The NFL is overhauling the Pro Bowl eliminating the AFC-NFC format in favor of captains picking 43 players per team regardless of conference.
In addition kickoffs will be eliminated from the game as a safety measure one of several changes to the game. A coin toss will determine which squad gets the game's opening possession. The ball will be placed at the 25-yard line at the start of the game and after scoring plays. Since there will be no kickoffs the kick-return specialist Pro Bowl roster spot will be replaced with an additional defensive back spot.
Voting for the game also will be changed as conference affiliation no longer will be considered in determining the All-Star selections. The two leading vote-getters will be named captains and will be assisted by Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders and two NFL.com fantasy football champions in picking the two teams.
Among other changes:
• A two-minute warning will be added to the first and third quarters in addition to t...