When Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders announced Monday via twitter that he intended to “suit up” for the 2014 Pro Bowl--for which he’s serving as a team captain along with Jerry Rice--we didn’t honestly know what to make of it. Did this mean he was playing? Or that he’d just be hanging out in pads on the sideline?
Presumably, if he made the effort to put on a full complement of pads, he’d want to play. Football pads are kind of a hassle to put on, after all. But just hours after the initial Tweet, the NFL came out and put the kibosh on any hopes that January 6 could feature the Hall of Fame match-up of Rice Vs. Sanders.
A spokesman for the NFL told ProFootballTalk.com on Monday afternoon that, while they won’t play, Sanders and Rice “will be spending the full week with their clubs beyond the draft, attending practices, on the sidelines for gameday.”
Normally, we’d use this opportunity to make fun of the NFL for being the “No Fun League.” But not allowing Sanders to suit up is probably a good idea. No need to make the Pro Bowl any worse by televising a living legend blowing out a knee and/or Achilles and/or hip.
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