Dwight Freeney isn’t the only Colts player that could skip waving hello at the Pro Bowl. Safety Antoine Bethea has a back injury that could also prevent him from going to Miami a day early. At least the Colts hope so.
Speaking Friday morning from the Pro Bowl, NFL Network’s Deion Sanders thought the Colts’ complaints were overblown.
“It’s like the day before Christmas and you tell me to go on the other city to pick up a gift from grandma. I don’t want to, but I’m going to do it because the next is, what, Christmas. They are coming to the Super Bowl! There is nothing that could inconvenience you . . . this is all gravy.”
Sanders wasn’t the only league employee fighting back on the issue.
Writing on Twitter, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said, “SB players voted
to Pro Bowl are going to PB because players asked us to do this when we
discussed it with them a few years ago. . . . Those players said
we would want to come early and be honored with other Pro Bowl players.
Players had input into this format; we listened.”
We can see both sides of the issue, but sometimes you have to pick your battles. Is this really an issue important enough for all the complaining?