Deion Sanders tweets he's playing in the Pro Bowl — Jerry Rice says bring it on
JAN 13, 2014 11:57p ET
In an attempt to drum up interest in the Pro Bowl, the NFL this season is turning to Hall of Famers Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice to captain and select the teams in a fantasy draft-style format this year. Apparently, the old guys want to ratchet up the "fantasy" element . . . and play in the games themselves.
After weeks of seemingly playful trash talk with his one-time teammate leading up to the Jan. 26 game in Honolulu, Sanders on Monday tweeted this:
Not one to back down from a challenge, Rice quickly replied — and apparently accepted:
Deion I would beat you down like the old days! We can suit up but it would be very painful for you!— Jerry Rice (@JerryRice) January 14, 2014
But once he was answered by a 51-year-old fellow legend, the 46-year-old Sanders — an eight-time Pro Bowler with the Falcons, 49ers and Cowboys who wore No. 21 throughout most of his career — sent a note to one of the current players he apparently plans on drafting.
Unfortunately for all you nostalgia buffs, the NFL reportedly put an end to the idea later Monday, according to Pro Football Talk:
"A league spokesman tells PFT that Sanders won’t be playing in the all-star game, but that he and fellow captain Jerry Rice 'will be spending the full week with their clubs beyond the draft, attending practices, on the sidelines for gameday.'"
The game will be played the Sunday before the Super Bowl. The roster of players who will make up Team Rice and Team Sanders was announced in late December, the players selected by fan, coach and player voting. The draft will be held on Jan. 22, with players whose team advance to the Super Bowl ineligible to take part in the Pro Bowl.