Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins will be one of four captains for the 2016 Pro Bowl. The other three players joining Atkins will be Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, the NFL announced today.
Atkins and Freeman will be paired together on one team with Beckham and Donald as the co-captains of the other team. These four captains will be on stage during the Pro Bowl Draft to help determine the rosters for Team Irvin and Team Rice. The 2016 Pro Bowl Draft will be nationally televised on Wednesday, January 27 on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m. EST.
For those who haven't watched the Pro Bowl Draft before, being a captain requires quite a bit of talking and showing off your personality, something Atkins has rarely done during his tenure with the Bengals. The captains are on stage for the entirety of the draft and have a say in each player drafted to their Pro Bowl team.
Pro Football Hall of Famers Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice will serve as the NFL Legends captains for each Pro Bowl squad. Irvin and Rice are each returning to the Pro Bowl for the second time after being the winning captains during the 2014 (Rice) and 2015 (Irvin) Pro Bowls. Five-time Pro Bowler Darren Woodson (Team Irvin) and two-time Pro Bowler Eric Davis (Team Rice) will serve as defensive co-captains.
The Pro Bowl will once again be "unconferenced". To determine which team owns the first selection in the Pro Bowl Draft and how the NFL Legends captains will be paired with active player captains, there will be a coin toss following the Pro Bowl Kickoff Press Conference on Tuesday January 26.
The 2016 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 31, 2016 and will be televised live on ESPN at 7:00 PM ET from Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.