Tonight, the five Buccaneers Pro Bowlers, QB Jameis Winston, RB Doug Martin, LB Lavonte David, G Logan Mankins and DT Gerald McCoy, learned which side they'll be playing for this Sunday.
On ESPN2, the two team captains, NFL Legends Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice, drafted their teams from the pool of 88 Pro Bowl players. Without further ado, here are the teams that your Bucs will be playing on.
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WR Michael Irvin played for the Dallas Cowboys for his entire career from 1988 to 1999. He was selected to five consecutive Pro Bowl teams from 1991-95, was a first-team All Pro in 1991 and played for three Super Bowl champions. Irvin was also a team captain last year, his team won the game 32-28.
Team Irvin picked first in tonight's draft. The Bucs making up Team Irvin are…
QB JAMEIS WINSTON
Jameis Winston was selected to take snaps for Team Irvin. He was the fourth quarterback taken in the Pro Bowl Draft.
After being selected #1 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, Jameis Winston put together one of the best rookie seasons for a quarterback in NFL history. He was the third player in NFL history to put up more than 4,000 passing yards in their debut season. His 28 total touchdowns (22 passing, 6 rushing) were not only a franchise record, but also the third-most posted by a rookie QB in NFL history. He is currently a front-runner for the 2015 Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Winston replaced New England QB Tom Brady to become just the fourth quarterback in Bucs history to make the Pro Bowl.
LB LAVONTE DAVID
Lavonte David was the third outside linebacker taken and will play for Team Irvin.
David has been named to the Pro Bowl roster for the first time in his NFL career, despite finishing in the top five in the NFL in tackles in each of his first three seasons prior to 2015. This season, David finished third in the league in tackles with 147 and was named an AP All-Pro for the second time in his career. He also tacked on three interceptions, two forced fumbles, three sacks and a touchdown in 2015.
Lavonte David replaced Denver OLB DeMarcus Ware.
WR Jerry Rice holds the NFL record for receiving yards (22,895), receptions (1,549) and receiving touchdowns (197) he compiled over his 20-year career. Rice was selected to 13 Pro Bowls (1986-96, 98, 2002) and was named a First-Team All Pro 10 times, which is tied for the most all-time. Rice was a team captain in the 2014 Pro Bowl, the first time the game used the drafting format. His team won 22-21.
Team Rice picked second in tonight's draft. The Buccaneers making up Team Rice are…
RB DOUG MARTIN
Team Rice selected Doug Martin as the fourth running back taken in the Pro Bowl draft.
This season, Doug Martin rushed for 1,402 yards, the second most in the NFL. He added 271 receiving yards on 44 catches and had seven total touchdowns. For the first time in his career, he was also named an AP All-Pro in 2015. Behind the stellar ground game from Martin, in 2015 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished fifth in the NFL in rushing yards per game and second in yards per rush.
This is Doug Martin's second Pro Bowl selection. His first was following his rookie season when he gained1,926 yards from scrimmage and 12 total touchdowns.
G LOGAN MANKINS
Logan Mankins will line up for Team Rice in the 2016 Pro Bowl.
This is Mankins' second season as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer and first Pro Bowl selection in red and pewter. As a New England Patriot, Mankins was selected to six Pro Bowls and named an AP All-Pro once in 2010. Mankins replaced Carolina's Trai Turner.
DT GERALD MCCOY
Gerald McCoy will track down the quarterback for Team Rice.
McCoy had 34 tackles and posted 8.5 sacks this season, tied for the second-most he has had in a single season and ranked fourth in sacks among NFL DTs. McCoy was named an AP All Pro in 2013. This is the fourth consecutive year that Gerald McCoy has been named to the Pro Bowl. McCoy is the ninth player in Bucs history to go to at least four Pro Bowls and the seventh to be selected to four straight.
You can watch the 2016 Pro Bowl on Sunday, January 31 at 7:00 PM on ESPN.