The NFL announced on Thursday that, while Pro Football Hall of Famers Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice will be drafting the teams, that four captains have been selected out of the players who will actually participating in the game. The captains will be helping Sanders and Rice select the teams.
To determine the captains, the NFL took the top offensive and defensive vote-getter from each conference.
The captains that emerged out of the NFC voting were New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn, while the players with the most votes on the AFC side were Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.
Rice will get one of the pairs, while Sanders gets the other. They will reportedly be assigned prior to the draft.
If the team captains try to convince Rice and Sanders to draft players that they are most familiar with, there is a real chance that we could still end up with something close to the AFC-NFC format despite the league’s best effort to mix it up.