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Geno Atkins, Odell Beckham, Aaron Donald, Devonta Freeman named Pro Bowl captains

By The Sports Xchange   |   Jan. 23, 2016 at 12:40 AM
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The active player captains for the 2016 Pro Bowl will be Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, the NFL announced Friday.

Atkins and Freeman will be paired together, while Beckham and Donald will work as a duo.

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These four captains will help determine rosters for Team Irvin and Team Rice during the Pro Bowl Draft on Jan. 27.

Pro Football Hall of Famers Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice will serve as NFL Legends captains for their Pro Bowl squads and will select their coaching staff. Irvin and Rice return for the second time after being the winning captains during the previous two Pro Bowls.

Retired five-time Pro Bowler Darren Woodson (Team Irvin) and two-time Pro Bowler Eric Davis (Team Rice) will serve as defensive co-captains. The NFL legends will also each be assisted by one NFL.com fantasy football champion in the draft process.

The Pro Bowl will continue using the revised game format that debuted with the 2014 game, with NFL Legends captains having final say over Pro Bowl Draft decisions. The Pro Bowl will remain "unconferenced," with several key playing rules changed. Players were selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players and will later be assigned to teams via the Pro Bowl Draft.

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 Jan. 26.

Head coaches Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers and Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs, along with their assistants, were selected to lead the 2016 Pro Bowl teams.

The Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, Jan. 31 and televised live on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET from Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.

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