Originally written on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 11/9/14

This year's Pro Bowl will be the most influential all-star event in recent history. Virtually every pro series in the United States incorporates an all-star event into their schedule, but the NFL's is unique in that it comes at the end of the season. It's always been an afterthought, but if nothing changes this year, it's possible it'll be gone forever. The first thing to remember about the Pro Bowl is that it's not a normal football game, but it is still a game nonetheless. The Pro Bowl has seen ever declining levels of play over the past decade, and it's that drop in play that has led Roger Goodell to threaten to pull the game for good. That's what makes this season special. Peyton Manning will lead the AFC for what could be the final time, but that's not the way it could end. There's been a push by the players this year to up the level of play in an effort to save their yearly celebration of the NFL's best. Here's what has to happen to save the Pro Bowl. The players have to do their jobs; that is, the players have to play hard. This is still a football game, and it should be treated as such. The fans have to show support. There will be one football game this weekend, and it's a glorified exhibition. Still, we love football, and after the Super Bowl, it'll be a long time until we see it again. We might as well show our support and fill up on the all-star event. Players and coaches need to get vocal. If it's apparent that no one cares about the Pro Bowl, the simple solution is to retire the tradition. If players and coaches really care, they have to be vocal supporters of the game. The Pro Bowl is all about celebrating the season that was with a week long vacation of friendly competition. The Super Bowl, now the last game in the NFL season, has taken on that "celebrate the season" attitude, but that doesn't make the Pro Bowl irrelevant. The game is one of the NFL's great tradition. The field will be packed with this generation's best players, many of whom will be in the Hall of Fame in the future. Here's to hoping this weekend's Pro Bowl isn't the last NFL all-star game. [follow]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Redskins likely to pick up Robert Griffin III's option

Eagles trying to trade Marcus Smith for another duck?

Chris Paul-Blake Griffin no longer a fragile relationship

Marijuana reportedly found in Jon Jones' car after crash

Did Olynyk cost Celtics a chance at landing Love?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Adam Wainwright injury leaves innings void for Cardinals

Report: Cowboys not in running for Adrian Peterson

Kevin Love injury a powerful argument for playoff reform

Jon Jones wanted for questioning in hit and run

Pitcher throws perfect game with 23 strikeouts, still loses

Will LaMarcus Aldridge leave the Portland Trailblazers?

Wizards made Raptors look bad while remaking themselves

Previewing Game 7 showdown between Islanders and Capitals

WATCH: Rick Carlisle tapes mouth shut so he can't rip refs

NFL Draft 2015: Ranking the quarterbacks

Greg Hardy faces teammate, Cowboys locker room leak

Top 10 storylines for the 2015 NFL Draft

Paul Pierce burns Raptors fans with epic troll job

Yes, ESPN2 is airing video games

WATCH: Former NBA’er Darko Milicic is enjoying life

WATCH: Alex Gordon leaps into stands for incredible catch

WATCH: JR Smith ejected for hitting Jae Crowder in face

WATCH: Kevin Love leaves Game 4 with shoulder injury

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Worst picks ever by every NFL franchise

Report: Marijuana found in Jones' car

Report: Cowboys not in on Peterson

NFL Draft 2015: Ranking the QBs

Top 10 storylines for the 2015 NFL Draft

Paul Pierce trolls Raptors fans

Yes, ESPN2 is airing video games

Darko Milicic is enjoying life

Pitcher throws perfect game, still loses

Will Aldridge leave the Blazers?

Alex Gordon leaps into stands for catch

Dana White: No more WWE for Rousey

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.