The NFL’s All-Star event takes place this Sunday, kicking off live on Sky Sports Arena from 7.30pm.
This year’s event will see Kansas City Chiefs superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes lead the AFC, while the NFC have an imposing looking stable of running backs – Ezekiel Elliott, rookie of the year candidate Saquon Barkley, and Alvin Kamara – at their disposal.
January 27, 2019, 7:45pm
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But what exactly is the Pro Bowl? Sky Sports explains how the NFL’s star-studded match-up works…
What is the Pro Bowl?
The Pro Bowl is the NFL’s all-star game, featuring the best players from the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC), at the end of the NFL season.
Until 2010, the Pro Bowl was played the week after the Super Bowl, but was moved to the week before to increase the appeal of the event.
That does mean, however, that star names such as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley won’t be featuring, despite being voted as starters for the game, as they will be busy preparing for Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on Sunday, February 3.
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The 2019 Pro Bowl will be played in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, with live coverage getting underway on Sky Sports USA (channel 407) from 7.45pm UK time.
How are the players chosen for the Pro Bowl?
Between 2014 and 2016, the NFL experimented with the same drafting selection system that had been employed by the NHL since 2011, in which fans, players and coaches voted for the best players in the NFL, regardless of their conference.
However, last year saw the Pro Bowl return to the original conferenced format that had been commonplace for over 40 years before: the best players from the AFC locking horns with the best players from the NFC.
Each 44-man squad is still chosen by fans, players and coaches via a voting system for every position.
However, as well some players being lost to the Super Bowl, other selections like dominant receiver trio Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins and Michael Thomas, among others, have been lost to injury or are being rested at the end of a long, hard season.
What are the teams for 2019?
This year, Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn will coach the AFC, while Dallas Cowboys HC Jason Garrett will take charge of the NFC.
As for the rosters at their disposal, here is a look at the players picked to compete at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Sunday. Starters listed in bold…
Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs), Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts), Deshaun Watson (Houston Texans)
James Conner (Pittsburgh Steelers), Melvin Gordon (Los Angeles Chargers), Lamar Miller (Texans)
Tyreek Hill (Chiefs), Keenan Allen (Chargers), JuJu Smith-Schuster (Steelers), Jarvis Landry (Cleveland Browns)
Eric Ebron (Colts), Jared Cook (Oakland Raiders)
Anthony Sherman (Chiefs)
Taylor Lewan (Tennessee Titans), Alejandro Villanueva (Steelers), Eric Fisher (Chiefs)
Marshal Yanda (Baltimore Ravens), Quenton Nelson (Colts), Joel Bitonio (Browns)
Maurkice Pouncey (Steelers), Mike Pouncey (Chargers)
Myles Garrett (Browns), Melvin Ingram (Chargers), Calais Campbell (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Cameron Heyward (Steelers), Kyle Williams (Buffalo Bills), Brandon Williams (Ravens)
Von Miller (Denver Broncos), Dee Ford (Chiefs), T.J. Watt (Steelers)
C.J. Mosley (Ravens), Benardrick McKinney (Texans)
Xavien Howard (Miami Dolphins), Jalen Ramsey (Jaguars), Denzel Ward (Browns), Chris Harris Jr (Broncos)
Derwin James (Chargers), Eric Weddle (Ravens)
Jamal Adams (New York Jets)
Jason Myers (Jets)
Brett Kern (Tennessee Titans)
Andre Roberts (Jets)
Adrian Phillips (Chargers)
Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks), Mitch Trubisky (Chicago Bears), Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys)
Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys), Saquon Barkley (New York Giants), Alvin Kamara (New Orleans Saints)
Adam Thielen (Minnesota Vikings), Davante Adams (Green Bay Packers), Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Amari Cooper (Cowboys)
George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers), Austin Hooper (Atlanta Falcons)
Kyle Juszczyk (49ers)
Trent Williams (Washington Redskins), Lane Johnson (Philadelphia Eagles), Charles Leno Jr (Bears)
Trai Turner (Carolina Panthers), Andrus Peat (Saints), Larry Warford (Saints)
Alex Mack (Falcons), Cody Whitehair (Bears)
Cameron Jordan (Saints), DeMarcus Lawrence (Cowboys), Danielle Hunter (Vikings)
Akiem Hicks (Chicago Bears), DeForest Buckner (49ers), Kawann Short (Panthers)
Ryan Kerrigan (Redskins), Anthony Barr (Vikings), Olivier Vernon (Giants)
Bobby Wagner (Seahawks), Leighton Vander Esch (Cowboys)
Kyle Fuller (Bears), Patrick Peterson (Arizona Cardinals), Darius Slay (Detroit Lions), Byron Jones (Cowboys)
Eddie Jackson (Bears), Harrison Smith (Vikings)
Malcolm Jenkins (Eagles)
Aldrick Rosas (Giants)
Michael Dickson (Seahawks)
Tarik Cohen (Bears)
Michael Thomas (Giants)
See the best players in the AFC and NFC battle it out in the Pro Bowl, live on Sky Sports Arena from 7.45pm on Sunday. Then watch Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams live on Sky Sports USA from 10pm on Sunday, February 3.
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