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- Updated: February 1, 2016
Russell Wilson stole the show as he threw three first-half touchdown passes to lead Team Irvin to a 49-27 victory over Team Rice on Sunday and earn offensive MVP honors at Aloha Stadium. Wilson’s Seattle teammate Michael Bennett was the defensive MVP, after recording the game’s only sack and deflecting a pass. The Seahawks quarterback, who was the first player picked in the all-star game’s draft, went 8-of-12 for 164 yards. He led scoring drives on three of Team Irvin’s first four possessions.
“Any time you have the opportunity to play the great game of football, you take advantage of the opportunity,” Wilson said. “Playing in the Pro Bowl is a special thing because to be able to see all the amazing players across the league, who are the best players in the world, and to be able to play on one field together is a really, really cool thing.”
Minnesota’s Teddy Bridgewater and Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston each added two TD passes for Team Irvin. Jacksonville’s Allen Robinson, Tennessee’s Delanie Walker, Philadelphia’s Darren Sproles and Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins had scoring receptions. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of the New York Giants had two of Team Irvin’s six interceptions.
The teams were drafted and captained by Hall of Fame wide receivers Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice. Winston Moss, Green Bay’s assistant head coach and linebackers coach, filled in for the ill Mike McCarthy and coached Team Irvin. Kansas City’s Andy Reid led Team Rice.
A record 47 players declined to participate in this year’s Pro Bowl, either due to injury or for personal reasons, or couldn’t play because their teams are in the Super Bowl. Carolina had 10 players selected, including quarterback Cam Newton, while Denver had four, including defensive stars Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware.
It was also the final game of Oakland safety Charles Woodson’s 18-year career. He was escorted off the field by his two young sons, to rousing cheers from the fans who remained.