DeMarcus Ware, Ray Lewis join 2023 Pro Bowl Games coaching staffs
It was announced last week that Eli and Peyton Manning would be the head coaches for the NFC and AFC, respectively, for the 2023 Pro Bowl Games.
Now the Manning brothers know the rest of their coaching staffs.
Super Bowl champion and nine-time Pro Bowler DeMarcus Ware will join Eli's staff as the defensive coordinator for the NFC, while U.S. Women's National Flag Football team quarterback Vanita Krouch will serve as the offensive coordinator.
Ware played nine seasons for the Dallas Cowboys before finishing up his career with three seasons on the Denver Broncos. Coincidentally, Ware faced off against Eli and the Giants 19 times throughout his 12-year career and racked up 14.5 sacks. The only team Ware had more sacks against was the Philadelphia Eagles (18 sacks in 18 games).
Pro Football Hall of Famer, 12-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion Ray Lewis will be the defensive coordinator for Peyton and the AFC, as Mexico Women's National Flag Football team quarterback Diana Flores will run the offense.
The four NFL Legends, who were collectively selected to 39 Pro Bowls, along with the two international Flag football stars, will make critical coaching decisions in The Pro Bowl Games, which features the first-ever AFC vs. NFC Flag football games on Sunday and exciting Pro Bowl Skills competitions throughout the week.
"Bringing together an extraordinary coaching staff that combines NFL Legends who have years of Pro Bowl experience with Flag football champions who are the best in the world will ensure this first-ever Pro Bowl Games is incredibly exciting, competitive and entertaining", said Peter O'Reily, Executive Vice President of Club Business and League Events. "What's particularly special about this year is the elevation of Flag football, not only through the best players in the NFL playing in our AFC vs. NFC Flag games on Sunday, but now through the appointment of Vanita Krouch and Diana Flores as our offensive coordinators. Having these elite Women's Flag football players from the U.S. and Mexico as counterparts to Peyton and Eli Manning, Ray Lewis, and Demarcus Ware underscores the global growth of Flag football among women and men."
The 2023 Pro Bowl Games will be a week-long series of AFC vs NFC competitions.
Sunday's culminating event at The Pro Bowl Games will feature three 7-on-7 AFC vs NFC Flag games. Each game will be 20 minutes in length (two halves) and played on a 50-yard field with 10-yard end zones.
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