Deion Sanders

Although he’s been retired from the NFL since 2005, legendary cornerback Deion Sanders says will “suit up” for the upcoming Pro Bowl.

In a tweet Monday (Jan. 13), the 46-year-old made the announcment while challenging fellow retiree Jerry Rice. “Ladies and Gentlemen I am officially announcing ‘I WILL SUIT UP IN HAWAII’ Please let @JerryRice know that a real captain leads by example,” tweeted Sanders (@DeionSanders).

Under a new format, both Sanders and Rice have been tapped to divvy up the Pro Bowl players into two rosters during a two-day draft before the Jan. 26 game in Honolulu.

With his tweet, Deion upped the ante, but Rice said he wasn’t afraid of the challenge. “Deion I would beat you down like the old days! We can suit up but it would be very painful for you,” he tweeted (@JerryRice).

Later, Sanders — an eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback — also tweeted at Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, who has worn No. 21 during his three-year career. “@RealPeterson21 u may have to wear another number in the pro bowl for #teamDeion because your Captain may play in the #Probowl! WHAT,” wrote Deion.