NASCAR Star Bubba Wallace Joins Star-Studded Line-Up for the Virtual NFL Pro Bowl Edition

Published 01/29/2021, 1:15 PM EST
FONTANA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 29: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Victory Junction Chevrolet, stands by his car before qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)


Earlier, the NFL Pro Bowl game got canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the game will happen again, but this time, it will switch to the virtual arena, courtesy of Madden NFL. Aside from the NFL stars, there will be plenty of well-known figures in sport and in entertainment. For this game, NASCAR Cup driver Bubba Wallace one of the participants.

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So, instead of the Pro Bowl, Verizon presents the Pro Bowl: The Madden NFL 21 Edition. It is worth mentioning that the game will air on NFL’s social media channels, which includes the EA Madden NFL Twitch account. However, Bubba Wallace is not the only non-NFL representative. Apparently, rapper and musician Snoop Dogg is also one of the participants in the game.

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The hosts of this virtual event are Michael Strahan and Charissa Thompson. The way the competition works is that there are two teams with four players on each side. One team represents the AFC and the other represents the NFC. Additionally, each player on the squad plays one quarter of a Madden NFL 21 video game.

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The AFC team consists of Houston Texans’ Deshaun Watson, Tennessee Titans’ Derrick Henry, former player Keyshawn Johnson, and Snoop Dogg. Meanwhile, Bubba Wallace is in the NFC squad with Arizona Cardinals’ Kyler Murray, Seattle Seahawks’ Jamal Adams, and former player Marshawn Lynch.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JULY 05: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet, stands by his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 5, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The African-American driver is expected to make his maiden start in the fledgling 23XI Racing team. The outfit is the brainchild of Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin and NBA legend Michael Jordan.

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With every operation running smoothly, the team and Bubba Wallace will run their first race at the Daytona 500 on February 14. Without a doubt, Wallace will be keen to hit the ground running and deliver the best results possible for the new team.

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