Former San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl Champions Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will serve as alumni team captains for the new-and-improved (?) Pro Bowl.
NFC vs. AFC is now long gone in a new format that is more like a fantasy draft with Rice, Sanders, the two leading vote getters and two NFL.com fantasy football champions selecting the teams. In the new format, we could see Aldon Smith and Patrick Willis hitting Colin Kaepernick on a read-option play – HA! like that would ever happen – sounds like my worst nightmare coming to life.
The Pro Bowl draft will be held Jan. 22 while the Pro Bowl will take place, like usual, a week before the Super Bowl on Jan. 26. Also a number of rule changes have been implemented for the Pro Bowl including: no kickoffs, reduced 43-man rosters, two-minute warnings added to first and third quarters, allowing of cover-two and press coverage among a few other rules.
Also, the top-six quarterbacks regardless of league will be elected to the Pro Bowl. With a stacked NFC, we could see four quarterbacks from the NFC and only two from the AFC – giving Kaepernick an even better chance of making his first Pro Bowl.
Of course, the 49ers would love to be selected by former 49ers and their peers, but they would much rather have to skip the game because they are in their second straight Super Bowl. We will find out how these changes will impact an already boring and defenseless Pro Bowl.