Last year, the Pro Bowl did something a little different. Rather than dividing teams into conferences like in the past, two team captains were named and teams were made in a draft style process. Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice did a fantastic job of putting together competitive and interesting squads, but Vikings fans may be a bit more interested in the captains for the 2015 Pro Bowl.
Aug 2, 2014; Canton, OH, USA; Aeneas Williams (left) and Cris Carter pose with bust of Williams at the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
This combination of captains is even more interesting after a story that came out recently involving Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon. For more information on that, check out the article on the beef between Irvin and Carter that could make this game more than just a fun adventure.
Here is what Cris Carter had to say about becoming one of the captains for the 2015 Pro Bowl in the article by CBS Sports:
"“Being voted to the Pro Bowl was always a tremendous honor for me. Last year, players really seemed to be excited about the new rules and the Pro Bowl Draft format. I’m excited to be a part of it this year.”"
While Carter gave the politically correct answer, Irvin held back quite a bit less:
"“Some of my favorite NFL memories were from my Pro Bowl trips. I can’t wait to see which players get the Pro Bowl nod this season. I’m already thinking about how to build my team. I’m going to put a little personal on this even though I love Cris to death. I don’t know what year it was we were in the Pro Bowl. And all Cris is trying to do, he’s just trying to share his experiences. He said to my wife — he said to my wife –you know, Michael would never come out of this problem until you leave him. Till you leave him. For years, I’ve held it. I’ve never shared that with anybody. I’ve never in my life shared that with anybody. I was so irked with Cris because he was out of line then. His ass is out of line now. He is out. of. line.”"
Personally, this adds even more excitement to a game that is in desperate need of more thrills. I can’t wait to see what happens…and I RARELY get excited about the Pro Bowl.