The NFL is Replacing the Pro Bowl Game With The Pro Bowl Games

Out with the old, and in with the new in the NFL.

The NFL is replacing the Pro Bowl with The Pro Bowl Games.

Yes, you read that correctly. Gone is the Pro Bowl Game, the annual showdown between AFC and NFC stars who aren’t playing in the Super Bowl (and/or haven’t backed out of playing due to *reasons). And in its place are The Pro Bowl Games, reports the AP’s Rob Maaddi. That is games with an s. It’s the plural for me. That one letter is significant in this change.

And I’m very much intrigued:

The Pro Bowl Games will be a week-long series of competitions, which will be highlighted by a flag football game. Considering how the Pro Bowl game essentially became a flag football game of sorts, this evolution makes sense. In addition to flag football, there will be skills competitions of the football and non-football variety in which players will get to strut their stuff. What else could be on the table? I’m hoping for some off the wall stuff. How about a pie-eating contests among quarterbacks? A 40-yard dash for kickers? Offensive linemen playing an oversized Jenga game? A Griddy dance-off? Pickleball? Let’s get weird. The oddities could be limitless.

This season’s Pro Bowl isn’t until Feb. 5, so there is plenty of time to hash out what some of these events could be. Frankly, it shouldn’t be hard to beat out what the Pro Bowl had been giving us in recent years.

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Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

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