By Danny Cox
It was to be expected with the way things had gotten over the past couple years, but no one knew for sure if it would really happen. Well, on the evening of Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that the Pro Bowl may soon be no more.
During an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio’s “Town Hall” show on Monday, Goodell was speaking with host Michael Strahan about the Pro Bowl. The two actually agreed that the game from this past January simply “was embarrassing.”
Many believe that a majority of the players weren’t trying in the least bit. It obviously showed.
“If we cannot accomplish that kind of standard (of high play), I am inclined to not play it,” Goodell said. “It is really tough to force competition, and after a long season, to ask those guys to go out and play at the same level they played is really tough.”
Strangely enough, Goodell said that Pro Bowl teams for both the AFC and NFC would still be chosen if the game is done away with. There would be voting by players, coaches and fans in order to select the players that would deserve the honor of being chosen to the Pro Bowl.
Goodell did continue on to say that they would “just not play the game.”
There was a lot of talk of the Pro Bowl not being played after the current season due to the lackluster effort shown in last season’s game. Players spoke up to keep it in place and even promised to upgrade their efforts and play at a much higher level in the game.
The 2013 Pro Bowl is scheduled to be played in January, one week before the Super Bowl.
It is usually a high-scoring affair as was shown by the 59-41 victory by the AFC in the last game. Still, the quality of play, lack of big hits, and just overall lackadaisical performance by most players had the NFL brass believing that it just wasn’t worth the time or effort to put it together.
The Pro Bowl used to be a huge symbol of importance in the NFL, and it actually meant something to all those that were voted into it. Being a member of a Pro Bowl squad meant that your peers, coaches, and fans thought you were the best at your position and in your abilities.
Now, it is looked at as a trip to Hawaii and a chance to clown around with members of the opposite teams in the league. Actually, a number of players that are voted into the game don’t even accept the chance to head out and play because they don’t want to risk injury or simply don’t want to do it.
Football fans love the sport and don’t necessarily care who is playing, as long as there is more football to watch. The Pro Bowl gives fans a seldom chance to see their favorite players from all around the NFL come together and play as one solid team. It isn’t often that you get to see your home team quarterback throwing to the star wide receiver of your rival team.
If the Pro Bowl is indeed taken away, those dream NFL connections will be forever lost.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.