Rice, Sanders start shaping Pro Bowl rosters
Kapolei, Hawaii (SportsNetwork.com) - Alumni team captains Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders begin shaping the 2014 Pro Bowl rosters on Tuesday.
Rice won a coin toss at Tuesday's press conference and had his choice of active player captains, choosing New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn, as the first members of Team Rice, and leaving Houston defensive lineman J.J. Watt and Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles as captains for Team Sanders.
Team Sanders led off the draft process by taking Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh first and following that up with another pair of interior linemen, Tampa Bay's Gerald McCoy and Kansas City's Dontari Poe. Team Rice took Dallas DT Jason Hatcher and a pair of teammates in Buffalo DTs Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus.
The other selections made by Team Rice on Tuesday were Brees' teammates in New Orleans, offensive guards Jahri Evans and Ben Grubbs, along with Philadelphia Eagles guard Evan Mathis, center Ryan Kalil and fullback Mike Tolbert of the Carolina Panthers, New York Jets center Nick Mangold, Arizona Cardinals special teams stalwart Justin Bethel, St. Louis Rams punter Johnny Hekker and Indianapolis Colts long snapper Matt Overton.
Other selections by Team Sanders were Baltimore Ravens guard Marshal Yanda, New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins, Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long, Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack, Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece, New England Patriots special teamer Matthew Slater, Miami Dolphins punter Brandon Fields and Panthers long snapper J.J. Jansen.
The first-ever Pro Bowl Draft will continue on Wednesday with 60 players still to be selected during a nationally televised three-hour primetime broadcast on NFL Network.
The 2014 Pro Bowl will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Sunday.
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