In September 2022, the NFL announced that they would be replacing the “tackle” Pro Bowl game with the all new “Pro Bowl Games.” On Wednesday, the NFL announced the specific skills competitions that the Pro Bowlers and NFL superstars would be partaking in.
Epic Pro Bowl Dodgeball, Precision Passing, Best Catch, Gridiron Gauntlet, and Kick Tac Toe all make a return. New competitions include Lightning Round, Longest Drive, and Move the Chains.
In previous years, it was clear that the players were not taking the game seriously, barely trying to tackle or put much effort on the field. This made for some very unentertaining watches and basically a waste of time. There were some funny moments, like Mac Jones doing the griddy last year after a play was called dead, but it was far from real football. Many fans expressed their displeasures.
The first half of the skills competitions will take place Thursday, February 2. The event will conclude on Sunday, February 5 with three 7-on-7 flag football games.
The Pro Bowl Games will have cumulative scoring. “Points from the skills competitions and first two Flag football games will be added together and will be the score at the beginning of the third and final Flag game, which will determine the winning conference for The Pro Bowl Games.”
This is tremendous. The 2023 Pro Bowl Games skills competitions are out and… I can’t wait to tell my kids when they get home from school that NFL players will play all their games pic.twitter.com/D9i4gAIfAv
Is this is viable long-term solution? We shall see. At least the NFL is accepting reality and making these necessary changes. Hopefully the players have a good time and get the fans excited. If only there were more Detroit Lions Pro Bowl selections, but that might be more realistic in the future.