two coaches countered by saying they did it on purpose, since Woodson should be the last player on TV for the draft to honor him.
So there you have it, your 2016 Pro Bowl rosters with all five Raiders. Murray will be the odd man out as he is on Team Irvin, with the rest of his teammates playing for Rice.
The teams will take the field at Aloha Stadium on Sunday at 4:00 pm PST.