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Pro Bowlers may not be wearing their usual team helmets

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The elimination of conference affiliations creates all sorts of interesting possibilities at the Pro Bowl.  Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs could have a chance to sack Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

Making the moment even more surreal would be the wearing of a Ravens helmet by each player at the moment of impact.

For that reason and others (like distinguishing receivers from defensive backs), there’s a chance that the Pro Bowlers won’t be wearing their normal team helmets.

“To be determined,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFT via email as to the question of whether the helmets the players ordinarily wear would be replaced with, for example, helmets matching the name and color of the Pro Bowl teams.

Though many will object to the ditching of the players’ helmets, there’s a marketing opportunity that comes from coming up with new uniforms, logos, and colors for the two Pro Bowl teams.  Instead of the usual red and blue duds, the Pro Bowl uniforms could become the league’s 33rd and 34th franchises, with names and jerseys that would cultivate fan allegiances that would endure year to year, generating more interest in watching the game.

They’d be two largely fictional teams that, for five days per year, would become very real.  And kids everywhere possibly would want the jersey or helmet of whichever team becomes their favorite team in the two-franchise Pro Bowl league.

Of course, improved game play would help in that regard.  In an upcoming post, we’ll address whether that can be expected.

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23 Responses to “Pro Bowlers may not be wearing their usual team helmets”
  1. viguy007 says: Jul 31, 2013 2:59 PM

    Do away with the pro-bowl. It servers no purpose.

  2. evilglazers666 says: Jul 31, 2013 3:02 PM

    This is so stupid. Who’s idea was it Jerry?

  3. jack3dsd says: Jul 31, 2013 3:03 PM

    that would be a huge issue bc suggs would not hit flacco nor would any player hit their own teams quarterback and risk injuring them.

  4. denverwally says: Jul 31, 2013 3:04 PM

    yes, because the league needs this so badly.

  5. returntoexcellence says: Jul 31, 2013 3:06 PM

    Two fictional team names:

    Los Angeles “fill in the blank”
    London “fill in the blank”

    Or are we suppose to come up with two more?

  6. sleepsoncouches says: Jul 31, 2013 3:10 PM

    Just throwing this out there, but perhaps a Hawaiian themed team name or an internationally themed team name would be in the cards for the strategically-mined NFL.

  7. jrebar88 says: Jul 31, 2013 3:12 PM

    Let Nike do what they want with the Pro Bowl designs.

  8. bmorepositive123 says: Jul 31, 2013 3:15 PM

    “Instead of the usual red and blue duds, the Pro Bowl uniforms could become the league’s 33rd and 34th franchises, with names and jerseys that would cultivate fan allegiances that would endure year to year, generating more interest in watching the game.”

    … yeah if you’re a Cowboys fan it’s called rooting for the NFC… and Patriot fans rooting for the AFC.

  9. sbchampsagain says: Jul 31, 2013 3:19 PM

    Might as well amke it the Pro Bowl Golf Tournament. That’s the only way you’ll fget these athletes to compete in HI.

    4 days, including a final “cut.”

  10. blackmagic7 says: Jul 31, 2013 3:32 PM

    It sounds like a convenient way to eventually cancel the game.

    This doesn’t fix anything. This make it MORE meaningless. At least with AFC and NFC there is tradition. I expect less than 100%, but still expect my NFC to come out on top.

    Now what? A marketing gimmick to get people to sign up for fantasy football?

    This is going to last one season. It will be fun to watch the teams assemble, and thats IT. The game will be even more meaningless than it was.

    It’s like the new gameplan is to simply bust the Pro-Bowl and watch it cancel itself.

  11. aprilwalker2013 says: Jul 31, 2013 3:37 PM

    NO to the not wearing team helmets!! That’s a big part of why I watch.. If anyone from my Redskins.. Are at pro bowl! I would for sure not watch if cant see teams represented! Bad idea!!

  12. blackmagic7 says: Jul 31, 2013 3:38 PM

    These guys go less than 100% in the game, right?

    Cut the number of pro-bowler’s in half, and create one team. Send them to Hawaii to scrimmage the incoming Senior class of Rookies.

  13. blackngold4life says: Jul 31, 2013 3:43 PM

    Turrible Idea says Charles Barkley

  14. thingamajig says: Jul 31, 2013 3:54 PM

    Another great idea by the NFL marketing genius’s.

  15. puckthefatriots says: Jul 31, 2013 3:55 PM

    How many dumb ideas that fail will it take to trash this thing?

  16. ndnut says: Jul 31, 2013 4:04 PM

    Any word on which coach will coach which team?

  17. truckenlauten says: Jul 31, 2013 4:05 PM

    Just say goodbye too it.

  18. jdphx says: Jul 31, 2013 4:07 PM

    Because it’s so easy to pick out “your guys” when
    their helmet is different, and their jersey number
    is probably different too!

    GREAT idea…

  19. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 31, 2013 4:30 PM

    Have them not wear helmets at all. With the way they dog it in this game, no chance of anyone getting hurt anyway.

  20. blacknole08 says: Jul 31, 2013 4:40 PM

    That’s just dumb.

    I always got annoyed when I played the pro-bowl in Madden and it aways had the generic AFC and NFC helmets. Now the NFL is doing the same?

    Just annoying.

  21. Deb says: Jul 31, 2013 5:36 PM

    Now wait a minute …

    I want the guys in their regular helmets. The primary reason for watching this game is to see your own players. Come on …

  22. bigred12 says: Jul 31, 2013 5:46 PM

    Not sure how many fans will want to follow these teams (and therefore buy apparel) if the players on those teams change every year.

  23. petedutcherjr says: Jul 31, 2013 7:54 PM

    I am officially done with the Pro Bowl.

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