Family atmosphere emerges during practice at team hotel

Raiders fullback Marcel Reece receives a lei for the first time as a Pro Bowler

A family atmosphere took over day three of practice for the 2013 Pro Bowl as practice shifted to the team hotel. Originally scheduled to return to Kapolei High School, today’s practice was moved to Hokulani Lawn at the J.W. Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa. The venue change allowed players and their families numerous photo opportunities throughout the morning.

Wearing jerseys for the first time, players donned leis as they posed with teammates and hula girls for official photos. Players then made a short walk to the practice field, stopping frequently for photos with family along the way.

Practicing under blue skies was a welcome change after yesterday’s heavy rain. Picking up

12-time Pro Bowler Peyton Manning pleased the viewers with a rare rushing attempt during practice Friday

the pace, New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie repeatedly stepped in front of receivers on their routes. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning delighted the small crowd of fans that had formed when he took off on a rare run to their side.

Also in a attendance was the Make-a-Wish Foundation. After practice players stopped by the foundation’s tent to take photos and sign autographs.

Tomorrow is ‘Ohana Day, the final practice before Sunday’s game. ‘Ohana Day serves as family day, allowing fans free admission into Aloha Stadium to watch both Pro Bowl teams go through their practice session.

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Author: Bryce Wellington

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