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2016 Pro Bowl

2016 NFL Pro Bowl
2016 Pro Bowl logo.jpg
1234 Total
Team Irvin 1414147 49
Team Rice 7776 27
DateJanuary 31, 2016
StadiumAloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Offensive MVPRussell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)
Defensive MVPMichael Bennett (Seattle Seahawks)
RefereePete Morelli[2]
National anthemCaptain Skye Martin, USMC
Coin tossADM Scott H. Swift, USN
LtGen John A. Toolan, USMC
TV in the United States
AnnouncersMike Tirico (play-by-play)
Jon Gruden (analyst)
Lisa Salters (sideline reporter)
Nielsen ratings2.8 (7.987 million)

The 2016 Pro Bowl (branded as the 2016 Pro Bowl presented by USAA for sponsorship reasons) was the National Football League's all-star game for the 2015 season, which was played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 31, 2016.

Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs and Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers were selected to coach the teams due to their teams being the highest seeded teams from each conference to lose in the Divisional Round of 2015–16 NFL playoffs, which has been the convention since the 2010 Pro Bowl.[3] On January 27, Mike McCarthy announced that he would not be coaching the Pro Bowl due to an illness and also announced that assistant head coach Winston Moss would take over head coaching duties.[1] This was also the sixth consecutive year that the Pro Bowl took place prior to the Super Bowl. At the Pro Bowl Draft, the Chiefs' coaching staff was assigned to Team Rice, and the Packers' coaching staff was assigned to Team Irvin.[4]

The game continued the fantasy draft format that debuted with the 2014 Pro Bowl. The two teams were to be drafted and captained by two Hall of Famers, Jerry Rice (winning 2014 Pro Bowl captain) and Michael Irvin (winning 2015 Pro Bowl captain).[5] Darren Woodson and Eric Davis served as defensive co-captains for Irvin and Rice respectively, in both cases reuniting two former teammates (Irvin and Woodson were teammates on the Dallas Cowboys from 1992 to 1999, while Rice and Davis played together with the San Francisco 49ers from 1990 to 1995).[3] The Fantasy draft was held January 27 at 7:30 P.M. EST on ESPN2 at Wheeler Army Airfield in Wahiawa, Hawaii as part of an extension to the NFL's military appreciation campaign.

  1. ^ a b Demovsky, Rob. "Mike McCarthy won't travel to Hawaii because of illness". ESPN. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  2. ^ Griep, Marcus. "Pete Morelli selected as 2016 Pro Bowl referee". Football Zebras. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Reid, McCarthy and staffs to coach in Pro Bowl". USA Today. Associated Press. January 20, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  4. ^ "Pro Bowl 2016". ESPN. 31 January 2016. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Rice, Irvin Set To Captain NFL's 2016 Pro Bowl".