The NFL’s brightest stars will square off in the 2015 Pro Bowl Sunday night at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. For the second straight year the league pooled every Pro Bowler and allowed two alumni captains, Cris Carter and Michael Irvin, to pick their teams like in a school yard.
Carter chose Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick, and Irvin followed up with Dallas Cowboys passer Tony Romo. Altogether Irvin would select seven Cowboys, including the league’s leading rusher DeMarco Murray. He also picked Dallas head coach Jason Garrett to man the sidelines.
Carter countered with Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh.
Murray was named captain for Team Irvin, while Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt will co-captain for Team Carter.
Besides showing a strong affinity for his old club, Irvin maybe made a controversial choice by adding rookie stud receiver Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants, a rival of the Cowboys. Lining up alongside Beckham will be the Detroit Lions' Golden Tate, Denver Broncos' Emmanuel Sanders and Green Bay Packers' Randall Cobb.
But Carter has an equally impressive batch of receivers to go along with Brown, by adding the Cincinnati Bengals' A.J. Green, Indianapolis Colts' T.Y. Hilton, and Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson.
Both sides also boast fierce some pass rushers. Leading the league with 22.0 sacks, Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston joins Watt on the Team Carter defense, with Buffalo’s top pass rushers Mario Williams and Marcel Dareus also on board.
Team Irvin will roll out such devastating hitters as St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn and defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly and Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins.
While Team Irvin seems to be more focused on continuity, Team Carter seems to have more accomplished and well-rounded defense.
Team Michael Irvin
QBs- Tony Romo, Cowboys; Matt Ryan, Falcons; Matthew Stafford, Lions
RBs- C.J. Anderson, Broncos; Mark Ingram, Saints; DeMarco Murray, Cowboys
WRs- Odell Beckham Jr., Giants; Golden Tate, Lions; Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos; Randall Cobb, Packers
TEs- Jimmy Graham, Saints; Jason Witten, Cowboys
FB- Marcel Reese, Raiders
Tackles- Joe Thomas, Browns; Tyron Smith, Cowboys; Trent Williams, Redskins
Guards- Kyle Long, Bulls; Zack Martin, Cowboys; Marshal Yanda, Ravens
Centers- Travis Frederick, Cowboys; Nick Mangold, Jets
DEs- Robert Quinn, Rams; Cameron Wake, Dolphins; DeMarcus Ware, Broncos
DTs- Geno Atkins, Bengals; Aaron Donald, Rams; Sheldon Richardson, Jets
OLBs- Elvis Dumervil, Ravens; Clay Matthews, Packers; Von Miller, Broncos
ILBs- Luke Kuechly, Panthers; D’Qwell Jackson, Colts
CBs- Vontae Davis, Colts; Brent Grimes, Dolphins; Joe Haden, Browns; Chris Harris Jr., Broncos
Safeties- Eric Weddle, Chargers; Mike Adams, Colts; T.J. Ward, Broncos
P- Kevin Huber, Bengals
PK- Adam Vinatieri, Colts
Returner- Darren Sproles, Eagles
Special Teamer- Darrell Stuckey, Chargers
Long-snapper- L.P. Ladouceur, Cowboys
Coach- Jason Garrett, Cowboys
Team Cris Carter
QBs- Andrew Luck, Colts; Drew Brees, Saints; Andy Dalton, Bengals
RBs- Jamaal Charles, Chiefs; Justin Forsett, Ravens; Alfred Morris, Redskins
WRs- A.J. Green, Bengals; T.Y. Hilton, Colts; Jordy Nelson, Packers; Antonio Brown, Steelers
TEs- Martellus Bennett, Bears; Greg Olsen, Panthers
FB- John Kuhn, Packers
Tackles- Joe Staley, 49ers; Duane Brown, Texans; Ryan Clady, Broncos
Guards- Evan Mathis, Eagles; Mike Pouncey, Dolphins; Josh Sitton, Packers
Centers- Jason Kelce, Eagles; Maurkice Pouncey, Steelers
DEs- J.J. Watt, Texans; Mario Williams, Bills; Calais Campbell, Cardinals
DTs- Marcell Dareus, Bills; Dontari Poe, Chiefs; Kyle Williams, Bills
OLBs- Justin Houston, Chiefs; Connor Barwin, Eagles; Tamba Hali, Chiefs
ILBs- C.J. Mosley, Ravens; Lawrence Timmons, Pittsburgh
CBs- Patrick Peterson, Cardinals; Aqib Talib, Broncos; Antonio Cromartie, Cardinals; Sam Shields, Packers
Safeties- Antoine Bethea, 49ers; Glover Quinn, Lions; Donte Whitner, Browns
P- Pat McAfee, Colts
PK- Cody Parkey, Eagles
Returner- Devin Hester, Falcons
Special Teamer- Justin Bethel, Cardinals
Long-snapper- Jon Dorenbos, Eagles
Coach- John Harbaugh, Ravens