January 26, 2021, 13:01

NFL Pro Bowl live on Sky Sports on Sunday night

NFL Pro Bowl live on Sky Sports on Sunday night

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.

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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…

AFCOffense

Quarterback
Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs), Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts), Deshaun Watson (Houston Texans)

Running back
James Conner (Pittsburgh Steelers)
, Melvin Gordon (Los Angeles Chargers), Lamar Miller (Texans)

Wide receiver
Tyreek Hill (Chiefs), Keenan Allen (Chargers), JuJu Smith-Schuster (Steelers), Jarvis Landry (Cleveland Browns)

Tight end
Eric Ebron (Colts), Jared Cook (Oakland Raiders)

Fullback
Anthony Sherman (Chiefs)

Tackle
Taylor Lewan (Tennessee Titans), Alejandro Villanueva (Steelers), Eric Fisher (Chiefs)

Guard
Marshal Yanda (Baltimore Ravens), Quenton Nelson (Colts), Joel Bitonio (Browns)

Center
Maurkice Pouncey (Steelers)
, Mike Pouncey (Chargers)

Defense

Defensive end
Myles Garrett (Browns), Melvin Ingram (Chargers), Calais Campbell (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Interior lineman
Cameron Heyward (Steelers)
, Kyle Williams (Buffalo Bills), Brandon Williams (Ravens)

Outside linebacker
Von Miller (Denver Broncos)
, Dee Ford (Chiefs), T.J. Watt (Steelers)

Inside linebacker
C.J. Mosley (Ravens)
, Benardrick McKinney (Texans)

Cornerback
Xavien Howard (Miami Dolphins)
, Jalen Ramsey (Jaguars), Denzel Ward (Browns), Chris Harris Jr (Broncos)

Free safety
Derwin James (Chargers)
, Eric Weddle (Ravens)

Strong safety
Jamal Adams (New York Jets)

Special teams

Kicker
Jason Myers (Jets)

Punter
Brett Kern (Tennessee Titans)

Return specialist
Andre Roberts (Jets)

Special teamer
Adrian Phillips (Chargers)

NFCOffense

Quarterback
Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)
, Mitch Trubisky (Chicago Bears), Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys)

Running back
Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys)
, Saquon Barkley (New York Giants), Alvin Kamara (New Orleans Saints)

Wide receiver
Adam Thielen (Minnesota Vikings)
, Davante Adams (Green Bay Packers), Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Amari Cooper (Cowboys)

Tight end
George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers)
, Austin Hooper (Atlanta Falcons)

Fullback
Kyle Juszczyk (49ers)

Tackle
Trent Williams (Washington Redskins)
, Lane Johnson (Philadelphia Eagles), Charles Leno Jr (Bears)

Guard
Trai Turner (Carolina Panthers)
, Andrus Peat (Saints), Larry Warford (Saints)

Center
Alex Mack (Falcons)
, Cody Whitehair (Bears)

Defense

Defensive end
Cameron Jordan (Saints)
, DeMarcus Lawrence (Cowboys), Danielle Hunter (Vikings)

Interior lineman
Akiem Hicks (Chicago Bears)
, DeForest Buckner (49ers), Kawann Short (Panthers)

Outside linebacker
Ryan Kerrigan (Redskins), Anthony Barr (Vikings), Olivier Vernon (Giants)

Inside linebacker
Bobby Wagner (Seahawks)
, Leighton Vander Esch (Cowboys)

Cornerback
Kyle Fuller (Bears)
, Patrick Peterson (Arizona Cardinals), Darius Slay (Detroit Lions), Byron Jones (Cowboys)

Free safety
Eddie Jackson (Bears)
, Harrison Smith (Vikings)

Strong safety
Malcolm Jenkins (Eagles)

Special teams

Kicker
Aldrick Rosas (Giants)

Punter
Michael Dickson (Seahawks)

Return specialist
Tarik Cohen (Bears)

Special teamer
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.

Sky brings you all the build up from Super Bowl LIII through our website skysports.com/NFL also our app for mobile devices and iPad, or follow our Twitter account @SkySportsNFL

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