Ex-CCU star Mike Tolbert scores game winner in Pro Bowl
Mon, 27 Jan 2014 04:21:04 GMT —
Former Coastal Carolina football star Mike Tolbert of the Carolina Panthers scored on a 2-point conversion with less than one minute to play to give Team Jerry Rice a 22-21 win over Team Deion Sanders in the Pro Bowl.
Trailing 21-14 in the fourth quarter, Alex Smith threw a 20-yard TD pass to DeMarco Murray to pull Team Rice within one point of the lead. That set up Tolbert's winning conversion run with just :41 left in regulation.
In an NBC interview after the game, Tolbert said former San Diego teammate Philip Rivers, who also played on Team Rice, was the reason his number was called, "Philip told me, he was like, if we go for two, I'm going to tell them to give you the ball. I'm like Philip, you used to do that at San Diego, this is a long time from then. But when he said it I said OK, it's money time, let's get in the box."
Tolbert's conversion was a run worth $1.215 million more for winning the Pro Bowl. Team Rice players each got a check for $53,000. The losing players settled for $26,000.
Tolbert was an undrafted free agent in 2008 by the San Diego Chargers out of Coastal Carolina. In his first trip to the Pro Bowl, he had three carries for 14 yards, and also made one tackle.
Meanwhile, former Lamar High and South Carolina Gamecocks star John Abraham of the Arizona Cardinals made one tackle for Team Rice.
The Pro Bowl teams this year were picked in a draft format by NFL legends Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders.