Jan 30, 2011; Honolulu, HI, USA; General view of the line of scrimmage as NFC center Zak DeOssie of New York Giants (51) during the 2011 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
When the annual NFL All-Star game kicks-off this Sunday, it may be for the final time. The NFL is reportedly contemplating on whether on not to continue to have an actual football game played, and are hoping to have a final decision on it’s future by the time it releases next season’s schedule in April.
Peter King is reporting the NFL will make this determination based largely on how much effort the players put into the game this year. Their effort has been lacking to say the least as the years have gone on. It really began to deteriorate after Drew Brees was injured in the 2007 Pro Bowl after he dislocated his left elbow on just his second series.
NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson also stated the NFL has considered other alternatives for the game, including skills competitions, seven-on-seven scrimmages or other various events.
The first official Pro Bowl was played in Los Angeles, California in 1951, and has since been moved to Aloha Stadium Honolulu, Hawaii, Sun-Life Stadium in Miami, Florida, and back to Honolulu.