One of the biggest criticisms about the Pro Bowl is that no one really wants to play. Football is a violent sport and the players don’t want to risk injuring themselves. That is what has led to the NFL trying to find a new way to bring some excitement, this year they divided the teams in a draft instead of the traditional conference alignment. Head coach Ron Rivera says the new format has provided a better game and that if they don’t play better in it, the game could disappear.
“The players understand what’s at stake in terms of we need to come out there and we need to show who we are as far as being football players,” Rivera told David Newton of ESPN.com. “It’s been a heck of an experience. I’m excited about it. I just hope it’s a good show.
He isn’t the only one predicting a competitive game. Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey previously has also said that he believes the game will be “real competitive.”