J.J. Watt to play for Team Sanders in Pro Bowl


January 27, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; AFC defensive end J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans (99) runs past NFC offensive tackle

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of the Minnesota Vikings (75) in the fourth quarter during the 2013 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. The NFC defeated the AFC 62-35. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt will play for Team Sanders in the 2014 Pro Bowl this Sunday in Hawaii.

Watt, who was the 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, will play for Deion Sanders, as he and Jerry Rice are picking the teams for the Pro Bowl.

Watt this season finished with 80 combined tackles (65 solo) with 10.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. Watt also recovered two fumbles.

Others joining Watt on Team Sanders on offense are Marcel Reece (Oakland Raiders, fullback), Marshal Yanda (Baltimore Ravens, guard), Logan Mankins (New England Patriots, guard), Kyle Long (Chicago Bears, guard), Mike Pouncey (Miami Dolphins, center) and Alex Mack (Cleveland Browns, center).

On defense, those selected on Tuesday were: Ndamukong Suh (Detroit Lions, defensive tackle), Gerald McCoy (Detroit Lions, defensive tackle) and Dontari Poe (Kansas City Chiefs, defensive tackle).

If only the Pro Bowl was played like a real game … imagine the pressure Watt and Suh could bring to an opposing offense.

Special teams players selected on day one were Matthew Slater (New England Patriots, special teams), Brandon Fields (Miami Dolphins, punter) and J.J. Jansen (Carolina Panthers, long snapper).

For a full list of Day One draft results, click here on the Fansided network.

Day Two will have all the other skilled positions being selected for both Team Sanders and Team Rice. The Pro Bowl draft airs on the NFL Network.