Indianapolis Colts: Deion Sanders

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was on the same team as his coach, Chuck Pagano, but it was linebacker Robert Mathis and long snapper Matt Overton who were on the winning Pro Bowl team that earned a $53,000 check compared to the $26,000 for the losing team.

Mathis' team, Team Jerry Rice, beat Luck's team, Team Deion Sanders, 22-21 in Honolulu.

Luck was the No. 1 overall pick in the Pro Bowl draft and started at quarterback over Carolina's Cam Newton, who had more votes than him. But it's understandable that Luck started since he was playing for his head coach.

Luck was 5-of-7 for 80 yards, a touchdown and an interception. His lone touchdown pass came on a flea flicker play where Kansas City's Jamaal Charles tossed the ball back to Luck, who launched a pass to Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson that looked like it would be intercepted . Jackson went up into double coverage and hauled the pass in.

Luck's interception happened when St. Louis' Robert Quinn tipped his pass and Cincinnati's Vontaze Burfict picked it off. It's a good thing Luck won't have to see Quinn anytime soon again. Quinn sacked the Colts' quarterback twice during the regular-season meeting that St. Louis won 38-8.

The NFL did away with the traditional AFC-NFC Pro Bowl teams in favor of a draft. That meant there would be opportunities for teammates during the regular season to go against each other on Sunday.

Mathis didn't get an opportunity to sack Luck. Mathis, who led the league in sacks with 19.5, finished with four tackles.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and linebacker Robert Mathis will find out which Pro Bowl team -- Team Deion Sanders or Team Jerry Rice -- they’ll be on Wednesday evening when the rest of the inaugural draft is completed.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano is coaching Sanders’ team. It’ll fun if Luck goes against Pagano and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. It’ll also be interesting if Luck and Mathis are on different teams because you likely won’t see Mathis coming off the edge and attempting to take the Colts’ franchise player’s arm off with a one of his customary strip sacks.

Colts long snapper Matt Overton will go against Pagano in the game. Overton was drafted by Rice’s team, which will be coached by Carolina’s Ron Rivera. Pagano got Rivera back by selecting Carolina long snapper J.J. Jansen.

Here’s a look at the players drafted for Pagano’s team so far.

Team Sanders

DT Ndamukong Suh Detroit

DT Gerald McCoy Tampa Bay

DT Dontari Poe Kansas City

G Marshall Yanda Baltimore

G Logan Mankins New England

G Kyle Long Chicago

C Mike Pouncey Miami

C Alex Mack Cleveland

FB Marcel Reece Oakland

Special Teamer

Brandon Fields Miami

Long Snapper

J.J. Jansen Carolina

Andrew Luck headed to the Pro Bowl

January, 19, 2014
Jan 19
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts linebacker Robert Mathis, long snapper Matt Overton and the entire coaching staff will have some extra company in Hawaii this week for the Pro Bowl.

Quarterback Andrew Luck will join them after being named to the team as a result of Seattle’s Russell Wilson's trip to the Super Bowl. Overton was named to the team last week.

Luck passed for 205 yards and two touchdowns in his first appearance in the Pro Bowl last year.

Luck threw for 3,822 yards, 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions while completing 60.2 percent of his attempts this season.

In a different twist to the Pro Bowl this year, Mathis could end up chasing down Luck or Chuck Pagano could be coaching against his franchise quarterback because the teams are no longer divided by AFC-NFC players. There will be a draft on Jan. 22 in which Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will pick the teams.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Linebacker Robert Mathis -- and possibly quarterback Andrew Luck -- will have some company with them for the Pro Bowl in Hawaii.

The consolation prize for not advancing to the AFC Championship Game is that the Indianapolis Colts' coaching staff will coach one of the Pro Bowl teams during the game on Jan. 26.

“Fortunately for the coaching staff, and well-deserved, they get to go to Hawaii,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “It'll be a well-deserved break for those guys. As you guys know, it's not a real grind as far as meetings and practice and things like that. Those guys are excited about it.”

Pagano may not end up coaching Mathis in the game because teams are no longer divided by AFC-NFC players. There will be a draft on Jan. 22 in which Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will pick the teams.

Luck could be chosen to the team if quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game and advance to the Super Bowl.