The 2020 Pro Bowl is a pointless game for many, including Jess Place, Laurie Lattimore-Volkmann, and myself in the Something Something Broncos podcast above. The rules do not inspire much competition and it has become more of a scrimmage than anything.
Even so, we often watch anyway to see our favorite Denver Broncos players make a few plays and have a good time. Thankfully, the Pro Bowl went back to the AFC vs. NFC format so our two players will be playing together on the same team. The AFC currently is riding a three-game winning streak, which I’d like to see continue.
Here’s a question for the comments section and one we discussed heavily in our podcast. What could the NFL do to improve the Pro Bowl format and make it a game that matters to fans again? Or should they even try?
Here is how to watch.
When: Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Mile High time
Where: Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida
Channel: ABC / ESPN / Disney XD
FuboTV (Available if being televised in your area)
AFC Pro Bowl Roster
Wide receiver: DeAndre Hopkins*, Houston Texans; Keenan Allen*, Los Angeles Chargers; Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns; Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos (replaces injured Hopkins); D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jagaurs (replaces Hill)
Center: Maurkice Pouncey*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Rodney Hudson, Oakland Raiders; Ryan Kelly, Indianapolis Colts (replaces Pouncey due to injury)
Tight end: Travis Kelce*, Kansas City Chiefs; Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens; Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (replaces Kelce due to Super Bowl)
Running back: Nick Chubb*, Cleveland Browns; Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans; Mark Ingram, Baltimore Ravens
Fullback: Patrick Ricard*, Baltimore Ravens
Defensive end: Joey Bosa*, Los Angeles Chargers; Frank Clark*, Kansas City Chiefs; Calais Campbell, Jacksonville Jaguars; Melvin Ingram, Los Angeles Chargers (replace Bosa); Josh Allen, Jacksonville Jaguars (replaces Clark)
Interior lineman: Cameron Heyward*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Chris Jones*, Kansas City Chiefs; Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals; Jurrell Casey, Tennessee Titans (replaces Jones due to Super Bowl)
Outside linebacker: Von Miller*, Denver Broncos; T.J. Watt*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Matt Judon, Baltimore Ravens
Cornerback: Stephon Gilmore*, New England Patriots; Tre’Davious White*, Buffallo Bills; Marcus Peters, Baltimore Ravens; Marlon Humphrey, Baltimore Ravens; Joe Haden, Pittsburgh Steelers (replaces Peters, who is recovering from an injury)
Free safety: Minkah Fitzpatrick*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Earl Thomas, Baltimore Ravens
Strong safety: Jamal Adams*, New York Jets
Kicker: Justin Tucker*, Baltimore Ravens
Long snapper: Morgan Cox*, Baltimore Ravens
Punter: Brett Kern*, Tennessee Titans
Return specialist: Mecole Hardman*, Kansas City Chiefs; Andre Robers, Buffalo Bills (replaces Hardman due to Super Bowl)
Special teamer: Matthew Slater*, New England Patriots
NFC Pro Bowl Roster
Wide receiver: Julio Jones*, Atlanta Falcons; Michael Thomas*, New Orleans Saints; Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys (replaces Evans due to injury); Kenny Golladay (replaces Godwin due to injury); Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (replaces Jones due to injury)
Tackle: David Bakhtiari*, Green Bay Packers; Tyron Smith*, Dallas Cowboys; Terron Armstead, New Orleans Saints; Lane Johnson, Philadelphia Ealges (replaces Bakhtiari due to injury)
Center: Jason Kelce*, Philadelphia Eagles; Travis Frederick, Dallas Cowboys
Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk*, San Francisco 49ers; C.J. Ham (replaces Juszcyk due to Super Bowl)
Defensive end: Cameron Jordan*, New Orleans Saints; Nick Bosa*, San Francisco 49ers; Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings (replaces Bosa due to Super Bowl)
Interior lineman: Aaron Donald*, Los Angeles Rams; Fletcher Cox*, Philadelphia Eagles; Grady Jarrett, Atlanta Falcons; Kenny Clark, Green Bay Packers (replaces Donald due to injury)
Inside linebacker: Bobby Wagner*, Seattle Seahawks; Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers; Jaylon Smith, Dallas Cowboys (replaces Kuechly); Eric Kendricks (replaces Wagner due to injury)
Cornerback: Marshon Lattimore*, New Orleans Saints; Richard Sherman*, San Francisco 49ers; Darius Slay, Detroit Lions; Jalen Ramsey, Los Angeles Rams; Kyle Fuller, Chicago Bears (replaces injured Ramsey); Xavier Rhodes (replaces Sherman due to Super Bowl)
Free safety: Budda Baker*, Arizona Cardinals; Eddie Jackson, Chicago Bears
Strong safety: Harrison Smith*, Minnesota Vikings
Kicker: Wil Lutz*, New Orleans Saints
Long snapper: Rick Lovato*, Philadelphia Eagles
Punter: Tress Way*, Washington Redskins
Return specialist: Deonte Harris*, New Orleans Saints
Special teamer: Cordarrelle Patterson*, Chicago Bears
Pro Bowl History
The Pro Bowl has been a thing for decades and has evolved over time, but did you know NFL used to compete against the College All-Star team? They would win games throughout the 30s and 40s against the Chicago Bears, including a 16-0 victory in 1947 in front of 105,840 crazed fans.
By 1955, the College All-Star team owned a 7-13-2 record. However, they would win just two more games after that with the final win coming over the Vince Lombardi-led Green Bay Packers in 1963. After the game, Lombardi said he had never been more embarrassed as a head coach.
The final game came in 1976 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The game was called due to lightning and a 24-0 Steeler leader with a riotous crowd. It’s crazy to think anything like this would happen today with so much money involved, but it was definitely a thing.
Before I looked into this, I had no idea these games continued for so long. I knew of the College All-Star games against the NFL, but had thought they ended in the 50s. The more you know...
A good chunk of the information here was gathered from this old post from Sports Illustrated on the topic.
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