The NFL’s annual Pro Bowl is a celebration of the season’s best. The 2010 version is also a chance to honor some of the decade’s biggest stars.
The complete 2000s NFL All-Decade Team was revealed during a special Pro Bowl edition of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown earlier today.
Twelve players named to the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team will compete in tonight’s Pro Bowl before a sellout crowd in excess of 70,000. Broadcast live on ESPN at 7:20 p.m. ET from Sun Life Stadium, the Pro Bowl will for the first time be held prior to the Super Bowl and serve as the signature kickoff event of Super Bowl week.
All-Stars from the Super Bowl competing teams will not participate in the Pro Bowl, but they will attend the game and be honored as part of the pregame festivities. Three of those players have also been selected to the All-Decade Team: quarterback PEYTON MANNING and defensive end DWIGHT FREENEY of the Colts and safety DARREN SHARPER of the Saints.
The NFL All-Decade teams are chosen every 10 years by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee members. The 2000s will mark the ninth All-Decade team to be selected in NFL history.
This decade’s 53-player team will be comprised of two quarterbacks, four running backs, one fullback, four wide receivers, two tight ends, four offensive tackles, four guards, two centers, four defensive tackles, four defensive ends, six linebackers, four cornerbacks, four safeties, two kickers, two punters, two kick returners and two punt returners. Two head coaches have also been chosen.
NFL ALL-DECADE TEAM – 2000s
(2010 Pro Bowl participants listed in Bold/Italics)
TIGHT ENDS (2)
RUNNING BACKS (4)
WIDE RECEIVERS (4)
OFFENSIVE TACKLES (4)
HEAD COACHES (2)
DEFENSIVE ENDS (4)
DEFENSIVE TACKLES (4)
PUNT RETURNERS (2)
KICK RETURNERS (2)