NFL adds drones dropping footballs to players to Pro Bowl festivities

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In addition to moving the Pro Bowl to Orlando this year, the league has instituted a Thursday night skills event in hopes of creating more interest in the annual event.

There will be a relay race in addition to passing and catching competitions, although the announcement of a dodgeball game caught the most interest when the league announced their plans last year. If getting in touch with an inner Patches O’Houlihan isn’t a player’s thing, the league revealed another activity on Tuesday.

In a video on the league Twitter account, the league announced that there will also be an activity involving drones on Thursday night. The flying machines will go up with a football and drop it to a player waiting back on terra firma with the player presumably scoring points for his side if he’s able to hold onto the ball.

We’ll see how it all plays out, but if there’s a need for more excitement next year the league might find it by dropping the footballs from the drone while other players are throwing dodgeballs at the intended recipient.

34 responses to “NFL adds drones dropping footballs to players to Pro Bowl festivities

  1. Ill bite, why would a football dropped from a drone be any harder to catch than a hissing bullet from Rodgers or Brady? Or an end over end spinning punt?

  2. Wow! I just don’t understand why Roethlisberger (too busy crying), Luck (instead opting for minor surgery despite 320yds in wk17) and Siemian (also instead opting for minor surgery) wouldn’t want to put things on hold for a drone carrying a ball! This will put viewing figures through the 1 billion mark – put drones in the Super Bowl already instead of kickoffs. Yay, totally relevant!

  3. Energy = 0.5 x Mass x Velocity x Velocity

    The velocity of the football increases with drop altitude.

    Energy transfer is what breaks bones and tears ligaments. This competition sounds like it is going to continue until someone hurts their fingers.

  4. If they’re going to play dodge ball, please make sure it is played with the red rubber balls with the textured surface from “back in the day”. You know…the kind that could leave permanent damage on shots taken to the face or lower back. None of these foam balls that the kids are using these days.

    Do it right…or just don’t bother doing it.

  5. I find it hard to believe anyone still watches or has the slightest interest in the fake football game known as the Pro Bowl.

    At this point it has little to do with actual football, and is just a pathetic attempt at a money grab by the league.

  6. At least they’re doing more than just playing the actual Pro Bowl “game”. THAT is the real dumbest thing when players just jog around.

  7. How about some lucky fans are given pads and a helmet and get to try and stop a power back like a Marshawn Lynch from running across the field. Just you vs the pro running back.
    Imagine Adrian Peterson putting his shoulder into your chest.
    I’d enjoy watching that.

  8. proflonghair says:
    Jan 25, 2017 8:59 AM
    With God as my witness, I thought that footballs could fly.

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    My only regret is that I can’t upvote this more than once.

  9. 12brichandfamous says:
    Jan 25, 2017 8:52 AM
    Energy = 0.5 x Mass x Velocity x Velocity

    The velocity of the football increases with drop altitude.

    Energy transfer is what breaks bones and tears ligaments. This competition sounds like it is going to continue until someone hurts their fingers.
    ——————–
    Thanks Bill Nye. But maybe you should also look up Terminal Velocity, it will top out at a certain speed. It’s not going to be that much harder than a bullet pass.

  10. How ironic.

    ‘Turkeys Away’ was WKRP’s Thanksgiving episode. What many don’t know is that it was based on a real incident. The real incident happened in Atlanta and was the brainchild of Jerry Blum. Blum was a ‘suit’ at the Atlanta station when he came up with the idea of tossing turkeys out of an 18 wheeler. Despite the eight difference between a semi-rig and a helicopter, the results were reportedly the same as in both cases, turkeys can’t fly.

    On a side note, Blum is also the inspiration behind the character of Herb Tarleck, WKRP’s obnoxiously loud and crass sales manager.

  11. I guess I wouldn’t mind at least taking a look. It’s the NFL. We all “support” the NFL in one form or another just by being on this website reading this, whether that be directly or indirectly.

    It’s not that the player couldn’t catch the ball from the drone, I’m assuming, they’ll have to judge when the drone is going to drop the ball to them. That could be interesting?

    But if we’re bringing back the skills’ competition, lets also bring back the NFL’s fastest man competition. Willie Gault, Darrell Green, Mark Duper. That was a lot of fun.

  12. To make the guys interested put 100k in the charity of their choice for winning fastest man, strongest man, best arm, and hands. The race and QB competitions will be fun to watch if they can get the top guys to show up.

    As for watch and guy get run over by AP or Lynch, there’s already a show like that. It’s called pros vs joes and it’s terrible. It’s like watching a dad reject his 4 yr old kids basketball shots all day.

    The drone thing sounds terrible.

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