The two started out as teammates on Team Deion Sanders, which will be led by Colts coach Chuck Pagano and the rest of his coaching staff, but Mathis was later traded to Team Jerry Rice.
Now it’s Mathis, who led the NFL with 19.5 sacks this season, and long snapper Matt Overton are on Rice’s team, which will be coached the Carolina Panthers staff. Luck will be with Pagano and also have to look out for Mathis coming from behind trying to strip-sack him in the game.
Luck is used to being the top player chosen in the draft. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 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, electing to have a draft instead.
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 A.J. Green from Cincinnati and Dez Bryant from Dallas 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.