Posted July 31, 2013

NFL to replace AFC-NFC matchup in Pro Bowl with draft; Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders captains

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The Pro Bowl will see a number of changes next year including the elimination of AFC-NFC matchups in favor of a draft. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

The Pro Bowl will see a number of changes next year including the elimination of AFC-NFC matchups in favor of a draft. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

A number of changes are coming to next year’s NFL Pro-Bowl.

According to tweets Wednesday afternoon from ESPNs Adam Schefter, the traditional AFC-NFC matchup will be eliminated and in its place will be a “fantasy-like” draft led by Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders, the latter of whom will have his own reality show launch on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network in 2014.

Among the other changes to the game will be the elimination of kickoffs, and rosters will consist of 43 players per squad. The game will be played Jan. 26 in Honolulu.

The make-up of rosters for an NFL all-star exhibition has changed once before. The early NFL All-Star Games of 1939-42 featured an all-star team made up of all the best players of the league competing against the league champions of that year. After the game was halted during World War II, the modern concept of the Pro Bowl with two all-star teams squaring off debuted in 1951.

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5 comments
NilsPearson
NilsPearson

Why even have the game.  Just pick the all-stars and have them announce the  top plays of the year on the Letterman show

Dave C
Dave C

Who cares, really?   Its just a vacation and not a real game.  A made up event like Valentine's Day.

mannyfagut
mannyfagut

let's also remove pitching from the MLB ASG.  Just use machines.  or batting practice pitchers.  In fact, just replace the ASG with one long home run derby

lstmnstndng77
lstmnstndng77

Forget the game. Do a punt, pass and kick competition. Some fastest man relays. Let them show off their talent. The game is, and always will be, unwatchable.

Dave C
Dave C

@mannyfagut At least the MLB ASG has defense.  The HR derby is a joke too.  Just something for ESPN to hype endlessly and for the home team to rip off its fans.