The good news for Seattle Seahawks fans is that Russell Wilson is preparing for a football game in Florida. The bad news is that it’s the Pro Bowl and not the Super Bowl, but we still get to see Russ one more time before the NFL season is officially over.
Before Wilson plays in the Pro Bowl, he’ll be looking to lead the NFC to victory in this year’s Skills Competition. Bobby Wagner and Shaquill Griffin, the only other Seahawks representing the NFC, will take no part in Thursday’s festivities.
In case you’re wondering what games are being played this year, the NFL has got you covered.
Thread the Needle presented by Panini: A new challenge that puts defensive backs to the test in a head-to-head competition. DBs will try to stop the opposing team’s quarterback from completing passes through the targets.
Gridiron Gauntlet presented by Castrol EDGE: Five players from each team will participate in a head-to-head relay race designed to showcase strength, speed, and agility. Competitions include a fumble scramble through an inflatable path, among others.
Best Hands presented by Intuit: Two WR-QB duos from each conference will compete in a timed relay race to catch a series of passes at a sequence of downfield targets as quickly as possible. Designated targets require a specific style of catch – diving, one-handed, over the shoulder, etc. – which must be executed before the receiver can move on to the next target.
Precision Passing presented by Skittles: Each conference’s two quarterbacks and one captain-appointed non-quarterback will battle it out in a one-minute accuracy competition, as they attempt to hit as many targets as possible.
Epic Pro Bowl Dodgeball presented by Old Spice: In the grand finale, Pro Bowlers will compete in a classic game of dodgeball, with every member of each team participating. In a best of three series, the team with the last person on the court wins.
I am very much looking forward to dodgeball because it’s the only sport that I was ever good at. The Thread the Needle game sounds fun, and I look forward to what Wilson can do throwing it to Adams in Best Hands.
Anyone who watched last year’s competition witnessed Wilson’s outstanding performance in the Precision Passing competition.
The full NFC and AFC Skills rosters are as follows:
NFC: Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, Davante Adams, Cordarrelle Patterson, Jaylon Smith, Cameron Jordan, Eddie Jackson, Shaquill Barrett
AFC: Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson, Nick Chubb, Jarvis Landry, Mark Andrews, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Stephon Gilmore, Cameron Heyward, Von Miller.
You can catch the Pro Bowl Skills competition on Thursday, 6 PM PT on ESPN.