I kept up my streak of 28 straight years without watching the Pro Bowl (since my birth). It’s generally a laughable affair; the players don’t care who wins, and everyone just wants to get out of there healthy. This year, Aaron Rodgers started throwing stones at his buddies, criticizing the lack of effort.
The game would certainly be more fun to watch if the players tried harder. However, I disagree with one thing Rodgers said:
I’ve always found that when you’re going that tempo, that’s when the injuries are going to happen, not if you’re going full speed. You’re more likely to get an injury standing around a pile or just going through it half-speed.
Coaches often say things like this to get players to be more physical in practice. However, Aaron Rodgers is wrong. The only serious injury I could find in Pro Bowl history was Drew Brees’s dislocated elbow in 2007. I don’t need to tell you how many serious injuries occur in “full speed” football games.
The NFL has shown an incredible lack of creativity with the Pro Bowl. It’s a crappy event that generates negative publicity for the league. There’s no shortage of ideas to fix it. Let’s hope they ignore Aaron Rodgers and develop a totally different event.