Days of our Lives Alison Sweeney out of the pocket!

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Alison Sweeney (Sami, Days of our Lives)If you're wondering why Alison Sweeney (Sami, Days of our Lives) was not at the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards this past Saturday, it's because she wanted to play some football! Say what? Yup!

She wasn't alone. Former NBC soap star, Jesse Metcalf (Miguel, Passions and now heating up TNT as Christopher Ewing on the new Dallas) also tossed the pigskin around this past weekend. 

This past Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23, any more celebrities and former NFL greats flocked to Chicago for the annual Madden NFL 13 Pigskin Pro-Am. The events included a kick-off party on Friday evening and the actual game on Saturday afternoon. Celebrity and former NFL participants include:


Alison Sweeney (Actor, Samantha Brady Hernandez on NBC's Days of our Lives)

Jesse Metcalfe (Actor, Christopher Ewing on TNT's Dallas, John Rowland on ABC's Desperate Housewives)

Jesse Williams (Actor, Dr Jackson Avery on ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Holden McCrea in The Cabin in the Woods)

Josh Henderson (Actor, John Ross Ewing on TNT's Dallas, Austin McCann on ABC's Desperate Housewives)

Jesse Metcalf (ex Miguel, Passions; Chris, Dallas)Kym Johnson (Ballroom Dancer, ABC's Dancing with the Stars)

Ne-Yo (Singer-Songwriter, Producer, Actor)

Nick Jonas (Musician, Jonas Brothers)

Terry Crews (Actor, Nick Kingston-Persons on TBS' Are We There Yet?)

Vivica A. Fox ( Actor, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Independence Day)

Former NFL Legends

Barry Sanders (Pro Football Hall of Fame – 2004 Class; 10X Pro Bowl Selection)

Brett Favre (Super Bowl XXXI Champion, 11X Pro Bowl Selection, 3X AP NFL MVP, 5X NFC Player of the Year)

Chris Carter (8X Pro Bowl Selection, NFL Alumni Wide Receiver of the Year – 2000)

Deion Sanders (Pro Football Hall of Fame – 2011 Class; 2X Super Bowl Champion; NFL Network Analyst)

Donovan McNabb (6X Pro Bowl Selection, NFC Offensive Player of the Year, NFC Player of the Year – 2004)

Jerry Rice (Pro Football Hall of Fame – 2010 Class; 3X Super Bowl Champion; 13X Pro Bowl Selection)

John Randle (Pro Football Hall of Fame – 2010 Class; 7X Pro Bowl Selection)

Michael Strahan (Super Bowl XLII Champion; 7X Pro Bowl Selection)