Maybe this is just what the Pro Bowl needs: more Deion Sanders.
The Hall of Fame defensive back, who will select one roster as the game switches to a fantasy-football kind of draft, threatened to suit up himself Monday before wiser heads prevailed and put an end to what may have been (ya think?) a publicity stunt.
Ladies and Gentlemen I am officially announcing "I WILL SUIT UP IN HAWAII" Please let @JerryRice know that a real captain leads by example!
— DeionSanders (@DeionSanders) January 13, 2014
Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, who will select the other roster, took the bait. Kind of.
Deion I would beat you down like the old days! We can suit up but it would be very painful for you!
— Jerry Rice (@JerryRice) January 14, 2014
It was fun while it lasted. Later Monday, a league spokesman told Pro Football Talk that Sanders, 46, and Rice, 51, would be “spending the full week with their clubs beyond the draft, attending practices, on the sidelines for gameday.” Sanders and Rice, the honorary alumni captains, will pick players in a Jan. 22 prime time special, with the game on Jan. 26.