By: Alex Kamel
The Pro Bowl is here once again. The NFL’s best come together to play in one game and we are all faced with the same question once again:
Why should we even watch it?
The Pro Bowl has been under tremendous scrutiny about the lack of effort in play. Roger Goddell has even thought about cutting the Pro Bowl altogether. Ever since the rumors came up about the NFL wanting to cut the Pro Bowl, the players have been putting in maximum effort and playing to win.
Recent Competitive Play
The last 4 games have been 22-21 (Team Rice, 2013), 32-28 (Team Irvin, 2014), 49-27 (Team Irvin, 2015), and 20-13 (AFC, 2016). Those are low scoring, competitive games for the Pro Bowl if you ask me. Also, if you look at the Pro Bowl last year, you could tell how badly players wanted the win. Captain Kirk threw a pick to ultimately seal a win for the AFC, but ask Aqib Talib was running to the end zone about to score, Kirk Cousins comes flying down the field and strips him. The AFC ended up recovering the fumble but it was one of the greatest effort plays I’ve ever seen… FROM A QUARTERBACK… IN THE PRO BOWL. Kirk was willing to risk it all for the football on the play and I absolutely love it.
The play calling is very creative. From flea flickers to triple reverses the Pro Bowl has a crazy amount of insane play calls. The best part about it is, the NFL mics up all the quarterbacks so you can hear them calling plays in the huddle, live. You will know where the play is going before the ball is even snapped. This is great way to experience what it is like to be a quarterback in the NFL and to actually understand why they might call an audible or adjust the play in a real game situation.
So, unless you have HUGE plans on Sunday afternoon at 3PM ET try to give the Pro Bowl a chance.
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