Cummings: Pro Bowl has run out of ideas

Alyssa BaileyJan 29, 2017

It was just about a month ago when it was announced that in his 15th National Football League season, Matt Bryant would finally get his chance to go to the Pro Bowl and he earned it this year: 30-37 on field goal opportunities, including a 59-yarder. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, for instance, insisted in December that he was fine playing through his finger injury, but when he was given a Pro Bowl invitation this week as an alternate, he declined because of his finger.

Rookie mistake? Nah, it's all about fun and games at the Pro Bowl, which amounts to little more than a paid vacation for the players. Many others have felt the same. "Everybody knows the theme parks but we have sporting activities, we have great golf, we have great fishing, we have the beaches nearby, and there aren't that many places where you can go to the beach in January". Second, they introduced a revamped Pro Bowl skills competition.

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Elliott seems like a good bet to take part in the relay event, based on his excellent track and field skills. However, Green declined to participate in the game to avoid aggravating his hamstring injury, which sidelined him in the last seven games of the 2016 season.

Of course, one year I remember watching quarterback Mike Boryla play in the Pro Bowl. Atkins was also among the first players out.

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When he learned that the winners of the game will get paid $64,000 each, double what players on the losing team will make, Evans said he'll be "going hard" come Sunday night.

So the Pro Bowl has gotten to the point in which I think the NFL's top players should just go to Hawaii, Orlando or wherever they go and hold a softball tournament. In addition, throughout the almost two-hour program, Ed Werder (Falcons) and Sal Paolantonio (Patriots) will report from Houston as the Super Bowl LI teams arrive this weekend.

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