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Falcons RB Devonta Freeman named a Pro Bowl captain

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who was selected to his first Pro Bowl, was named an active Pro Bowl captains, the NFL announced Friday.

Freeman is one of four captains along with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants, defensive tackle Geno Atkins of the Cincinnati Bengals, and defensive tackle Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams. Atkins and Freeman, both Florida natives, will be paired together, while Beckham will work with Donald. The four will help determine the rosters for Team Irvin and Team Rice during the Pro Bowl Draft coming up Wednesday on ESPN2.

"It feels good,'' Freeman said of being named a captain. "I'm just excited. I'm going to go and enjoy Hawaii and really have some fun.''

Freeman leaves for Hawaii on Tuesday. The game will be played Jan. 31 at Aloha Stadium and televised on ESPN (7 p.m. ET).

Joining Freeman in Hawaii will be wide receiver Julio Jones. While Freeman rushed for 1,056 yard and scored 14 touchdowns this past season, Jones set franchise records with 1,871 yards on 136 receptions. His numbers were the second-best single-season performances in NFL history behind Detroit's Calvin Johnson (1,964 yards), and Indianapolis' Marvin Harrison (143 catches). (Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown also had 136 receptions this past season.)

Freeman and Jones could be joined by a teammate or two. Cornerback Desmond Trufant and fullback Patrick DiMarco are Pro Bowl alternates. Players bound for the Super Bowl can't play in the Pro Bowl, meaning cornerbacks Patrick Peterson, Josh Norman, Chris Harris Jr., Aqib Talib, and Malcolm Butler could pull out, as could fullback Mike Tolbert.