I don't know about you, but the release of the 2014 Pro Bowl rosters at 9pm this past Friday night came and went as they always do. Who cares. A meaningless game at a meaningless time cannot even live up to the hype of the mighty National Football League.
They've tried to tweak the rules of the exhibition to harbor interest. Moved it to the same city as the Super Bowl itself with hopes that it will somehow capture the coveted fan base, even pitting it between Championship Sunday and The Big Game itself. It has not gotten this person to tune in. I love football Sunday, but not this one. No matter how snazzy the uniforms are nor what the entertainment may be offered, I will not, much less can not, tune in to a glorified practice. Here's a suggestion Mr. Goodell. Honor the players and have them and their families enjoy a richly deserved vacation in the Hawaiian Islands. Starting the off season early may actually behoove the participants and their careers.
Guard: Jahri Evans, Saints; Ben Grubbs, Saints; Mike Iupati, 49ers; Logan Mankins, Patriots; Louis Vasquez, Broncos; Marshal Yanda, Ravens.
Center: Ryan Kalil, Panthers; Alex Mack, Browns; Mike Pouncey, Dolphins; Max Unger, Seahawks.
Tight end: Jordan Cameron, Browns; Vernon Davis, 49ers; Jimmy Graham, Saints; Julius Thomas, Broncos.
Running back: Jamaal Charles, Chiefs; Matt Forte, Bears; Frank Gore, 49ers; Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks; LeSean McCoy, Eagles; Adrian Peterson, Vikings.
Fullback: Marcel Reece, Raiders; Mike Tolbert, Panthers.
Defensive end: Greg Hardy, Panthers; Cameron Jordan, Saints; Robert Quinn, Rams; Cameron Wake, Dolphins; J.J. Watt, Texans; Mario Williams, Bills.
Interior lineman: Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers; Haloti Ngata, Ravens; Dontari Poe, Chiefs; Justin Smith, 49ers; Ndamukong Suh, Lions; Kyle Williams, Bills.
Outside linebacker: John Abraham, Cardinals; Ahmad Brooks, 49ers; Tamba Hali, Chiefs; Justin Houston, Chiefs; Robert Mathis, Colts; Terrell Suggs, Ravens.
Inside/middle linebacker: NaVorro Bowman, 49ers; Vontaze Burfict, Bengals; Luke Kuechly, Panthers; Patrick Willis, 49ers.
Cornerback: Brandon Flowers, Chiefs; Brent Grimes, Dolphins; Joe Haden, Browns; Patrick Peterson, Cardinals; Darrelle Revis, Buccaneers; Richard Sherman, Seahawks; Aqib Talib, Patriots; Alterraun Verner, Titans.
Free safety: Jairus Byrd, Bills; Earl Thomas, Seahawks; Eric Weddle, Chargers.
Strong safety: Eric Berry, Chiefs; Kam Chancellor, Seahawks; Troy Polamalu, Steelers.
Punter: Brandon Fields, Dolphins; Johnny Hekker, Rams.
Placekicker: Matt Prater, Broncos; Justin Tucker, Ravens.
Punt returner: Antonio Brown, Steelers; Dexter McCluster, Chiefs.
Special teamer: Justin Bethel, Cardinals; Matthew Slater, Patriots.
This year's Pro Bowl is different. The stars are realigned. No more AFC vs. NFC. It's all about giving fans match-ups they've never seen before. Watch the all-stars get drafted. Unexpected teams. Memorable match-ups. The game like you've never seen it before. This is the Pro Bowl: Unconferenced.
The NFL is back in Hawaii for the 2014 Pro Bowl on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 at Aloha Stadium.
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