Because the Seattle Seahawks are playing in Super Bowl XLVIII next week at MetLife Stadium, Earl Thomas had to drop out of the game to focus on trying to win a championship, which lead to the first and only New York Giants player getting the nod for the game in safety Antrel Rolle, who many felt was an obvious snub from the original roster to begin with, but ended up making the team anyway.
Rolle was selected as part of "Team Rice" and Jerry Rice's squad along with other safeties Jairus Byrd of the Buffalo Bills and Eric Reid of the San Francisco 49ers. For Sanders team, he selected safeties T.J. Ward of the Cleveland Browns, Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs and Eric Weddle of the San Diego Chargers.
In the older Pro Bowl system, teams were voted on and then were contested with the AFC roster battling against the NFC roster, but because of the game's lack of popularity over the last couple of years, the league felt the game needed changes; which is why the two team captains doing the fantasy draft along with the splitting up of the AFC and NFC rosters. The game still might have difficulty in the ratings as it is going up against WWE's pay per view, event, the Royal Rumble; something that also has affected the ratings over the last couple of years of the exhibition game in Hawaii.
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