The NFL Pro Bowl has been considered nothing more than a formality for the best players in the league over the past few years with interest in the NFL’s all-star game becoming less and less amongst the fans. Not only have the fans lost interest in the game, but the players themselves have lost interest as well with many big-names starting to decline the invitation to Honolulu, Hawaii as a result.
One big-name player that was very vocal about the less than stellar play in the Pro Bowl recently was NFL MVP candidate Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos.
Manning punched his ticket to the Pro Bowl for 12th time this season and had some words to say about the level of play in this game over the past few years via Jeff Darlington of NFL.com:
“The past two years, the play in this game has been unacceptable,” Manning said. “If it was a walkthrough, your coach would say it was a bad walkthrough. And that’s why (the league) could try to cancel this game.”
Manning was clearly having fun with the crowd filled with 30 first-time Pro Bowlers on Tuesday night, but also let it be known that this game should be a taken seriously. It’s an honor to be name amongst the best players in the league and as a result of receiving that honor, the players should pay tribute by playing up to the best of their abilities once on the field in Honolulu.
With the risk for injury in a meaningless game as high as it would be during the regular season, most of the players take plays off and never truly play at the level they’re capable of. This will likely never change and as a result, the league may ultimately get rid of the game altogether with plenty of talk of that happening over the last two years or so.