Young stars making a statement at 2023 Pro Bowl Games

The Pro Bowl is an annual celebration of the NFL's finest players, most of them well-established veterans with many years of pro experience.

And then there is Sauce Gardner.

The New York Jets rookie cornerback stormed onto the scene this season,

 announcing his entry into the league with his dominant brand of coverage and elite playmaking ability.

And he's not alone. As the AFC and NFC teams gathered at Allegiant Stadium on Saturday for a walkthrough ahead of the Sunday conclusion of the Pro Bowl Games,

 it was impossible to ignore all the young blood. Fourteen players on this year's Pro Bowl squads have three or fewer years of NFL experience.

It's a vivid reminder that at a time when the last generation's icons are reaching retirement, the future of the game looks bright.

 Brady retired, and that's decades of greatness right there," second-year Dallas Cowboys edge rusher Micah Parsons said.

"J.J. Watt retired. Von Miller is still going but I don't know how many years we have left to enjoy him. I hope he plays forever.


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