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NFL ALL-STARS TAKE CENTER STAGE IN 2017 PRO BOWL

Pro Bowl Kicks Off Super Bowl Week in Primetime on ESPN on Sunday, January 29 —

— All-Stars Face Off in Skills Showdown Airing Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN —

 

The 2017 Pro Bowl, presented by Aquafina, will be played on Sunday, January 29, 2017 and televised live on ESPN and simulcast on ESPN Deportes at 8:00 PM ET from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

This year’s edition of the Pro Bowl returns to the traditional AFC vs. NFC format following three years of a revised,
“unconferenced” structure.

Pro Football Hall of Fame running back JEROME BETTIS, All-Pro tight end TONY GONZALEZ, two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl XXXV MVP RAY LEWIS, and former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and All-Pro defensive back CHARLES WOODSON will serve as 2017 Pro Bowl Legends Captains.

Bettis (offense) and Lewis (defense) will lead the AFC, while Gonzalez (offense) and Woodson (defense) will guide the NFC. During Pro Bowl Week, the four Legends Captains will serve as mentors for the Pro Bowl players, coach practices, and be present on the sidelines on gameday. The NFL Legends on both teams will also be assisted by two active player captains.

The 2017 Pro Bowl is the first to be played in Orlando, and will feature the league’s all-stars and Legends Captains taking part in an unprecedented number of youth activities and community events during a week-long celebration of the football community.

Also new this year, the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, pitting AFC and NFC All-Stars against each other in unique competitions, will air on Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN. Each team in the Skills Showdown will feature a mix of quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, linemen, linebackers, and defensive backs.

The 44-man Pro Bowl teams are comprised of 21 offensive and 18 defensive players plus five specialists, including a long snapper. ANDY REID and the coaches from the Kansas City Chiefs will lead the AFC Pro Bowl team and JASON GARRETT and the coaches from the Dallas Cowboys will head the NFC squad.

Ten players from the two teams participating in Super Bowl LI, the ATLANTA FALCONS and NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, were selected to the original Pro Bowl roster this season: Linebacker VIC BEASLEY JR., kicker MATT BRYANT, running back DEVONTA FREEMAN, wide receiver JULIO JONES, center ALEX MACK and quarterback MATT RYAN of the Falcons, and quarterback TOM BRADY, linebacker DONT’A HIGHTOWER, safety DEVIN

MC COURTY and special teamer MATTHEW SLATER of the Patriots.

The Pro Bowl players were determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counted one-third toward determining the 86 Pro Bowl selections. A long snapper was chosen by each head coach as a “need” player. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. In 1995, the NFL became the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting.

Under terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each player on the winning Pro Bowl team receives $61,000, while each player on the losing squad earns $30,000.

Tickets to the 2017 Pro Bowl are on sale through NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale.

2017 PRO BOWL PLAYERS BY POSITION

(*First-time Pro Bowl selection)

AFC

OFFENSE (21)

  QUARTERBACKS (3)     TIGHT ENDS (2)
  Andy Dalton, Cincinnati     Travis Kelce, Kansas City
  Alex Smith, Kansas City     Delanie Walker, Tennessee
  Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers      
        TACKLES (3)
  WIDE RECEIVERS (4)   * Taylor Lewan, Tennessee
  T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis     Joe Thomas, Cleveland
  Jarvis Landry, Miami     Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati
  Emmanuel Sanders, Denver      
  Demaryius Thomas, Denver     GUARDS (3)
        David DeCastro, Pittsburgh
  RUNNING BACKS (3)     Richie Incognito, Buffalo
* Jay Ajayi, Miami   * Kelechi Osemele, Oakland
* Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers      
  DeMarco Murray, Tennessee     CENTERS (2)
      * Rodney Hudson, Oakland
  FULLBACK (1)   * Jeremy Zuttah, Baltimore
* Kyle Juszczyk, Baltimore      

DEFENSE (18)

  DEFENSIVE ENDS (3)     INSIDE/MIDDLE LINEBACKERS (2)
  Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati   * Zach Brown, Buffalo
  Cameron Wake, Miami   * Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh
* Leonard Williams, New York Jets      
        CORNERBACKS (4)
  INTERIOR LINEMEN (3)   * Stephon Gilmore, Buffalo
  Geno Atkins, Cincinnati     Chris Harris, Jr., Denver
  Jurrell Casey, Tennessee   * Casey Hayward, Los Angeles Chargers
  Kyle Williams, Buffalo     Aqib Talib, Denver
         
  OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (3)     FREE SAFETIES (2)
  Lorenzo Alexander, Buffalo     Reggie Nelson, Oakland
  Von Miller, Denver     Eric Weddle, Baltimore
  Brian Orakpo, Tennessee      
        STRONG SAFETY (1)
      * Darian Stewart, Denver

SPECIALISTS (5)

  PUNTER (1)     RETURN SPECIALIST (1)
  Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City   * Tyreek Hill, Kansas City
         
  PLACEKICKERS (1)     SPECIAL TEAMER (1)
  Justin Tucker, Baltimore   * D.J. Alexander, Kansas City
         
  LONG SNAPPER (1)      
  Morgan Cox, Baltimore      


NFC

OFFENSE (21)

  QUARTERBACKS (3)   TIGHT ENDS (2)
  Drew Brees, New Orleans   Jimmy Graham, Seattle
* Kirk Cousins, Washington   Greg Olsen, Carolina
* Dak Prescott, Dallas    
      TACKLES (3)
  WIDE RECEIVERS (4) * David Bakhtiari, Green Bay
* Doug Baldwin, Seattle   Tyron Smith, Dallas
  Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants   Trent Williams, Washington
  Dez Bryant, Dallas  
* Mike Evans, Tampa Bay   GUARDS (3)
      Zack Martin, Dallas
  RUNNING BACKS (3)   Josh Sitton, Chicago
* Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas   Trai Turner, Carolina
* Jordan Howard, Chicago    
  Darren Sproles, Philadelphia   CENTERS (2)
      Travis Frederick, Dallas
  FULLBACK (1)   Jason Kelce, Philadelphia
  Mike Tolbert, Carolina    

 

DEFENSE (18)

  DEFENSIVE ENDS (3)   INSIDE/MIDDLE LINEBACKERS (2)
* Cliff Avril, Seattle   Sean Lee, Dallas
  Michael Bennett, Seattle   Bobby Wagner, Seattle
  Everson Griffen, Minnesota    
      CORNERBACKS (4)
  INTERIOR LINEMEN (3) * Janoris Jenkins, New York Giants
  Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia   Patrick Peterson, Arizona
* Linval Joseph, Minnesota * Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota
  Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay   Richard Sherman, Seattle
         
  OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (3)     FREE SAFETIES (2)
  Anthony Barr, Minnesota   * Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Green Bay
  Thomas Davis, Carolina     Harrison Smith, Minnesota
* K.J. Wright, Seattle      
        STRONG SAFETY (1)
      * Landon Collins, New York Giants

SPECIALISTS (5)

  PUNTER (1)     RETURN SPECIALIST (1)
  Johnny Hekker, Los Angeles Rams     Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota
         
  PLACEKICKERS (1)     SPECIAL TEAMER (1)
  Matt Prater, Detroit   * Dwayne Harris, New York Giants
         
  LONG SNAPPER (1)      
* Jacob McQuaide, Los Angeles Rams      

About Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.