FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Day three of the Pro Bowl, and the second day of practices, got an early rise out of this blogger. Let’s do this.
The NFC is practicing first today, and the players have already changed and are getting to position meetings. More than a few had Starbucks already in hand. Outside, two buses and a shuttle for the coaching staff are waiting, along with police escorts. I’m told by one of the sheriffs that the motorcycle squad is 60 strong. That’s legit.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, who missed the first day of practice, is here in his No. 28. As is Falcons WR Roddy White.
On the walk over to the team hotel, I was reminded that one of the goals of the NFL.com crew was to enjoy the cuisine of South Florida during this trip. If any of you have any suggestions for the Fort Lauderdale/Miami/South Florida scene, fill up the comments section below — we like to eat. Yours truly finished off a half-can of Coke and some pizza for breakfast that was partially consumed during last night’s late posts, unfortunately. Our co-workers are among those who are amused by blog posts about food, especially dessert, as I recall was one of the main themes during Super Bowl week in Phoenix (the cheesecake was that memorable).
I totally got sidetracked. Here’s a few football things to be on the lookout for today:
- NFL Network will again be on the sidelines, broadcasting live from practice. Rich Eisen, Michael Irvin and Prime will provide the commentary, and Haloti Ngata of the Ravens will be mic’d up for practice.
- Ravens RB Ray Rice was mic’d up during yesterday’s practice, so be on the lookout for that video today.
- LaMarr Woodley, Darnell Dockett, DeSean Jackson, Andy Lee, Vince Young and Chris Johnson were among the players who had flipcams yesterday, so the video will hopefully be posted here today featuring inside perspective of their Pro Bowl experience.
- One of the largest community events in league history will take place Thursday afternoon, as the NFL PLAY 60 Community Blitz will spend the afternoon working to improve the South Florida community. Commissioner Roger Goodell will be joined by most of the Pro Bowlers after practice.
– Frank Tadych