Pro Bowlers put on show for service members[MIGRATE]

By Lance Cpl. Ethan Hoaldridge | February 10, 2006


(Photo by Lance Cpl. Ethan Hoaldridge)

(Photo by Lance Cpl. Ethan Hoaldridge)

The National Football League’s season is over. The Steelers took it all, but there’s one last stop for the league’s MVP’s and legends.

NFL stars of past and present participated in the ESPN Pro Bowl Skills Challenge, part of the ProBowl weekend, and put on a show for service members in Hawaii at the J.W. Marriot Ihilani Resort and Spa, Feb. 10.

The players were happy to participate in the event for the service members.

“We hope ya’ll enjoy yourselves, and we really appreciate the sacrifices you make for your country,” said Payton Manning, the Indiana Colts quarterback.

Marines from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit just arrived on island and were provided tickets to the event.

“It’s great to get off ship and be able to come enjoy something like this. The players are great and the cheerleaders are even better,” said Sgt. Joshua Norcross, an amphibious assault vehicle operator.

There were a number of events the players took part in during the skills challenge.
The former greats kicked it off with the Alumni Air-It-Out flag football game. Steve Young and Michael Irvin connected on several passes to stomp John Elway’s team.

Later, the stars of today’s NFL took the field to participate in events such as Innovative Kicks, Strongest Man, Best Hands, Open Field and Fastest Man.

Larry Allen, a Dallas Cowboys guard, bench pressed 225 pounds, 43 times to win the Strongest Man competition.

Jake Delhomme, Tory Holt, Chris Chambers, Payton Manning and Rod Smith were among some of the great players in the events.

Players took time to talk to the troops and sign autographs as well for them and the children.
The schedule of events for Pro-Bowl weekend can be found by visiting

The Pro-Bowl game is scheduled to be held 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12.