On Wednesday, the NFL announced some big changes to the Pro Bowl that eliminates kickoffs and the AFC vs. NFC formats, but the positive reaction that they were hoping for has yet to come. Instead, many fans and players alike have questioned why the changes were made and if they really help to improve the NFL’s version of the all-star game.
The latest person to question the league’s changes and express his unhappiness was Chicago Bears receiver/return man Devin Hester.
“That was one of my goals for this season. I won’t make the Pro Bowl. They can’t do that,” Hester said, via Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. “If you are taking the returner out of the Pro Bowl, you’re taking two positions out. That will suck for me. They are trying to change up the whole game of football and they’re messing with people’s jobs and lives.”
Hopefully Hester doesn’t have escalators in his contract that reward him for a Pro Bowl appearance or he is really going to be upset.
The changes to the game are a bit outrageous and they do nothing to improve the appeal of the game for the fans.
Even worse for the NFL is that the biggest issue in the Pro Bowl was lack of competition and the league has done nothing to address that. All they have accomplished is upsetting players and making fans ask, “why?”