Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Luck, Mathis on same Pro Bowl team
By Mike Wells
Sorry, Matt Overton. It’ll be your starting quarterback, linebacker and the entire coaching staff on one side. And you’ll be on the other side during the Pro Bowl this weekend.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and linebacker Robert Mathis will see a bunch of familiar faces when they play for Chuck Pagano and the rest of the coaching staff as part of Team Deion Sanders in the Pro Bowl in Hawaii.
Overton, the team’s long snapper, will play for Team Jerry Rice.
Luck is used to being the top player chosen in a draft. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft and he was the No. 1 overall pick in Day 2 of the Pro Bowl draft over players like Carolina’s Cam Newton and San Diego’s Philip Rivers. This is the first year that the Pro Bowl did away with the traditional AFC-NFC teams, instead choosing to have a draft.
Having Luck and Mathis on the same team means the NFL’s sack leader doesn’t have to worry about being in the awkward position of sacking his teammate.
Luck will have plenty of offensive weapons to turn to, as he has Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles to hand the ball off to and pass to and Cincinnati's A.J. Green and Dallas' Dez Bryant at receiver.
Luck was 12-of-19 for 205 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in his first Pro Bowl last year. Mathis, voted to six straight Pro Bowls, had five tackles and a sack in last year’s game.