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Pro Bowl Rookies Enjoying Festivities Before the Game

T.J. Houshmandzadeh T.J. Houshmandzadeh
Greg Ellis Greg Ellis
Derek Anderson Derek Anderson

By Jason Tang

WAIKIKI (KHNL) -- Less than 48 hours remain before the Pro-Bowl kicks off, and the closer we get to game day, the bigger the festivities get.

It's all about fun and games for all these fans out here at world famous Waikiki beach, there's going be a movie, and the pro bowl cheerleaders will also make an appearance, and the best part is that it's free.

However, for some first time pro bowlers, it's still a good time, but it's definitely not always free.

"You know what you're gonna get when you come here, you sit by the pool, everybody gonna put it on your tab, so you gotta walk away a little bit, you'll spend a lot of money on drinks and food, everybody asks what room you in, don't tell anybody your room number, or else you'll have a nice hefty tab when you check out," said T.J. Houshmandzadeh, a first time Pro Bowler.

Picking up everybody's check may be the expectation for most rookie Pro Bowlers, but there are some players with exceptions.

Take for example Dallas Cowboy linebacker Greg Ellis, a 10-year veteran, making his first Pro Bowl appearance.

"That rookie stuff don't need to apply to me, yeah, it's my first time over here, so I'm playing a lot of special teams here, that's my hazing you know what I mean. I've learned more things here in two days than I have 10 years in the NFL, playing on the punt team, I never did that, playing on the kickoff I never did that, like where am I exactly supposed to lineup on these teams, so I'm learning a whole lot of stuff too," said Ellis.

The education is not only coming on the football field, but also off it.

Just ask Derek Anderson, a first year starting quarterback in Cleveland, and a first time Pro Bowler

Things have been alright, I've been checking my room bill every night," said Anderson.

"Have they been charging you?"

"Nope, not yet, I buy a few drinks for the guys and take care of it so it's good," Anderson said.

Luckily, they only have to go through it once.

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