Because of injuries and a little thing called the Super Bowl, some of the best players won't be available to play. As it was, there was still a plethora of stars to choose from for Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders.
The two were chosen as the captains and allowed to pick their teams. Here's a look at both teams.
|Team Sanders||Position||Team Rice|
|Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts||QB||Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers|
|Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers||QB||Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs|
|Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles||QB||Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints|
|RB||LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles|
|Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers||RB||Matt Forte, Chicago Bears|
|Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins||RB||DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys|
|A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals||WR||Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears|
|Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys||WR||Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns|
|Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers||WR||Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears|
|DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles||WR||Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals|
|Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns||TE||Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints|
|Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys||TE||Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons|
|Branden Albert, Kansas City Chiefs||OT||Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns|
|Trent Williams, Washington Redskins||OT||Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys|
|Duane Brown, Houston Texans||OT||Jordan Gross, Carolina Panthers|
|Mario Williams, Buffalo Bills||DE||Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints|
|Greg Hardy, Carolina Panthers||DE||Cameron Wake, Miami Dolphins|
|J.J. Watt, Houston Texans||DE|
|Tamba Hali, Kansas City Chiefs||OLB||Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs|
|Brian Orakpo, Washington Redskins (via trade)||OLB||John Abraham, Arizona Cardinals|
|Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens||OLB||Robert Mathis, Indianapolis Colts (via trade)|
|Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers||ILB||Vontaze Burfict, Cincinnati Bengals|
|Paul Posluszny, Jacksonville Jaguars||ILB||Derrick Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs|
|Tim Jennings, Chicago Bears||CB||Alterraun Verner, Tennessee Titans|
|Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals||CB||Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns|
|Darrelle Revis, Tampa Bay Buccaneers||CB||Brandon Flowers, Kansas City Chiefs|
|Brent Grimes, Miami Dolphins||CB||Antonio Cromartie, New York Jets|
|T.J. Ward, Cleveland Browns||S||Antrel Rolle, New York Giants|
|Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs||S||Jairus Byrd, Buffalo Bills|
|Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers||S||Eric Reid, San Francisco 49ers|
|Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens||K||Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots|
|Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings||PR||Dexter McCluster, Kansas City Chiefs|
It's hard to go wrong with any selections, but the following guys stayed around way too long.
Matt Forte, RB - Chicago Bears
Which RB should have been selected the earliest?
According to the depth chart for Team Rice, Matt Forte is listed as a third-string running back. It's understandable that Jerry Rice took the NFL's leading rusher, the Philadelphia Eagles' LeSean McCoy, ahead of Forte. It's also understandable that Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs was predestined to land with Team Sanders as a captain.
Guess it didn't matter that Forte was second in the NFL in rushing and had more receptions than Lacy and Murray.
Brandon Marshall, WR - Chicago Bears
It seems the Bears' top players didn't get a lot of respect in the draft process. Bears rookie Alshon Jeffery had a fantastic season, but he didn't deserve to be picked ahead of his teammate.
DC Fanatic finds this hilarious.
Alshon Jeffrey gets drafted in Pro Bowl before Brandon Marshall. LOL.— DCFanatic (@DCFanaticsBlog) January 23, 2014
Jeffery had more yards (1,421 to 1,295) because he ran deep routes more often than Marshall. But the latter had the edge in receptions (100 to 89) and touchdowns (12 to 7).
Aside from the numbers, Marshall's the senior performer of the two. If there was any debate, he should have gotten the nod.
Mario Williams, DE - Buffalo Bills
Despite being fourth in the NFL in sacks, Williams wasn't selected at all. As the last defensive end remaining, he was assigned to Team Sanders.
He had more sacks in 2013 than the New Orleans Saints' Cameron Jordan, Miami Dolphins' Cameron Wake and Houston Texans' J.J. Watt.
All three players were taken ahead of him on Wednesday night in Hawaii. He might just be playing on Sunday with a chip on his shoulder.
We're pretty sure Williams was kidding, but he might get a phone call from the commissioner's office after this tweet.
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