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Anthony Munoz: Maybe they should re-think the Pro Bowl

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Anthony Munoz played in 11 Pro Bowls during his Hall of Fame career with the Bengals. Today he’s not so sure the Pro Bowl is worth it.

Munoz said today on PFT Live that it might be best for players just not to put their bodies at risk in the Pro Bowl, seeing as it has now become a game where fear of injury seems to outweigh any benefit to playing.

“The way the game is going these days, I think that’s a consideration,” Munoz said. “Any time you’re going to a game and you’re just out there being careful not to get hurt, I think that’s what happens. So if that’s the case that most guys are thinking about injury, they shouldn’t go. And maybe they should re-think the Pro Bowl. To me, that was something I never thought about. Any time I put the full pads on, I didn’t think about getting hurt. I didn’t go three-quarters speed, half speed, to take care of myself.”

Munoz noted that Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert is still recovering from surgery that was necessitated by an injury in last season’s Pro Bowl.

“The Pro Bowl game has become something where that’s the main focus, not to get hurt,” Munoz said. “So if that’s the case, I would advise guys not to go.”

More and more players seem to feel that way. Pretty soon, the NFL may have no choice but to cancel the Pro Bowl because it can’t find enough players to play.

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23 Responses to “Anthony Munoz: Maybe they should re-think the Pro Bowl”
  1. hugeheavywoman says: Sep 7, 2016 3:36 PM

    The only way the NFL will re-think the Pro Bowl is to increase profits.

  2. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 7, 2016 3:38 PM

    Can’t believe anyone even watches that snoozefest in the first place

  3. thekillernacho says: Sep 7, 2016 3:40 PM

    When and if Roger has his way and adds 2 more games in the regular season, I think part of the agreement that will keep the players’ association from creating a big uproar will be the removal of two preseason games and the removal of the Pro Bowl.

    honestly they should just get rid of it and bring back the Pro Bowl skill competitions instead. They were much more interesting than the game itself, and much less risk of injury.

  4. raiderinva says: Sep 7, 2016 3:42 PM

    Eventually the NFL will eliminate the Pro Bowl, kick offs, and two preseason games. This will be countered with a larger roster, a refined IR system, two bye weeks, and a 20 game regular season that will include an increase in abroad games.

  5. cobrala2 says: Sep 7, 2016 3:42 PM

    Cut the Pro Bowl and make an 8-city B-League full of Practice Squad players and UFA’s on a schedule that is offset from the NFL.

    That way the practice squad players get some development and this could aid in the Offseason/Roster decision-making process since you have valuable tape on them over practice squad reps.

    We get some type of American Football nearly year-round as well.

    Maybe the UFAs make a little money and don’t give up their passion. Maybe being on the Practice Squad truly becomes opportunity, instead of relegation.

  6. metalman5150 says: Sep 7, 2016 3:42 PM

    honestly- just get rid of the pro bowl, game, itself. keep the voting, and process, just don’t play the game.

    instead, cut bonus checks to the pro bowler selects, and instead of playing tackle football, have the players gather at a convention center to meet and greet with fans. maybe could partner with Madden and have players face off against each other in a simulated madden football game.

    Anything but the tackle game of football, that it is currently.

  7. mogogo1 says: Sep 7, 2016 3:44 PM

    They risk getting hurt for a game that few watch and absolutely nobody enjoys. It’s a LOSE-LOSE-LOSE proposition.

  8. stew48 says: Sep 7, 2016 3:50 PM

    I’m impressed with some of the thinking here. See, football players and fans can actually think.

  9. karmathaitch says: Sep 7, 2016 3:52 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 3:38 PM

    Can’t believe anyone even watches that snoozefest in the first place


    That’s normally what I do when I watch it! Second to the last game of the NFL season. Take advantage…

  10. scoops1 says: Sep 7, 2016 3:53 PM

    Anthony Munoz = Best O-Lineman EVER!!!!!

  11. citizenstrange says: Sep 7, 2016 3:55 PM

    Football is too violent to play a 100% meaningless game. Pre-season at least has a semblance of importance.

    Besides, after the first 12 players named at any given position turn it down you end up with very average players playing.

    I’m like most of the commenters here in that I don’t watch it but I guess a lot of people do. And as long as it is making money for the NFL it will continue.

  12. arcross12042004scorp15 says: Sep 7, 2016 3:55 PM

    Get rid of the Pro Bowl. Instead have a higjlight reel of all the players selectef at the various positions and show it in place of PB
    Get the same 3 hours of tv time, and probably higher viewership. Similar to the draft.

  13. iamkillerfin says: Sep 7, 2016 4:06 PM

    PRO BOWL IS JUST A POPULARITY CONTEST!!! It was more fun when EVERYONE could participate including the super bowl teams!!! PLUS it extends the season if you play it AFTER the super bowl!!!

  14. tqaztec says: Sep 7, 2016 4:10 PM

    I’d watch a skills competition based on an Olympic type setup with speed, jumping, and strength. Anything that does not have bodies bashing each other.

    Gold, silver, and bronze footballs.

  15. djscottyb says: Sep 7, 2016 4:11 PM

    To even consider the NFL “getting rid” of the Pro Bowl is ridiculous.
    For one – it still brings in ridiculous money thru TV contracts and advertising, regardless of how bad the play has been.
    It has a stronger rating over the NBA’s star studded All Star game.
    In fact 2016 Pro Bowl had 2x’s the viewers of the Clemson v Auburn game this weekend and more than 3x the viewers of “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” classic played around Halloween.

    The game itself has become a joke, and they are some great ideas here to improve or change it up – but that broadcast isn’t going away any time soon.

  16. annapterp says: Sep 7, 2016 4:17 PM

    If the players decline to play, there really isn’t much Roger and the NFL boys can do about it.

  17. bobleblah says: Sep 7, 2016 4:24 PM

    Have them compete in a “skills” type of tournament, with keg toss and obstacle course and tug o’war and the like.

  18. jag1959 says: Sep 7, 2016 4:53 PM

    They will rethink it when it stops making money. Until then as players decline invitations they will continue to extend invitations to the next guy on the list until they get to the last practice squad guy on the worst team in the league. If they still do not have enough players the commi$$ioner will invoke Article 46 and declare not going is conduct detrimental.

  19. spotsdad says: Sep 7, 2016 5:17 PM

    Patriots hardly ever get to play in it anyways.

  20. mikebel11 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:21 PM

    “If the players decline to play, there really isn’t much Roger and the NFL boys can do about it.”

    Except for threaten to suspend them if they don’t co-operate… Which they just did with the PED interviews… To great success. The NHL already hands out 1 game suspensions to non-injured players who decline to participate in the all-star game. Albeit there’s 82 games in an NHL season so that one game isn’t as big a punishment as it would be in a 16 game season.

  21. braddavery says: Sep 7, 2016 5:25 PM

    Remember when football players were men?

  22. string888 says: Sep 7, 2016 6:34 PM

    The pro bowl should mean something. The idea of two super star teams competing against each other is just to awesome. Make the money and bragging rights substantil enough to mean soemthing. Maybe guranteed endorsments that only winning pro bowl players can get. Do it right or don’t do it at all.

  23. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 7, 2016 8:59 PM

    Just like everything NFL it went from a week long vacation of fun and individual competitions to a last second cash grab.
    Just get rid of it, if you want to name a team at the end of the year….Great… We don’t need the half assed games with
    1/2 of the players not joining..
    Comone last year with Tyrod Taylor and Bridgewater in the Pro Bowl…. get real!

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