Jan 26, 2013, Honolulu, HI, USA; General view of palm trees at Waikiki Beach during the 2013 Pro Bowl All-Star Block Party. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Pro Bowl

The Annual NFL All Star Game known as the Pro Bowl will be played today in Hawaii at 7 EST on NBC.  The Pro Bowl continues to go through transformations as the NFL tries to build some viewership.  Moving the game to the week before the Super Bowl has certainly helped it’s relevance, and has made it possible for more players to earn the roster bonus, as players who are playing next week in the Super Bowl are replaced by back-ups.  The NFL is doing the right thing here.  I hear many people complain about the softness of the game, or the fact that winning or losing means next to nothing…to the fans.  The extra money earned by the winning team does mean something to the players, and their competitive spirit usually shows late in the 4th quarter if the score is at all close.  Of course defense and big hits are lacking, but it’s meant as entertainment and a reward for the players.  I would suggest the game will never be cancelled no matter how much NBC complains about viewership or about advertisers not wanting to pay big money for spots.  This is a game that agents and players are well invested in….bonuses for making the Pro Bowl, either as a starter, back-up, or replacement are written into most contracts and won’t be easily given up no matter how much fans complain about the game itself.  Look at the Redskins Trent Williams who this week had an altercation while in Hawaii….it was announced that he won’t be eligible to play, but will be on the sideline, get a jersey, AND be CREDITED with a Pro Bowl Appearance…meaning he will get paid his bonus.

*-Starter

x-Injured

y-Replacement

z-Super Bowl Participant

AFC
Offense
Position Player(s)
Quarterback *-Peyton Manning, Denver
x-Tom Brady, New England
y-Andrew Luck, Indianapolis
Matt Schaub, Houston
Running back *Arian Foster, Houston
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City
z-Ray Rice, Baltimore
y-C.J. Spiller, Buffalo
Fullback z-Vonta Leach, Baltimore
*y-Marcel Reece, Oakland
Wide receiver *-A.J. Green, Cincinnati
*-Andre Johnson, Houston
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis
x-Wes Welker, New England
y-Demaryius Thomas, Denver
Tight end x-Rob Gronkowski, New England
x-Heath Miller, Pittsburgh
y-Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati
y-Owen Daniels, Houston
Tackle *-Joe Thomas, Cleveland
*-Duane Brown, Houston
x-Ryan Clady, Denver
y-Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati
Guard x-Logan Mankins, New England
z-Marshal Yanda, Baltimore
y-Richie Incognito, Miami
Wade Smith, Houston
y-Zane Beadles, Denver
Center *-Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh
Chris Myers, Houston
Defense
Position Player(s)
Defensive end *-J.J. Watt, Houston
*-Cameron Wake, Miami
Elvis Dumervil, Denver
Interior linemen *-Geno Atkins, Cincinnati
x-Vince Wilfork, New England
z-Haloti Ngata, Baltimore
y-Randy Starks, Miami
y-Kyle Williams, Buffalo
Outside linebacker x-Von Miller, Denver
*-Tamba Hali, Kansas City
Robert Mathis, Indianapolis
y-Justin Houston, Kansas City
Inside/Middle linebacker *-Jerod Mayo, New England
Derrick Johnson, Kansas City
Cornerback *-Champ Bailey, Denver
*-Johnathan Joseph, Houston
Antonio Cromartie, N.Y. Jets
Free safety z-Ed Reed, Baltimore
y-Jairus Byrd, Buffalo
Strong safety *-Eric Berry, Kansas City
LaRon Landry, N.Y. Jets
Special teams
Position Player(s)
Punter Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City
Placekicker Phil Dawson, Cleveland
Kick returner z-Jacoby Jones, Baltimore
y-Josh Cribbs, Cleveland
Special-teamer Matthew Slater, New England
Long snapper John Denney, Miami
NFC
Offense
Position Player(s)
Quarterback x-Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
x-Matt Ryan, Atlanta
y-Drew Brees, New Orleans
y-Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants
x-Robert Griffin III, Washington
y-Russell Wilson, Seattle
Running back *-Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle
y-Doug Martin, Tampa Bay
z-Frank Gore, San Francisco
Fullback *-Jerome Felton, Minnesota
Wide receiver x-Calvin Johnson, Detroit
x-Brandon Marshall, Chicago
*-Julio Jones, Atlanta
*-Victor Cruz, N.Y. Giants
y-Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona
y-Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay
Tight end x-Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta
y-Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota
Jason Witten, Dallas
Tackle z-Joe Staley, San Francisco
*-Russell Okung, Seattle
y-Jermon Bushrod, New Orleans
x-Trent Williams, Washington
y-Matt Kalil, Minnesota
Guard z-Mike Iupati, San Francisco
y-Josh Sitton, Green Bay
*-Jahri Evans, New Orleans
Chris Snee, N.Y. Giants
Center *-Max Unger, Seattle
Jeff Saturday, Green Bay
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