Rice maps out draft plan for picking Pro Bowl team

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice says he has a draft strategy mapped out for picking his Pro Bowl squad and wants quarterback Peyton Manning and linebacker Robert Mathis on his side.

Rice told reporters on a conference call Monday he plans to take a balanced approach to selecting his players for the Jan. 26 game and expects rival alumni captain Deion Sanders to focus on defense.

Rice says he expects the game to be a throwback to battles he and the former defensive played out when they were all-stars in the NFL. He says he wants bragging rights and knows Sanders wants the same.

The two-day draft is a departure from the game's traditional AFC vs. NFC format, with a schoolyard-style selection process modified with several twists.

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