Jul 14, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; National League infielder Todd Frazier (21) of the Cincinnati Reds at bat in the first round during the 2014 Home Run Derby the day before the MLB All Star Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Should the NFL Update Their Pro Bowl?


January 24, 2014; Ko

With Major League Baseball’s (MLB) All Star Game coming up tonight, I’ve been thinking a lot about the NFL and its Pro Bowl. The Pro Bowl continues to get poor ratings as no NFL fan can take the game seriously. Players don’t want to get hurt so they do not tackle, or attempt to break tackles the same way that they do in NFL games that count. For some time now, many people throughout the NFL are questioning whether or not it is necessary to have the Pro Bowl. The fans do not enjoy it very much any more, and the NFL is spending lots of money on it. The only people left that seem to enjoy it is the players. I have been thinking for some time now of some kind of solution that gives the players the respect that they deserve and is enjoyable for the fans to watch, and I believe that I have an idea.

The MLB has the All Star Game, but they also have the Home Run Derby. The NHL has their All Star Game, but they have a Skills Competition. The NFL’s Pro Bowl is different from the NHL and MLB’s All Star Games because the All Star Games have more realistic and whole hearted gameplay. Therefore I think that the NFL should switch from their inadequate game and use a skills competition.

The skills competition would give the players the kind of respect and fun they love getting in the Pro Bowl, along with more titles to be won and shared with their teams and cities. Quarterbacks would have competitions such as Throwing Accuracy, Speed, and Distance. Running Backs, Wide Receivers and Tight Ends would have competitions like Agility, Speed, Strength, Power. These competitions would bring excitement back to the Pro Bowl. The Home Run Derby had gained quite a following, and the NFL can earn one back through a changeup.

What do you think? Do you like the Pro Bowl how it is? Would you like to see a skills competition? Do you have any other suggestions? Please leave comments and thoughts in the section below.

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  • John Down

    The Pro Bowl is, as you said in so many words, a “joke.” To replace it with a skills competition leaves out all the “non-skill” position players like linebackers, guards and tackles, D linemen, etc. So, no, I do not agree with your initial idea. Same for the NHL. No one hits, everyone scores, it’s a waste of air time. Keep up the thought process, though, for the Pro Bowl.