The 2015 Pro Bowl has come and gone, and Team Michael Irvin defeated Team Cris Carter in an actually entertaining football game. The Pro Bowl doesn’t have the best reputation among pro sports all-star games, but the intensity level seemed to pick up as the game went along, and the Broncos were (unfortunately) well represented in the game despite missing some big name players due to injury.
Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders led Team Irvin in receiving with five catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns. It was his first Pro Bowl after his first season with the Denver Broncos, and he almost didn’t get voted into the game.
Von Miller, the Broncos’ star pass rusher, played in his first Pro Bowl since 2013 and led team Irvin with eight tackles. The other Broncos players to play in the game were running back C.J. Anderson, offensive tackle Ryan Clady, defensive end DeMarcus Ware, cornerbacks Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib, and safety T.J. Ward.
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Quarterback Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions, playing in his first Pro Bowl, took home offensive MVP honors while Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was the defensive MVP. The incentive for players to win the game is roughly a difference of about $27,500 in a game check, $55,000 going to the players on the winning team.
The Broncos had a record number of players voted into the Pro Bowl this year, but quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, and tight end Julius Thomas were all unable to play due to injury.