NFL Dodgeball Teams

The conference championship games are over, which means it is time to focus our attention on the NFL's most star-studded game: The Pro Bowl.

This coming Sunday, the best of the NFC and the best of the AFC (as in, those willing to make the post-season trip) will descend upon Orlando for some riveting football action. But before the game, this year's festivities will feature the first "Epic Pro Bowl Dodgeball." On Thursday night, the sport will be featured, along with the "Power Relay Challenge," "Precision Passing" and "Best Hands," as part of the inaugural Pro Bowl Skills Showdown. The NFL has kept the rules of this dodgeball game unknown and it is unclear how many players and who will participate in the game. This allows us freedom to imagine.

A long history of NFL players missed out on dodgeball at the Pro Bowl. But we can give them the respect they deserve. Below are the two all-time NFL dodgeball rosters, featuring ten players from the NFC and ten from the AFC. That's right. This is what it would look like if Doug Flutie could line up against Fran Tarkenton on a dodgeball court. It would be incredible. Most of the players featured are scrambling quarterbacks or quarterbacks-turned-wide receivers, but there are some wild cards in play. All would make Patches O'Houlihan proud on ESPN The Ocho.

NFC: Aaron Rodgers

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Rodgers may very well be the NFL's best active dodgeball player. With his elusiveness and precise arm, Rodgers is a deadly player. With the Packers' loss in the NFC Championship Game, we could actually see Rodgers suit up for the inaugural game.

Fran Tarkenton

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The original scrambling quarterback, Tarkenton knew how to avoid a hit while unleashing electric throws. He was probably a physical education class dodgeball legend in Georgia in the 1950s.

Michael Vick

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One of the NFL's most electric players in his prime, Vick was, despite his prison sentence, the greatest rushing quarterback of all time. His 6,109 career rushing yards are a quarterback record by more than 1,000. Vick could also throw too, whipping lefty overhand and sidearm throws.

Randall Cunningham

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Before Vick came along, Cunningham led NFL quarterbacks in rushing yards with 4,928. Cunningham still has the balance of running and passing to make him dangerous on a dodgeball court. Also, he was an All-American punter at UNLV, so maybe some kicking can be incorporated into his play.


Brett Favre

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Favre had one of the most powerful cannons in NFL history. He wasn't a runner the way Vick and Cunningham were but he made big plays on the move. That improvisation also contributed to his 336 interceptions, by far the most ever. But Favre deserves a spot just to let him sit back and fire. Think Fulton Reed in Mighty Ducks.

Deion Sanders

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One of the greatest athletes ever, Sanders showed off amazing hands as a defensive back, wide receiver and kick returner. As an outfielder, Sanders wasn't known for having the greatest throwing arm, but it was good enough that he played center in nine MLB seasons.

Steve Young

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Along with his mobile abilities, Young is also left-handed. Vick may be slightly better at dodging, but Young has the more accurate arm among the southpaws.

Donovan McNabb

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The Eagles' long-time mobile quarterback made the postseason eight of his 11 seasons in Philadelphia. On this team, he wouldn't be the best thrower or the best dodger, but McNabb would be one of the better all-around players. And the team could bring back his mother, Wilma, for a new and improved Campbell's Chunky Soup commercial.

Cam Newton

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The 2015 NFL MVP is a competitor and would put his body on the line for this team. His throws over the top would be difficult to dodge and his celebrations would be incredible.

Odell Beckham Jr.

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Beckham played some quarterback in high school, but more importantly, his ability to avoid tackles should convert to dodging throws. Who would actually challenge Beckham by trying to peg him even within reach of a one-handed catch?

AFC: John Elway

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Elway is in the NFL career top ten for both passing and rushing yards (Tarkenton is too). To be a dodgeball star, he'll need to stick to that dual-threat mentality and steer away from the pro-style offense he's built in the Broncos' front office.

Antwaan Randle El

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Randle El was mostly a receiver but also returned kicks and threw the ball on trick plays, including a 43-yard touchdown to Hines Ward to help the Steelers ice the win in Super Bowl XL against Seattle. He finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting as a quarterback at Indiana. Warming that arm back up could make Randle El a stud dodgeball player.

Steve McNair

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"Air McNair" led the high-powered late 1990s/early 2000s Titans offense by mixing the passing and the rushing game. Out of high school, he was selected as a shortstop in the 35th round of the 1991 MLB Draft by the Mariners. He had the standard tools for an NFL-dodgeball star.

Julian Edelman

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Another quarterback-turned-wide receiver, Edelman started at QB for three years at Kent State, also leading the team in rushing his senior year. Edelman evolved into one of the NFL's top receivers and the Patriots just kind of dangle his potential passing ability for trick plays.

Kordell Stewart

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Stewart, a college quarterback at Colorado, actually started his NFL career as a wide receiver with the Steelers from 1995-1996. In 1997, Pittsburgh made him the team's starting quarterback, a position he mostly held through 2002. Steeleres may think of Stewart as the bridge between Neil O'Donnell and Ben Roethlisberger, but for a time, he was one of the NFL's most dynamic players.

Doug Flutie

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Undersized for a quarterback at 5-10, Flutie was exiled to the CFL from age 27 to 34. But upon his return, Flutie proved he could be a bona fide dual-threat quarterback in the NFL. Size could be an dodgeball advantage for Flutie, who is a small target with a lively arm.

Jim Zorn

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Long before his poor coaching stint with the Redskins, Zorn was the main draw at Seattle's Kingdome in late 1970s/early 1980s. The quarterback rushed for more than 200 yards in four seasons with the Seahawks (then part of the AFC).

Bo Jackson

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Maybe the greatest athlete in world history, Jackson has little experience throwing or catching in the NFL, but it would be a sin for us not to believe he could adjust. Besides, he was an All-Star outfielder too. Opponents would have all kinds of trouble pegging Jackson.

Tom Brady

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Maybe the slowest player in this game, it's hard to leave Brady out because of his line drive throws. Brady's power and accuracy make him a similar player to Favre. Remember, Brady was selected as a catcher in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB Draft by the Montreal Expos. Peyton Manning is specifically left off this list because although his numbers may compare to Favre and Brady, he threw much more of a looping ball.

Terrelle Pryor

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Pryor is the newest quarterback-turned-wide receiver star. A former Big Ten Freshman of the Year at Ohio State, Pryor played 15 games at quarterback for the Raiders from 2011-2013. After bouncing around three organizations from 2014-15, Pryor joined the Browns and played in three games at wide receiver in 2015. In 2016, he broke out for a 77-catch, 1,007-yard receiving season for 1-15 Cleveland. Pryor makes the squad even if Pacman Jones thinks Pryor is garbage.

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