On how playing in past Pro Bowls will compare to being a captain in the upcoming Pro Bowl and what strategy they will use to draft players:
Cris Carter: It’s a great honor to be associated with the National Football League. For them to give us the responsibility with their best players [is great]. Michael and I go back a long way and we have a lot of years that we made the Pro Bowl together. And if he wasn’t playing when I was playing, I would have made more. And vice versa.
We always took it seriously. I think there is some type of strategy to it. Number one is it is a competitive game. You can see that in last year’s game.
And if guys are a little bit older in the tooth and everything, sometimes they might not want to participate in the Pro Bowl like the young guys so I might take that into consideration when I’m drafting guys, because guys who make it their first or second year — they have a lot more excitement. So I’m not going to bring in my total strategy, but that might partake in it — a guy’s age.
Michael Irvin: Yes, and I think he might of just given up too much right there.
The older guys are saying, you know, “Hey, we’re going to chill. We’re going to chill.” My thoughts were, “No, I can’t chill, I have to show people that I’m ready to play.”
But I also remember all of the older guys that say, “Hey, we’re going to chill. We’re going to chill.” That was just rhetoric. They came out playing when it was time, and especially in that fourth quarter. So you want to consider all of those things. But what Cris also points to is we add five or six guys each year that I said, “All right, I’m out to beat him, beat him, and beat him. Make sure I’m in the Pro Bowl.”
We had five guys in the NFC that I’m worried about. Now [the new format] opens it up because it may have been a one time the shot in the NFC. I like this format because it gives you an opportunity now at your division. Like we were with Cris Carter, Jerry Rice, myself, Herman Moore, Andre Rison. It gives you an opportunity now to measure up against the AFC guys and still get in.
Carter: And the hardest strategy is that the draft, there are going to be the wide receivers who we have to pick – because they’re going to take it personally if we don’t draft them.
Irvin: And that’s what’s going to make it fun also.