Even though Jerry Rice is part of the new Pro Bowl selection committee, the Hall of Fame wide receiver feels that the Pro Bowl can’t be saved. Rice, who attended the Hall of Fame ceremony, spoke on his thoughts of the Pro Bowl.
Rice spoke with the USA Today Sports saying, “You’ve got prima donnas, egocentrics, who act like it’s not an honor. Plus, they’re thinking, ‘Why should I go and jeopardize what I’m doing?’ But it should be for the fans. How can you get the players to recognize that it’s an honor? You’ve got to play your best football in the Pro Bowl. So the spirit of this needs to be changed. I’m not sure that can be accomplished now. If they want a vacation, go to the Bahamas. Back in the day, it was an honor to play in the Pro Bowl.”
Along with Rice, Deion Sanders will be the other captain to help the two top vote getters to select the two Pro Bowl teams. “I don’t know if this will help the Pro Bowl survive,” Rice continued.
When the greatest receiver of all time calls out the Pro Bowl and feels that the game doesn’t matter you know the game is shaky at best. Even though the game does get a decent amount of viewers it is unwatchable.
Some NFL fans have suggested that the NFL should just do a skills competition. This is a great idea. One reason is that players can have fun and have a lower risk of injury. Players that get the highest amount of votes can participate in the skills competition and get the bonus money as they would during the Pro Bowl game. The winner of each skill position could get a trophy and prize money.
If this new Pro Bowl format with Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders is a bust, I am wondering how long the league wait to try something else. We will just have to wait to see what happens in Hawaii on January 26th which is the date of the game.