Tony Gonzalez on Pro Bowl: We can’t go out there and give 100 percent effort

January 24, 2014; Kapolei, HI, USA; Team Rice tight end Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons (88) talks to tight end Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints (80) during the 2014 Pro Bowl practice at Kapolei High School. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is enjoying his time in Hawaii for the 2014 Pro Bowl, as he prepares to take the field for the final time in his NFL career. Of course, the Pro Bowl is just an exhibition game that generates very little interest, so there may not be as big of an audience for the final game of Gonzalez’s Hall of Fame career.

Gonzalez understands that there are still questions about the level of entertainment for the Pro Bowl, and he says that it is up to the players to put on a show.

“It hasn’t been where it could be and where I think it’s going to be this year,” Gonzalez said, via the Washington Post. “It’s up to us to go out there and put on a performance.”

Of course, the players will have to find a way to put on an entertaining performance without giving 100 percent, because as Gonzalez says, “it’s not worth it.”

“The thing people have to understand … you just want to be healthy,” he said. “We can’t go out there and give 100 percent effort, because it’s not worth it.”

That is the problem that fans have with the Pro Bowl and it will not be something that the NFL can easily change. So no matter how they dress up their all-star game, it won’t be as appealing as it could be because the players don’t even want to put in a full effort.

Topics: Atlanta Falcons, Tony Gonzalez

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