'Ringer' Bubba Wallace helps NFC to virtual Pro Bowl victory in Madden 21

Bubba Wallace traded his fire suit for a football jersey Sunday evening, helping the NFC roll to a 32-12 win in the virtual 2021 Pro Bowl.

Bubba Wallace probably didn’t have NFL Pro Bowler on his 2021 to-do list, but here we are.

Wallace traded his fire suit for a football jersey Sunday evening, helping the NFC roll to a 32-12 victory in the 2021 Pro Bowl, held virtually through Madden 21 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wallace, set for his first season with 23XI Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series this year, joined Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams and former NFL star Marshawn Lynch on the winning side. The participants rotated control of the players, and Murray — who helped call plays to get Wallace more involved — was named the game’s MVP. The AFC team was controlled by Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson, NFL analyst Keyshawn Johnson, Tennessee Titans rusher Derrick Henry and Snoop Dogg.

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Wallace had set low expectations for himself entering the game, but he was key to a first-half offensive outburst for the NFC, scoring three second-quarter touchdowns and reveling in the playful (we think) trash talk on the live stream. Snoop Dogg was among those crying foul for the AFC, claiming that Wallace and his teammates had undersold his actual Madden skill.

“Ya’ll got a ringer over there,” Snoop Dogg lamented. “Y’all didn’t tell us Bubba knew how to play.”

“I was just taking it all in and enjoying it and then hearing some of the stories and conversations, it was just, it was almost like, ‘Man, am I really sitting here talking to these guys,”” Wallace told ESPN. “I’m just a race car driver that has no business being in the room with these people but, hey, here we are, being here playing with Snoop Dogg, that was cool.”

Watch the entire broadcast of the virtual Pro Bowl here.