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New Orleans Saints star picked as Pro Bowl captain

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The New Orleans Saints may be out of the play-offs but quarterback Drew Brees at least has something to smile about in the post-season.

The Saints went down at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks in their divisional round showdown last weekend, ending their hopes of making Superbowl.

However while the majority of the Saints line-up can sit back and relax for the remainder of the post-season, Brees will have to gear up for one more game after he was announced as the captain of a team for the Pro Bowl.

He will work alongside St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn as his fellow draft selector, and the pair will go up against  Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

The Pro Bowl format has been rejigged for this year in order to attract more interest, and a host of experts have been bought in to oversee the draft process.

One of the most interesting aspects of the game is that team-mates could become enemies, and it is a real possibility that Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan could go head to head with Brees.

“These conflicts of interest,” joked Saints head coach Sean Payton when asked about his two players going up against each other.

“We had a chance to coach in that game (after the 2006 season), and I think shortly there into it our quarterback got hurt (a dislocated elbow).

He added: "Look, it's a great honor for us to send players to that game. Obviously the format is changing, which creates some interesting scenarios. I think it's a great time for them but just as important -- and I think they'd tell you this -- they have a chance to bring their coaches from high school, their family, and really celebrate the type of season they had.

"I think it's one of the great things about that game that this league does. There are a lot of people behind the scenes: aunts, uncles, moms, dads that have a huge interest in a player's success. Often times, having been there once, you get to see those other people really enjoy it with them.

“All of them staying healthy would be your first goal, but you're excited for them.”

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