NFL Considering Pro Bowl Changes
The NFL is considering drastic changes to the most meaningless All-Star Game in sports, the Pro Bowl, which always follows the Super Bowl and is a game that many don't watch or care about.The league is kicking around many ideas in this order. First, fans would vote during the season for the top NFL players at each position with the conference they play in not mattering. Six quarterbacks from the entire league would be voted on, as opposed to three from the AFC and three from the NFC. Fans, players and coaches each count for one third of the total vote currently but that may change in the near future.
Secondly, 86 players selected to the Pro Bowl would be announced in December. None would have a specific team affiliation.
Third, on the Wednesday before the game, a draft of the teams would take place. A committee or front office of sorts would be grouped together and include a prominent NFL alum for each side, the highest vote-getter on offense and the highest vote-getter on defense (both would serve as on-field captains of a team) and two fans who scored the most points this season playing Fantasy Football on NFL.com.
Finally, fans will be asked their interest level and what the name of the game should be. Names have ranged from Pro Bowl to All-Star Fantasy to The Players' Game to All-Star Pick-Up Game.
By: Mike Lindsley, "Mid-Day with Mike," M-F 1-4, Yankees pre/post game host on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio. Follow him on Twitter at Twitter.com/MikeLSports.