January 27, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; NFC tight end Kyle Rudolph of the Minnesota Vikings (82) catches a touchdown pass defended by AFC outside linebacker Justin Houston of the Kansas City Chiefs (50, left) in the second quarter during the 2013 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Over the past couple of years the Pro Bowl has received tons of scrutiny for being a “boring” game, where the athletes participating in it don’t exactly try their hardest. Many fans throughout the country have called for the Pro Bowl to be suspended. While that hasn’t happened yet, it could still be a possibility within the next few years.
This year seemed to be no different. Prior to the game, Texans All-Pro running back Arian Foster came out and said that he will not be giving a 100% effort. Foster, who played for the AFC team, must have told his teammates not to try as well, as the NFC rolled over the AFC, 62-35. This years game proved to be like all the others. While there were some nice plays, such as Vincent Jackson’s 36 yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees, or Eli Manning’s beautiful fade pass to Kyle Rudolph in the back of the end zone for the touchdown, there were some silly moments. For example, the AFC was threatening and they decided to lineup J.J Watt as a wide receiver. Peyton Manning threw him the ball and as expected he didn’t catch it. However, this years Pro Bowl wasn’t all too bad. If you’re a Colts fan, you got to see Jeff Saturday snap the ball to Peyton one last time. Saturday, who played for the NFC as a member of the Green Bay Packers, was loaned over to the AFC for one play in order for him to reunite with his former signal caller for one more snap. For me, that was the only true memory of this years Pro Bowl.
Kyle Rudolph, of the NFC (Minnesota Vikings) was awarded the MVP after his five catch, 122 yards and one touchdown performance. With another disappointing Pro Bowl in the books, you’d have to wonder if the NFL will keep this tradition going. My guess is it will stay for at least a few more years. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell already came out saying that he watched the game and noticed a drastic improvement in the quality of play. Although I disagree, I hope something is done about this situation. It is important to reward the NFL players for their hard work and dedication that they put into the season; however, I’m just not sure the Pro Bowl is the correct way anymore. I myself don’t enjoy watching the Pro Bowl anymore, I just watch it because it’s football.
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