Playing a pointless game in the driving rain in Orlando is probably not what most NFL players consider a reward. Given the physical nature of the high contact contest, football simply does not translate for an all star game like other major sports. In order to prevent injury, the intensity of play becomes diluted to a point that fans are given a less-than-stellar product.
As opposed to college senior bowls that give players an opportunity to display their skills and improve their draft stock, the Pro Bowl is an honor but not a platform for players to market themselves. Rather than having players go through the motions to fill the void between championship Sunday and the Super Bowl, the format for recognizing the season’s best players should change.
The league has continued to tinker with Pro Bowl and tried to add draws like legend captains, clearly illustrating that ratings leave much to be desired. Keep non-contact skills challenges if you must make a weekend out of it.
The Ravens Pro Bowl selections, Eric Weddle, Terrell Suggs and C.J. Mosley, could still be acknowledged without having to compete in a charade of a game. In order to differentiate between the All-Pro team, keep the fan vote involved. Some viewers may be desperate to get their football fix, but the Pro Bowl is more background noise than gripping entertainment.