HONOLULU (AP) — Pro Bowlers practicing one last time Saturday before the schoolyard pickup all-star game dropped hints they'll use some trickery to get an edge on Sunday.
On one play, Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack streaked into the end zone at Aloha Stadium, not fast enough to catch a pass targeted his way.
Indianapolis long-snapper Matt Overton later busted out a behind-the-back snap — a spiraling line drive caught by St. Louis punter Johnny Hekker about 10 yards away, where a slot receiver might line up.
Mack says the potential catch wasn't meant for him. He describes it as a "last case scenario" for the team picked by NFL great Deion Sanders.
"It's super top-secret — I can't talk about it," Mack said.
Jerry Rice's team later finished practice by huddling up and shouting "Get money," a reference to the five-figure pay bonus winners get in the game.
"The worst pressure I'm getting is from the other team: 'Hey, let's take it easy on each other,'" Miami defensive end Cameron Wake told fans. "But they got another thing coming."
Ray Anderson, the NFL's outgoing executive vice president of football operations, said he hopes that up-tempo practices, talk and encouragement from Sanders, Rice and coaches will lead to a better game Sunday.
"Certainly there's some competitive talking going back and forth," he said.