The Kansas City Chiefs will see five of their guys represent them at the Pro Bowl this weekend in Orlando. The bigger question out there, however, is who really cares about the Pro Bowl anymore?
The Pro Bowl has become a joke and it’s time for it to no longer be a thing that exists.
First of all, nobody wants to play in the Pro Bowl anymore and can you really blame them? Why would players want to risk getting injured in a meaningless game? At least with baseball, home field advantage used to be determined from the winner of the All-Star Game so there was incentive for the players to show up and compete.
The Pro Bowl has basically become a big game of touch football. They might as well put flags on the players and have them play a riveting game of flag football on national television.
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The biggest way to know that the Pro Bowl has become a joke is to look at the rosters for this year’s AFC vs NFC match-up. Alex Smith is the number one quarterback for Team AFC, which makes absolutely no sense. Smith only threw 15 touchdowns in 2016 and had his worst season as a Chief.
Another AFC quarterback is Andy Dalton, who had a down year by his standards. These are not “Pro Bowl quarterbacks” and the Pro Bowl has become something that players laugh about being voted to, rather than being honored.
When was the last time you saw Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers participate in the Pro Bowl? When was the last time that someone other than a rookie or a special teams player seemed excited to partake in the Pro Bowl?
The truth is that the Pro Bowl has become a useless honor in the NFL. They’ve tried spicing it up with other events this year such as dodge ball, which we learned Alex Smith is horrible at, but the Pro Bowl is still going to be a lackluster event that only the biggest football fans will pay attention to.
My suggestion? The NFL should still have voting for the Pro Bowl and name players to it, but not play the game. It’s gotten to the point where half of the original players voted in bow out and then you see guys like Alex Smith in there instead.
This isn’t a post intended to knock Alex Smith, but come on. The guy threw 15 touchdowns and was not anywhere close to being a Pro Bowl quarterback in 2016.
Kansas City Chiefs fans used to somewhat enjoy watching the Pro Bowl because it forced the nation to discuss their players. Now with the Chiefs being contenders, that’s not really an issue.
Time for the Pro Bowl to go away.
What do you think? Should the Pro Bowl be discontinued or do you want it to stick around?