On Wednesday night in Honolulu, the five Buccaneers selected to play in the Pro Bowl found out if they would be suiting up for Team Irvin or Team Rice. After 34 players were pre-selected on Tuesday, the captains had 48 players to choose from.
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The first Buccaneer taken off of the board on Wednesday night was LB Lavonte David, selected 12th by former Cowboys WR Michael Irvin. Not long after, Irvin would pick up another Buccaneer in rookie quarterback Jameis Winston. Winston will have the luxury of throwing to some of the best receivers in the league including Julio Jones, A.J. Green, and DeAndre Hopkins, among others. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers leading tackler in Lavonte David will line up next to Anthony Barr and Sean Lee.
After being pre-selected on Tuesday, Gerald McCoy and Logan Mankins found out they will be playing under head coach Jerry Rice. With Team Rice’s 13th pick, the Hall of Fame receiver selected running back Doug Martin, who finished second in the NFL with 1,402 yards. Martin will share the backfield with the NFL’s leading rusher, Adrian Peterson, as well as Chris Ivory. McCoy will line up alongside Team Rice captain Aaron Donald and Eagles standout Fletcher Cox.
The game will be televised nationally on Sunday night at 7:00 on ESPN.
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As much as I am glad five Buccaneers are participating in this exhibition, I still find the Pro Bowl difficult to watch. And I really don’t like the playgroundesque method of player selection between Rice and Irvin. What happened to AFC vs NFC?
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