4 Pros and Cons of the NFL Pro Bowl
After such a grueling season on the gridiron, the NFL pays tribute to its best players by selecting them to the coveted Pro Bowl, professional football’s version of the all-star game. Throughout history, it has had various names — it was first known as the “Pro All-Star Game” in 1939. Although it was set up differently for a few decades, the contest eventually evolved into a match between the top stars in the American Football Conference (or, AFC) and the National Football Conference (or, NFC) in 1971, a format that had lasted for 42 years.
But this year, the league decided to try something new and change up the rosters. The players were placed in a fantasy-style draft pool, allowing alumni captains (and hall of famers) Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders to pick their team members. Much like other all-star games, the Pro Bowl broadcast does not get good ratings compared to the regular season.
However, the audience is still so big that it pulls in more than enough viewers to beat its TV competitors. The NFL continues to keep the tradition going, and it keeps the fans happy. Nevertheless, there are some pros and cons to having the Pro Bowl as a yearly sports event. Here are just a few.
Pro: It’s an honor for the players
Coaches, fans, and even the athletes themselves all have a say about who is chosen for the Pro Bowl. Each of the group’s ballots makes up one third of the total votes. So, being picked to take part in the game is surely revered in the football world. Also, the elite athletes who receive the honor numerous times have a good chance of being a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Players like tight end Tony Gonzalez and cornerback Champ Bailey are sure to be good future examples.