San Francisco has sent many players to the NFL's all-star game over the years. In advance of this year's event, we look back.
Joe Staley and Antoine Bethea will suit up for the same squad in the Pro Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium after Team Carter chose both San Francisco 49ers representatives in the game's fantasy draft on Wednesday.
Headed by Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter, Team Carter selected Staley with the 13th overall pick, ahead of other stars like Von Miller of the Denver Broncos, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Robert Quinn of the St. Louis Rams.
Staley, a four-time Pro Bowler, was the seccond offensive lineman off of the board, behind Tyron Smith of the Dallas Cowboys. The veteran 49er will block for Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, the number one overall pick, and Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
Bethea, who was chosen on Monday to replace Kam Chancellor of the Seattle Seahawks, was picked 43rd overall. Among the pass-catchers the three-time Pro Bowl safety will contend with will be Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants, Jimmy Graham of the Saints and Golden Tate of the Detroit Lions.
Bethea signed with the 49ers last offseason, coming over from the Colts on a reported four-year deal worth $21 million. He finished his first year in San Francisco with 86 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and four interceptions.
Mike Iupati, a pending free agent, was initially named to the Pro Bowl roster but will not play due to injury.
Team Carter plays Team Irvin, led by Hall of Fame wideout Michael Irvin, on Sunday in Arizona at 5 p.m. PT.