NFL Pro Bowl preview

The end-of-season event previously saw the elite from the NFC and AFC conferences go head-to-head, but for the second year running it has been left to two players from NFL???s hall of fame to pick the rosters.

Eight-time Pro Bowl WR Cris Carter and three-time Super Bowl winner Michael Irvin selected their drafts live on American television earlier this week.

Irvin raided his former club to recruit seven of the Cowboys line-up to his roster, with QB Tony Romo and RB DeMarco Murray among those selected, while the 48-year-old also picked Dallas head coach Jason Garrett and his staff to lead his team.

Both sides are usually led by coaches from the highest-seeded teams not featuring in the Super Bowl, but with John Fox exiting The Broncos this week, The Ravens??? HC John Harbaugh will take charge of ???Team Carter??? in Arizona.

Colts QB Andrew Luck was first draft pick for the second year running, with Carter also selecting Texans??? DE J.J. Watt and Steelers WR Antonio Brown.

One notable absentee from both squads is Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning, who will sit out a potential 13th Pro Bowl appearance as he attempts to recover from a quad injury.

While the all-star game has traditionally been held in Hawaii, this year???s fixture has been switched to the University of Phoenix Stadium ??? also the venue for next week???s Super Bowl.

Last year???s tie saw ???Team Rice???, selected by legendry WR Jerry Rice, come from behind to beat Deion Sanders??? ???Team Sanders??? 22-21, with many players from that game featuring again this weekend.??

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