Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice are returning to the Pro Bowl in 2016, once again serving as captains of the teams.
Team Irvin beat Cris Carter’s team last year, 32-28, in Phoenix one week before the Super Bowl. On Jan. 27, 2016, the Pro Bowl moves back to its old hosting site in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Rice will replace Carter as a captain in 2016. Rice and Deion Sanders served as captains of the 2014 Pro Bowl, the year the new format debuted. Before that, teams were split between the AFC and NFC, but since 2014 the captains have selected their teams among the players that were voted into the Pro Bowl by a split of fan, player and coach voting – each counting one-third toward the selection process.
Irvin and Rice will have final say over the drafting of the players to their teams after the votes of who is in and out of the Pro Bowl have been determined. They will be assisted in the fantasy-football styled draft process by defensive “legend” co-captains, two active player captains and one fantasy football champion.
Irvin was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time Super Bowl champion (XXVII, XXVIII and XXX) during his 12-year career with the Dallas Cowboys. He still ranks as the Cowboys’ all-time leader in receiving yards (11,904).
“Being a Pro Bowl captain was a great experience last season,” Irvin said in a release from the NFL. “The new format brought a fresh excitement to the Pro Bowl Draft and game. I can’t wait to see which players get voted to the Pro Bowl this season.”
Rice was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010, was a 13-time Pro Bowl selection and was also a three-time Super Bowl champion (XXIII, XXIV and XXIX). A standout wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks, Rice is the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions (1,549), receiving yards (22,895) and touchdowns (208 total; 197 receiving, 10 rushing and one return).
“Playing in the Pro Bowl was always exciting for me,” Rice said. “The players really seemed to be excited about the new rules and the Pro Bowl Draft format the past two years. I’m excited to be a part of it again this season.”
Rice, Irvin to captain 2016 Pro Bowl teams
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