We’re not there to document it for you this year, but from all accounts Darrelle Revis and D’Brickashaw Ferguson, the Jets’ two Pro Bowl players this year, are enjoying themselves in Hawaii.
Revis and Brick (Nick Mangold stayed home with a hamstring pull) wrapped up their week of practices and fun in the sun Saturday and both will be starting for the AFC squad in tonight’s annual Pro Bowl, back at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu after a one-year hiatus.
That year was spent in South Florida last year, when Revis made his second trip to the all-star game and Brick stepped in for injured Dolphin Jake Long for his first Pro Bowl appearance.
Now there is just a touch of irony in that Ferguson will start at tackle next to guard Logan Mankins of New England while Revis split practice time with Patriots rookie Devin McCourty in the secondary. Jason Kaneshiro of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported this past week for ESPNBoston.com on the relaxed AFC East rivalry.
And Revis chatted with Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald about the “copycat NFL” that may be all over the way the Jets defended against Tom Brady and the Patriots offense in the AFC Divisional Round Game just two short weeks ago.
“We felt confident in what we wanted to do,” Revis told Guregian. “We just wanted to make those guys uncomfortable. If you look at the Indianapolis game before that, Peyton [Manning] wasn’t himself. He was a little jittery back there. That’s what our coverage did. Tom was confident, but we just got to him, and got sacks and made him turn over the ball.”
We have a couple of photos courtesy of The Associated Press that will accompany this blog, one showing Revis during a break in the action from Saturday’s practice at Kapolei High School on the southwestern side of Oahu. In the other, Ferguson is about to be presented with a lei on Friday at the sumptuous Ko Olina Resort, with Mankins and Colts DE Robert Mathis (98) in line behind Brick.
Tonight’s game will kick off around 7 p.m. EST on Fox, one week before the Steelers and Packers meet in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboy Stadium.
For the second consecutive year, the Pro Bowl will be played the week before the Super Bowl. The 2010 Pro Bowl on ESPN was watched by an average of 12.3 million viewers, the most for a Pro Bowl since 2000 (13.2 million) and a 40 percent increase from the 2009 game (8.8 million). The 12.3 million viewers also marked the largest viewership for an All-Star game in any sport on cable television.
For those who keep track of such things, tonight’s game is the 41st between the AFC and the NFC. The AFC evened the series at 20-20 with last year’s 41-34 triumph.
We’ll have a report for you on how Revis and Ferguson fared and other points of interest after the game.
Thank you to all our old and new Tweetahs (Dustin Keller term) who are now following us at twitter.com/nyjets. We just cleared 100,000 followers on Friday and are No. 1 in Twitter followers in the NFL. Quite a climb from the 74 followers we had when we started posting Jets news on the social networking site beginning with the 2009 veteran minicamp.
Tags: Aloha Stadium, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Darrelle Revis, Devin McCourty, Logan Mankins, New England Patriots, Pro Bowl
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