It's one of the most highly-anticipated sporting events of the year, and this year, St. Louis is going to be well represented.

Five puppies from Stray Rescue will be playing in the Animal Planet's annual Puppy Bowl!

Three of the puppies-- Stretch Armstrong, Beebop and Wesley, will be in the starting lineup. Radcliffe and Beatrix will make their appearances later in the game.

Photos: Local puppies competing in Puppy Bowl

From burned-out basement to Puppy Bowl stardom, Wesley has quite the story to tell. He's one of four puppies that were rescued in the metro east from a burned-out, collapsed house. You can read more about Wesley's rescue story on the Stray Rescue website.

The game will air February 5 on Animal Planet. Watch party information will be available soon.