HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The two alumni team captains headlined the opening press conference at Ko Olina, and wasted no time showing off their all-star caliber charisma.
"I remember those nights you couldn't sleep" Rice said about their head-to-head matchups, as he stormed the podium while Sanders was talking.
"And I checked with the housekeeper. You had nothing but plastic on your beds before you played against me" Sanders retorted with a laugh.
That good natured ribbing set, and kept the tone of the presser light and amusing. However, more earnest undercurrents surround the game.
"Everybody here is accountable for the future of this game" said NFL Executive VP of Football Operations Ray Anderson.
The league has yet to announce the future of the Pro Bowl, including format and location. Still, the players remain undaunted in the face of the uncertainty, vowing to put on a quality product.
"I think what it comes down to is pride, pride in your effort and performance" said Saints quarterback Drew Brees, one of four player captains. He, along with Robert Quinn, was selected by Rice after a coin toss to determine draft order. Player captains JJ Watt and Jamaal Charles went to Team Sanders, which also had the first pick in the player draft.
The two day draft started Tuesday, and continues Wednesday.
The Pro Bowl is set to air on KHNL on Sunday, starting at 2pm.