Big changes to Pro Bowl
NEW YORK - Would Aaron Rodgers be the the choice to quarterback Jerry Rice's all-star team at the 2014 Pro Bowl? Would Deion Sanders choose Clay Matthews to sack him?
We could find out this year after the NFL announced major changes to the Pro Bowl, according to ESPN's adam Schefter.
NFL eliminated traditional AFC-NFC Pro Bowl matchup; will be replaced with Pro-Bowl fantasy-like draft, per ESPN sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 31, 2013
Now players will be assigned to teams through the Pro Bowl Draft (really). Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will be draft captains.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 31, 2013
But those aren't the only other changes coming. One includes something the NFL has been hinting about for a while - eliminating kickoffs, a move which may be an experiment meant to lessen the possibility of concussions.
No more kickoffs in Pro Bowl. Rosters will consist of 43 players per squad. Game will be played Jan 26 in Honolulu.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 31, 2013
Others include an additional two-minute warning in the first and third quarters, so more chances for high scoring at the end of quarters.
Hopefully the Packers won't have to worry about these changes. The team that plays in the Super Bowl doesn't send players to the Pro Bowl.