The active player captains for the 2015 Pro Bowl will be WR ANTONIO BROWN, CB JOE HADEN,
RB DE MARCO MURRAY and DE J.J. WATT, the NFL announced today. Murray and Haden will be paired together, while Watt and Brown will work as a duo.
The 2015 Pro Bowl, presented by McDonald's, has been announced as a sellout and will be televised live on ESPN at 8:00 PM ET from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, site of Super Bowl XLIX. It will again serve as the signature event to kick off Super Bowl week. NBC will broadcast the Super Bowl a week later on Sunday, February 1.
These four captains will help determine rosters for Team Carter and Team Irvin during the Pro Bowl Draft on January 21.
Pro Football Hall of Famers CRIS CARTER and MICHAEL IRVIN will serve as alumni team captains for the Pro Bowl squads and have final say over draft decisions. Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN RANDLE (Team Carter) and DARREN WOODSON (Team Irvin) will serve as defensive co-captains. The NFL legends will also each be assisted by two active player captains and the Lenovo Fantasy Coach of the Year during the draft process.
To determine which team owns the first selection in the Pro Bowl Draft and how the alumni captains will be paired with active player captains, there will be a coin toss during the Pro Bowl Kickoff Press Conference on Tuesday morning, January 20.
The 2015 Pro Bowl Draft, presented by McDonald's, will be nationally televised on January 21 in primetime on NFL Network on Wednesday (8:00 PM ET). For the second consecutive season, the Pro Bowl will be "unconferenced." Gone is the familiar AFC vs. NFC match-up that had existed since 1971. Instead, players were selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players.
The Pro Bowl players were determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group's vote counted one-third toward determining the 86 Pro Bowl selections announced today. Two additional "need" players will be chosen by each head coach and must be long snappers. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. In 1995, the NFL became the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting.