Does the Pro Bowl matter?
Even with the increase in television ratings last year, the game doesn't appear to carry any significance, at least to the players.
Sure, the players want to be voted to the Pro Bowl—since many get bonuses for being selected—but few of them actually want to play in the game for fear of a sustaining a career-ending injury in a meaningless game.
For example, when was the last time Tom Brady played in a Pro Bowl?
This year's Pro Bowl looks to be the Year of the Alternate Quarterback, as Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger will probably be out due to injury or more important obligations (i.e., playing in the Super Bowl).
At this rate, Brett Favre will be asked to come out of retirement to play, which means that we will be inundated with 24/7 coverage from ESPN trying to ascertain the answer to the question—will Favre play for the AFC or the NFC?
But, I digress.
Since the NFL will never eliminate the Pro Bowl, a skills competition is needed leading up to the game.
I'm glad you asked.