For the first time, the NFL will host unprecedented activities to celebrate all levels of the sport at Walt Disney World Resort and throughout Orlando. Highlights of Pro Bowl Week festivities at Walt Disney World Resort include:
- Pro Bowl AFC and NFC practices will be held alongside youth football competitions, activities and fan events at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which annually hosts more than 100 youth sports events, such as the Pop Warner Super Bowl.
- NFL FLAG Championships and Punt, Pass, and Kick National Championships will take place at the sports complex. The 13-14 Boys Championship Game will be aired on ESPN as part of the network’s broadcast of the Pro Bowl.
- The first-ever NFL Women’s Career in Football Forum will be held in conjunction with USA Football’s Women’s World Football Games at the sports complex. The forum will prepare women for careers in football operations, including coaching, officiating and scouting.
- Pro Bowl festivities for youth and their families will take place throughout the week across Orlando, including a parade of Pro Bowl players in the Magic Kingdom and Pro Bowl-themed 5K.
The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. It was the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995. Eighty-eight players will be selected across the AFC and NFC rosters.
The 2017 Pro Bowl rosters have been announced, and some of the top NFL veterans and rookies alike will soon make their way to the Walt Disney World Resort for this fun-filled, star-studded event. The Oakland Raiders led all teams with seven Pro Bowl selections, including Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack, among others.nNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady earned his 11th Pro Bowl selection, most among active players. Additionally, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was chosen for the eighth time. Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill joins Dallas Cowboys sensations, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot as the only rookies to earn Pro Bowl nods this season. For Prescott, Pro Bowl Week will be somewhat of a homecoming: the young quarterback trained for the 2016 NFL draft at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex under renowned performance coach, Tom Shaw.
The re-imagined Pro Bowl will feature a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC game format and, new for 2017, a week’s worth of family-friendly festivities at the Walt Disney World Resort.
The Pro Bowl Skills Showdown will be a series of events where AFC and NFC All-Stars compete against each other in unique competitions. The 2017 Pro Bowl Legends Captains, Jerome Bettis and Ray Lewis of the AFC and Tony Gonzalez and Charles Woodson of the NFC, will lead their respective squads. Each team in the Skills Showdown will feature a mix of quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, linemen, linebackers, and defensive backs.
Epic Pro Bowl Dodgeball: Pro Bowlers will compete in a game of dodgeball.
Power Relay Challenge: AFC and NFC stars will go head-to-head in a timed relay race.
Precision Passing: Two players on each team will battle it out, trying to hit moving targets of varying size and distance.
Best Hands: Quarterback and wide receiver duos from each team will show off their skills, connecting on as many pass attempts as possible before time runs out.
Additionally, guests have the opportunity to see some of their favorite NFL stars during NFC and AFC practices, which are also held at the sports complex. There are also activities planned for Disney Springs as well as Epcot, which will be the site of the Pro Bowl 5K run.
The position-by-position rosters for the Pro Bowl are below:
AFC Pro Bowl Roster
Wide receiver: Antonio Brown*, Steelers; Amari Cooper*, Raiders; A.J. Green, Bengals; T.Y. Hilton, Colts
Tackle: Joe Thomas*, Browns; Donald Penn*, Raiders; Taylor Lewan, Titans
Guard: Marshal Yanda*, Ravens; Kelechi Osemele*, Raiders; David DeCastro, Steelers
Center: Rodney Hudson*, Raiders; Maurkice Pouncey, Steelers
Tight end: Travis Kelce*, Chiefs; Delanie Walker, Titans
Quarterback: Tom Brady*, Patriots; Derek Carr, Raiders; Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
Running back: Le’Veon Bell*, Steelers; DeMarco Murray, Titans; LeSean McCoy, Bills
Fullback: Kyle Juszcyzyk*, Ravens
Defense end: Khalil Mack*, Raiders; Cameron Wake*, Dolphins; Jadeveon Clowney, Texans
Interior linemen: Geno Atkins*, Bengals; Ndamukong Suh*, Dolphins; Jurrell Casey, Titans
Outside linebacker: Von Miller*, Broncos; Lorenzo Alexander*, Bills; Brian Orakpo, Titans
Inside/middle linebacker: Dont’a Hightower*, Patriots; C.J. Mosley, Ravens
Cornerback: Marcus Peters*, Chiefs; Aqib Talib*, Broncos; Casey Hayward, Chargers; Chris Harris, Broncos
Free safety: Devin McCourty*, Patriots; Reggie Nelson, Raiders
Strong safety: Eric Berry*, Chiefs
Punter: Pat McAfee*, Colts
Kicker: Justin Tucker*, Ravens
Return specialist: Tyreek Hill*, Chiefs
Special teamer: Matthew Slater*, Patriots
NFC Pro Bowl Roster
Wide receiver: Julio Jones*, Falcons; Odell Beckham*, Giants; Mike Evans, Buccaneers; Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
Tackle: Tyron Smith*, Cowboys; Trent Williams*, Redskins; Jason Peters, Eagles
Guard: Zack Martin*, Cowboys; Brandon Scherff*, Redskins; T.J. Lang, Packers
Center: Travis Frederick*, Cowboys; Alex Mack, Falcons
Tight end: Greg Olsen*, Panthers; Jordan Reed, Redskins
Quarterback: Matt Ryan*, Falcons; Aaron Rodgers, Packers; Dak Prescott, Cowboys
Running back: Ezekiel Elliott*, Cowboys; David Johnson, Cardinals; Devonta Freeman, Falcons
Fullback: Mike Tolbert*, Panthers
Defensive end: Everson Griffen*, Vikings; Cliff Avril*, Seahawks; Michael Bennett, Seahawks
Interior linemen: Aaron Donald*, Rams; Gerald McCoy*, Buccaneers; Fletcher Cox, Eagles
Outside linebacker: Vic Beasley*, Falcons; Ryan Kerrigan*, Redskins; Thomas Davis, Panthers
Inside/middle linebacker: Bobby Wagner*, Seahawks; Luke Kuechly, Panthers
Cornerback: Janoris Jenkins*, Giants; Patrick Peterson*, Cardinals; Richard Sherman, Seahawks; Xavier Rhodes, Vikings
Free safety: Harrison Smith*, Vikings; Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Packers
Strong safety: Landon Collins*, Giants
Punter: Johnny Hekker*, Rams
Kicker: Matt Bryant*, Falcons
Return specialist: Cordarrelle Patterson*, Vikings
Special teamer: Dwayne Harris*, Giants
And now that we’re less than a few weeks away from the NFL Pro Bowl’s arrival in the Orlando area. we’ve heard that Mickey Mouse and Goofy want to make some magic themselves and get in the game. The Disney Parks Blog has launched a special campaign to get Mickey and Goofy voted onto the Pro Bowl teams. Mickey and Goofy love the idea and have already started training. Make sure you cast your vote now on the Disney Parks Blog and help put Mickey and Goofy on the 2017 Pro Bowl Team Roster.