2019 Pro Bowl Skills Showdown rosters released
The AFC team features four players from the AFC North: Pittsburgh’s James Conner and everyone’s favorite football ham, JuJu Smith-Schuster, as well as Cleveland’s Denzel Ward and Myles Garrett. NFL greats Jim Kelly and DeMarcus Ware will coach the squad, which also includes Von Miller, Andrew Luck, soon-to-be-retired Kyle Williams, Eric Ebron, Jamal Adams and Deshaun Watson.
On the NFC side, two teams — Chicago and Seattle — are sending two members, with late-addition Mitchell Trubisky joining Akiem Hicks, Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner. The NFC team also features Adam Thielen, Saquon Barkley, Cameron Jordan, Ryan Kerrigan, Mike Evans and new sensation George Kittle. The group is coached by two NFC legends: Emmitt Smith and Brian Urlacher.
The skills competition has featured thrilling events testing the specific skills of football’s greatest players, including catching footballs dropped by remote-controlled drones. This year’s competition — er, showdown — includes the 40 Yard Splash (“a new challenge that puts teamwork to the test as players participate in a football-inspired take on a fire bucket brigade”), Gridiron Gauntlet (a football-inspired relay race), Precision Passing (self-explanatory), Best Hands (you get the drift), and EPIC PRO BOWL DODGEBALL (presented by Skittles).
Pictures: NFL Pro Bowl 2019 week kicks off in Orlando
With the Pro Bowl trophy on display, NFL Senior Vice President of Events Peter O’Reilly delivers remarks as the 2019 Pro Bowl Legacy Captains –former Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals running back Emmitt Smith; former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher; and former Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware– look on during the NFL Pro Bowl Community Legacy kickoff at Ivey Lane Park in west Orlando, Tuesday, January 22, 2018. Join by elected officials and business leaders, local volunteers planted greenery as a part of the community events planned by the NFL during the week leading up to the Pro Bowl game on Sunday, January 27, in Orlando. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel)