Woodson to serve as NFC captain for 2017 Pro Bowl

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on October 25, 2016 – 10:59 am

Former NFL defensive back Charles Woodson addresses members of the Edgewater High School football team before a news conference announcing Orlando, Fla., as the new host for the NFL Pro Bowl football game in Kissimmee, Fla., Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

GREEN BAY – Former Packers defensive back Charles Woodson has been selected as one of four Legends captains for the 2017 Pro Bowl.

This year, the Pro Bowl will return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC format following three years using a revised, “unconferenced” structure with four retired players assisting each team.

Woodson, who spent seven of his 18 NFL seasons with the Packers, and Tony Gonzalez will captain the NFC team, while Jerome Bettis and Ray Lewis lead the AFC.

During Pro Bowl Week, the four Legends Captains will serve as mentors for the Pro Bowl players, coach practices, and be present on the sidelines on gameday.

A nine-time Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl champion (XLV), Woodson returns to the Pro Bowl stage as a captain having played in the game in 2016.

Woodson, who now works as an ESPN commentator, ranks sixth on the NFL’s all-time interceptions list (65) and is tied for the most career defensive touchdowns (13). He won the NFL defensive player of the year award with the Packers in 2009.

“Playing in the Pro Bowl last year and now coming back as a captain is really special. I’m excited to return and take part in the week-long celebration of football’s best,” said Woodson in a statement.

“I learned a lot from the veterans I played alongside during my career, and now I have the opportunity during Pro Bowl Week to give back and impact current players and young athletes.”

The game will be played on Sunday, January 29, 2017 and simulcast live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Fans may vote to select players for the 2017 Pro Bowl online and on web-enabled mobile phones at www.NFL.com/probowlvote. Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 20 live on NFL Network.

Tickets to the 2017 Pro Bowl go on sale to the general public beginning Tuesday, October 25. Fans may visit NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale to purchase tickets.

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