Every year, the top players that are not lucky enough to play in the Superbowl are elected to play in the Pro Bowl. Numerous times in previous years, this game has taken place in Hawaii, however, for the 3rd time, the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl will take place at the same site as the Superbowl, this year it taking place at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The game was also previously in an AFC vs NFC format, but this will be the 2nd year that the rosters will be selected in a fantasy draft style format with Hall of Fame Wide Receivers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin selecting the rosters.
The coaches for the opposing teams are typically the highest seeded team’s coaching staff to lose in the divisional round, which would be the Jason Garrett and the Dallas Cowboy’s staff for the NFC and John Fox and the Denver Bronco’s staff for the AFC, but since Fox and the Broncos agreed to have a mutual split, Coach John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens coaching staff will fill in. The draft for the two teams to be selected will take place Wednesday, January 21st, at 8 pm EST, live on NFL Network. The game itself will be shown Sunday, January 25th, at 8 pm EST, and telecasted on ESPN.
Below are the pool of players that will be available for Irvin and Carter to choose from:
Quarterbacks: Aaron Rodgers GBP, Peyton Manning DEN, Tom Brady NEP, Andrew Luck IND, Tony Romo DAL, and Drew Brees NOS.
Running Backs: DeMarco Murray DAL, Le’Veon Bell PIT, Marshawn Lynch SEA, Jamaal Charles KCC, LeSean McCoy PHI, and Justin Forsett BAL.
Fullbacks: John Kuhn GBP and Marcel Reece OAK.
Wide Receivers: Antonio Brown PIT, Jordy Nelson GBP, Dez Bryant DAL, Demaryius Thomas DEN, TY Hilton IND, AJ Green CIN, Odell Beckham Jr NYG, and Emmanuel Sanders DEN.
Tight Ends: Rob Gronkowski NEP, Jimmy Graham NOS, Julius Thomas DEN, and Greg Olsen CAR.
Offensive Tackles: Joe Thomas CLE, Tyron Smith DAL, Ryan Clady DEN, Jason Peters PHI, Joe Staley SFF, and Trent Williams WAS.
Centers: Travis Frederick DAL, Maurkice Pouncey PIT, Nick Mangold NYJ, and Jason Kelce PHI.
Offensive Guards: Josh Sitton GBP, Zack Martin DAL, Marshal Yanda BAL, Kyle Long CHI, Evan Mathis PHI, and Mike Pouncey MIA.
Defensive Ends: JJ Watt HOU, DeMarcus Ware DEN, Cameron Wake MIA, Mario Williams BUF, Robert Quinn STL, and Calais Campbell ARI.
Defensive Tackles: Marcel Dareus BUF, Ndamukong Suh DET, Dontari Poe KCC, Aaron Donald STL, Kyle Williams BUF, and Sheldon Richardson NYJ.
Outside Linebackers: Von Miller DEN, Clay Matthews GBP, Justin Houston KCC, Elvis Dumervil BAL, Connor Barwin PHI, and Tamba Hali KCC.
Inside Linebackers: Luke Kuechly CAR, CJ Mosley BAL, Lawrence Timmons PIT, and Bobby Wagner SEA.
Cornerbacks: Joe Haden CLE, Richard Sherman SEA, Darrelle Revis NEP, Brent Grimes MIA, Aqib Talib NEP, Patrick Peterson ARI, Vontae Davis IND, and Chris Harris DEN.
Safeties: Tashaun Gipson CLE, Kam Chancellor SEA, Earl Thomas SEA, TJ Ward DEN, Glover Quin DET, and Eric Weddle SDC.
Kickers: Stephen Gostkowski NEP and Adam Vinatieri IND.
Punters: Pat Mcafee IND and Kevin Huber CIN.
Punt Returners: Devin Hester ATL and Darren Sproles PHI.
Special Teams: Matthew Slater NEP and Justin Bethel ARI.
There will be additional changes to the above rosters and people will be playing in the Superbowl. There are also players that were originally slated to play in the Pro Bowl that will be unable to play due to injury. That list of injured players is below:
QB Ben Roethlisberger PIT, RB Arian Foster HOU, WR Julio Jones ATL, WR Calvin Johnson DET, OG Mike Iupati SFF, OG Jahri Evans NOS, and DT Gerald McCoy TBB.
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