MANKATO, Minn. -- Jared Allen has always appreciated the honor of being selected to the Pro Bowl and spending the week with his peers in Hawaii.
The Minnesota Vikings' five-time Pro Bowl defensive end said one of his best NFL memories was his first Pro Bowl in 2007 and last year he waited out surgery on his left shoulder and right knee to appear in the game. As one of the perennial Pro Bowlers in the league, Allen is against the changes to the game that the league announced this week.
"I'm disappointed that it's come to this and that we're always trying to find some way to create new ratings or create a new fan experience," Allen said Friday. "At some point it's got to be about the players. This is our honor and they should at least talk to us before they make this change."
The league made several radical changes to the Pro Bowl which will take place starting at the end of this season. Changes include the elimination of kickoffs and the elimination of the return spot in lieu of a...