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We all go into the Pro Bowl knowing that it's going to be an exhibition of talent and not a full-on NFL contest. However, that doesn't mean there are no storylines worth watching.
The Last Ride of Charles Woodson
Perhaps the biggest reason to watch the 2016 Pro Bowl is to bear witness to the final game of legendary Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson.
Woodson, who has spent 18 seasons as a cornerback and as a safety with the Raiders and with the Green Bay Packers, announced last year that the 2015 season would be his last. After finishing the season with 74 tackles, five interceptions and one forced fumble, he gets to end his final tour in the Pro Bowl.
If you weren't lucky enough to see Woodson play on a regular basis, his greatness and his approach to the game should become apparent when you hear the man speak of what he wants his legacy to be.
“I want people to say that I left it all out on the field, nothing more and nothing less,” Woodson said, per Randy Covitz of ESPN.com. “I gave the game everything I had. Every Sunday that I went out and played the game, I gave it 100 percent effort. That is all you can ask for [from] anybody."
We'll get to watch Woodson one last time. Though no one would blame him if he doesn't give it 100 percent in the exhibition, few should be surprised if that's exactly what he does. Since it's the Pro Bowl, we might even get to see him do it on offense and on special teams.
Teammates vs. Teammates
If you're not interested in celebrating Woodson's impressive career (shame on you!), you might enjoy the Pro Bowl's battles between regular-season teammates.
On Sunday, we might get to witness Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie pick off Eli Manning. We might see Khalil Mack tackle Latavius Murray or Everson Griffin sack Teddy Bridgewater.
The novelty of having teammates compete against each other isn't only exciting for the fans, either. At least, that's the impression given off by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.
"I'm gonna jam his little chest," Sherman said of going up against Seattle receiver/returner Tyler Lockett, per NFL Media's Conor Orr. "He knows it. He knows it. I know what he said (about me) but he's also an eighth grader."
Considering these guys probably rarely get the chance to go full force against each other in practices, players might actually cherish the idea of battling their teammates on a national stage.
OK, so the players don't take the Pro Bowl all that seriously. In a way, this is what adds to the charm and the attraction.
We're probably going to see defensive players on offense, wide receivers throwing footballs and offensive linemen getting red-zone targets. Oh, and we'll probably see plenty of bizarre trick plays that coaches would never dare attempt in a real NFL game.
Miami Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry hinted as much Saturday, via the NFL on ESPN's Twitter account. "Got a great game plan going in for Team Rice," Landry said. "Couple unexpected passes from a couple different guys, so..."
We're not likely to see a lot of traditional, fundamentally sound football Sunday. Since we're talking about the Pro Bowl, though, we'll take the non-traditional stuff.