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Former Lions Pro Bowler wants Pro Bowl eliminated

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Plenty of people have voiced their opinion that the Pro Bowl should end because it is a non-competitive game that barely resembles NFL football.

Few of the people arguing in favor of the game’s elimination actually played in it, although they are getting support on that front as well. Former Lions tight end and current assistant director of pro personnel Charlie Sanders was a seven-time Pro Bowler during his playing days, but he thinks the current generation of Pro Bowlers aren’t doing enough to justify the game’s continued existence.

“I think they’re going to eliminate it, they’re going to cut it out, because it’s turned into a disgrace, to be honest with you,” Sanders said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free-Press. “It doesn’t represent football. It’s more of a mockery of the game. I think that if that’s the way they’re going to go about handling such a prestigious honor, then I think they need to eliminate it.”

The Pro Bowl’s future was hotly debated, but it will live on this year. This probably won’t be the last we hear of calls to either drastically change it to make it a better event or eliminate it altogether, though. The reprieve gives Matthew Stafford another chance to end a long drought for the Lions.

They haven’t had a Pro Bowl quarterback since Greg Landry in 1971. If Sanders is right, their time to get another one is running out fast.

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23 Responses to “Former Lions Pro Bowler wants Pro Bowl eliminated”
  1. lionsfan14 says: Jun 22, 2012 2:21 PM

    Matt Stafford not getting into the Pro Bowl last year is still mind boggling. How a guy can throw for over 5,000 yards and 40 touchdowns and get their team into the playoffs is beyond me and not get pro bowl honors is pathetic.

  2. dondada10 says: Jun 22, 2012 2:22 PM

    Bring back the QB Skills competition!

  3. bigwalt2990 says: Jun 22, 2012 2:30 PM

    Suh and Megatron are setting new, higher goals for the team(Stafford). Each of them made the All-pro team twice… Pro-Bowl, ha.

  4. toad8572 says: Jun 22, 2012 2:32 PM

    Agreed!!

  5. tres79 says: Jun 22, 2012 2:34 PM

    The Lions had pro bowlers?

  6. swingondeesenuts says: Jun 22, 2012 2:37 PM

    Charlie needs to settle down. He is a typical old timer pissed off because scrubs now make more money in a few years than he did in his whole career. The Pro Bowl has NEVER been a “serious” game nor does anyone really take it as such.

    Sorry Charlie, nobody cares about your rants.

  7. 3deegee94 says: Jun 22, 2012 2:38 PM

    Are they going to pay the contract in full and not cut the player if they get injured going hard.

  8. buffaloheartbreak says: Jun 22, 2012 2:42 PM

    They should have players elected to the Pro Bowl play like a charity softball match against each other. Or cricket.

  9. gjperch says: Jun 22, 2012 2:47 PM

    I’ve never understood why owners would be okay with sending players to an absolutely meaningless game where even playing half-assed, they could tear an ACL or get a career-ending injury. Who was the rookie running back who tore the crap out of his knee doing some beach game during the Pro Bowl a bunch of years ago.

  10. philrat says: Jun 22, 2012 2:50 PM

    The pro bowl is what the nfl looks like when no defense is being played. With all the new rules changes the regular season games will soon be looking like the pro bowl.

  11. hyzers says: Jun 22, 2012 3:24 PM

    Stafford doesn’t give a sh*t about pro bowls.

    Worrying about making the Pro Bowl is for players like Cam Newton.

  12. musicman495 says: Jun 22, 2012 3:37 PM

    Uh, could we also mention that Charlie Sanders is also a Hall of Famer.

  13. nflfollower says: Jun 22, 2012 3:41 PM

    Philrat—— the thought is terrifying, but you are right.

  14. packinnm says: Jun 22, 2012 3:50 PM

    I find this sad. As bad as the game has been I always enjoyed going to it when I was stationed in Pearl Harbor. Yea, the game sucked bad but if you have ever been there you would see that a lot of military attended the game. It was something out there that they could actually afford to do once a year. The NFL always did a lot of things for the military during the pro bowl week. My personal favorite was the golf tourney. How else would I have been able to play golf with John Elway, Chris Miller, Clay matthews, Marv Cook.

  15. mctyboy35 says: Jun 22, 2012 4:03 PM

    They should offer a bigger incentive for both teams to earn pro-bowl honors as well as for the winner. This would probably make for a better season a well because players would be try harder and actually play with the same intensity they did in college when they were chasing the dream. And for the writers out there, I’m sure you’d have plenty to write about with all the selfish divas complaining about stats, not getting the ball, waaah waaah waaaah. It would make the season more exciting as a whole.

  16. philyeagles5 says: Jun 22, 2012 4:09 PM

    people act like they are strapped down and forced to watch the pro bowl. if you dont like the show, change the channel.

  17. swingondeesenuts says: Jun 22, 2012 4:09 PM

    Wow. Who knew there were so many Charlie Sanders fans?

  18. flapjackdaddy says: Jun 22, 2012 4:18 PM

    lionsfan14 says: Jun 22, 2012 2:21 PM

    Matt Stafford not getting into the Pro Bowl last year is still mind boggling. How a guy can throw for over 5,000 yards and 40 touchdowns and get their team into the playoffs is beyond me and not get pro bowl honors is pathetic.

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    Is that the only thing Lions fans ever have to say on the matter? Let it go. Charlie Sanders saying they should cut it out has nothing to do with Stafford not being voted to the pro bowl.

  19. EJ says: Jun 22, 2012 4:21 PM

    dondada10 says:
    Jun 22, 2012 2:22 PM
    Bring back the QB Skills competition!

    Hell yeah! I forgot about the QB competition, man was that awesome! If I remember correctly, Randall Cunningham used to dominate the games every year. They definitely need to bring it back. How cool would it be to see the Quarterbacks now days run through the same courses that our favorites growing up did.

  20. jgedgar70 says: Jun 22, 2012 4:22 PM

    gjperch says:
    Jun 22, 2012 2:47 PM
    I’ve never understood why owners would be okay with sending players to an absolutely meaningless game where even playing half-assed, they could tear an ACL or get a career-ending injury. Who was the rookie running back who tore the crap out of his knee doing some beach game during the Pro Bowl a bunch of years ago.
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    That was Garrison Hearst, I believe.

    I still think the Pro Bowl should be played in the middle of the year like all the other sports. Play it the second weekend in November, then give every team their bye the third weekend (we will have all the college football rivalry games to watch that weekend), then start the NFL back on Thanksgiving night.

    Of course, they need to go to 18 games, 60-man rosters with no mandated inactives, and 14-day and 30-day IR lists along with the season-ending IR list, but hey…

    Like George Carlin once said, “You see, I have all the answers. The problem is, no one ever calls me!!!!”

  21. rajbais says: Jun 22, 2012 5:57 PM

    How about a shirts and shorts, helmet-free game???

    Just have the linemen wear knee and elbow pads.

    If you have them wear no helmets they will not act way too invincible. In addition, helmets give fans the mirage that a real football game is taking place. If the tackling is poor and there is too little of intensity why not go helmet-less??

    The Mirage factor makes sense because everyone’s eyes are fooled during off-season team activities when there are no pads on, but there is too little intensity for anyone to think that a real football game is taking place during the Pro Bowl!!!

  22. warrenpeacephotography says: Jun 23, 2012 1:31 AM

    Robert Edwards was the running back who suffered a career-ending injury in a beach game during the pro-bowl.

    It’s a stupid idea, really. I don’t know any football fans who watch it. Being selected to play in the pro-bowl is an honor that should stay on paper. There’s no need to actually play the game.

  23. staffordsyear says: Jun 23, 2012 6:20 AM

    The guy who tore his knee up was robert edwards..wr for the patriots.

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