There Will Be No Pro Bowl This Year

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Rhetorical question –

When’s the last time you cared about the Pro Bowl? It’s probably “been awhile,” as the great Aaron Lewis from Staind once sang.

Some folks think the NFL should just axe the game entirely, and in a COVID-19 world, we’re not playing it this year.

From the league website:

The NFL will continue to recognize the players’ outstanding seasons and welcome fans to demonstrate their passion for their favorite players when voting for the 2021 Pro Bowl Roster begins on November 17th. The full Pro Bowl rosters will be revealed in December, where the players are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts as one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who are selected to the Pro Bowl roster.

Additionally, the league will work closely with the NFLPA and other partners, to create a variety of engaging activities to replace the Pro Bowl game this season. This virtual recognition of the season’s finest players will provide fans the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of their favorite stars.

What “engaging activities” will we see?

A punt, pass, and kick competition, featuring Andy Reid? Who can throw the most passes directly into the ground, featuring Donovan McNabb? Should we play “name that sports radio caller” and ask the players to try to identify Butch from Manayunk and Eagles Shirley, based on voice alone?

The possibilities are endless.

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