The stars of the National Football League were out in full force Sunday evening as the first year of the newly designed Pro-Bowl format was on display. The Redskins had three players, Alfred Morris, Brian Orakpo, and Trent Williams, named to the League’s all-star showcase. The new format pitted Hall of Famers Deon Sanders and Jerry Rice against each other with each being able to hand select their team. Each of the three Redskins were chosen by Team Sanders with Williams being the fourth offensive tackle selected. On the other hand, both Orakpo and Morris were assigned to the team due to their late addition to the festivities.
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Morris, who wrapped up his second season with 1,275 rushing yards, was easily the most productive member with 69 receiving yards on four receptions along with four rushing yards. He did, however, lose a costly fumble on one of his long receptions. On the night, Orakpo quietly gathered one tackle and Williams saw significant time along the offensive line.
Team Sanders was ultimately downed by Team Rice in a rather dramatic affair that had the game on the line entering one of the final plays. Team Rice decided to go for the two-point conversation with time running down to snag the Pro-Bowl victory. Although Washington may not have been as well represented as they may have hoped in August, the game was still a major positive in a rather disappointing season.