FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — From a somewhat inside perspective, the existence of a Pro Bowler was very leisurely on Friday.
The AFC and NFC squad held “practices” this morning, with many of the players wearing visors and bucket hats to compliment jerseys and shorts. It wasn’t a grueling workout.
Following the afternoon off that many players spent with family, the action is now — in Fort Lauderdale at least — winding down. A full moon is hanging on the horizon, three cruise ships have exited the harbor, the NFL family BBQ on the beach is over and the Pro Bowl hotel lobby is now quiet as players and their families vacate the premises for dinner. Later tonight in South Beach, however, the NFL is throwing a party for players and families only.
It’s an early call on Saturday, though. The teams will be holding practices open to the public at nearby Lockhart Stadium, starting with the AFC (9-10 a.m. ET) followed by the NFC (10-11 a.m. ET). The “Team USA vs. The World” game immediately follows.
Before I blog out, here’s just a few things we learned today:
- Rex Ryan has arrived at the Pro Bowl.
- Vernon Davis likes to call his teammates baby.
- NFL Network’s Deion Sanders looks out for defensive backs.
- David Garrard appreciates that Peyton Manning made the Super Bowl, but picks against him.
The NFL.com crew will be back tomorrow to hit you up with the latest from Pro Bowl.
– Frank Tadych