Thanks to a stupid rule change that moved the Pro Bowl to the weekend before the Super Bowl, players who are playing in the Super Bowl can no longer play in the Pro Bowl.
Now, we won’t get to see any of the stars from the New England Patriots and New York Giants play in the game. For a game that’s usually not very watchable, keeping guys like Tom Brady from playing isn’t a smart move.
Let’s take a look at the three players who won’t be playing in the Pro Bowl who we’ll miss the most.
Brady is the best quarterback in the AFC by far. There’s no one who’s really even close to him.
Just imagine what would have happened if Brady were there to throw to guys like A.J. Green and Mike Wallace.
Without Brady, the AFC offense isn’t going to be nearly as exciting.
As much as we’ll miss Brady, we’ll miss Gronk just as much or even more.
Gronkowski set the record for touchdown catches in a season by a tight end this season and is an elite player. The fans in Hawaii are definitely missing out by not getting to see the best tight end in the NFL right now.
I don’t care who the other team has on an all-star defense, no one can match up with Gronk one-on-one.
Pierre-Paul was one of the breakout defensive stars of 2011. He did everything for the Giants.
Whether it was rushing the passer, making a big tackle or blocking a kick, JPP was there.
He deserves to go to Hawaii for his first Pro Bowl, but he can’t (I’m sure he’s fine with playing in the Super Bowl instead, though).
The NFC defense would have loved it if he were able to play in this game.