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New York Giants’ Antrel Rolle Drafted to Jerry Rice’s ‘Team Rice’ for 2014 Pro Bowl

January 23rd, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Doug Rush

On Wednesday, honorary team captains and NFL Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders completed their "fantasy draft" for the rosters of the 2014 Pro Bowl which will take place this Sunday.

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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7 Responses to “New York Giants’ Antrel Rolle Drafted to Jerry Rice’s ‘Team Rice’ for 2014 Pro Bowl”

  1.  rlhjr says:

    It should be done digitally using Madden. That would hold the interest of the younger crowd and casual fans who understand Madden would tune in.
    The NFL would save plenty of money by not having to send players to Hawaii. And the top players would be recognized.

    No more problem with guys backing out or being involved with playoff games.
    Just have actual offensive and defensive coordinators calling the plays for each side and the captains will be at the controls. CAN’T MISS! And yeah, I’m only half kidding.

    •  Krow says:

      Sponsored by Axe Body Spray and Mountain Dew.

    •  Kettles78 says:

      Playing a video game is one thing watching somebody else play a video game is another. Which half were you not joking about? Not sending players. I hope the part you were joking about was the part where you said play madden in it’s place

      •  rlhjr says:

        Think scarcasim Kettles………………..

        Actually placing a UI that would let each individual player see the vitural field and the plays in fron of them would be the ticket. Alas, even Madden has injuries. At least the last time I played. Lossen up man……..LMAO.

  2.  JimStoll says:

    anyone have a view on Zack Martin as the Giants 1st round pick? LT to replace Beatty?

    •  rlhjr says:

      Very good overall. High motor physical plays to the whitsel perhaps a bit after.
      Can protect against speed rushers. His length is not text book but he’s a player. Not at number 12 though IMHO.

      I like Taylor Lewan from Michigan. Very long and very much an athlete.
      He’s a mean SOB and will run block point of attack and second level.
      He’s a tall drink of water at 6’8″. But he’s naturally strong and fluid.
      He’ll grow and already has a muscular build. Upside is there and can help right away. Again, IMHO

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