There were plenty of new touches to the final day of practice for Sunday’s Pro Bowl. For one, the venue changed — both teams practiced at Lockhart Stadium in North Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in front of a healthy crowd. Adding to the excitement were cheerleaders from across the NFL, including the Broncos’ Pro Bowl representative, Lindsey Dudley.
Even with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in attendance signing autographs and snapping pictures with fans, it was easily the most relaxed practice of the week — at one point, the Jacksonville Jaguars mascot tapped Champ Bailey on the shoulder and subbed into coverage on Chad Ochocinco. But mascots entered the practice at their own risk, as several ended up getting tackled by fun-loving players.
It was a walk-through practice, but that didn’t stop the PA announcer from hyping up the crowd throughout the session, assuring them that these were plays they would see again come Sunday. And fans were certainly excited to see the stars up close, as plenty brought helmets, jerseys and photos for autographs, constantly shouting players’ names throughout the session.
Tomorrow the teams take the field at Sun Life Stadium in Miami for the 2010 Pro Bowl. For now, check out more pictures from practice below.
In addition, Chris Hall of Broncos TV put together a mic’d up piece with Brian Dawkins, which you can watch here. Later this afternoon, we will post a story and video on Ryan Clady’s experience at the first Pro Bowl of his career.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com