Every morning I turn on Sportscenter, it seems like another player is declining to play in the Pro Bowl. When I first heard they were moving the Pro Bowl to Miami and playing it the week before the Super Bowl, I was not in favor of it. It seems as my dislike for it grows more by the day.
For one thing, I feel the Pro Bowl should have never been moved to Miami. It is almost like another game to some of these players. A lot of players travel to Miami during the season or to Florida for that point. A trip to Hawaii sounds a lot more satisfying to someone who has earned a Pro Bowl spot for all their hard work during the grueling season.
The second thing is the Pro Bowl should be played after the Super Bowl. I want to see the best players play in the Pro Bowl. Due to the Colts and Saints making the Super Bowl, we don't get to see the likes of Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and 12 other Pro Bowl selections actually play in the Pro Bowl. I think it needs to be moved back to the week after the Super Bowl.
I understand that some players had to pull out because of injuries, but I feel the number that have declined is kind of ridiculous. Sure there might not be the energy of a real game if they go back to the old format, but it is still a lot of fun to watch and I am sure it is a lot more fun for those players who have earned a Pro Bowl spot to kick back in Hawaii and enjoy themselves.