Following Pro Bowl practice, Foster told The Houston Chronicle that while the Pro Bowl isn’t necessarily a joke, it’s unrealistic to expect the game to be played at a high level.
“Everybody’s all ‘the Pro Bowl’s a joke.’ I think it’s an honor and a tradition. But for you to expect the best athletes in the NFL to come out and play a game 100 percent when you can’t game plan, you can’t blitz, you can’t do all these things, it’s just not going to be competitive like everybody wants it to be. We’re going to try to step it up a notch this year, but at the end of the day, you’re not going to see 100 percent effort out there, it’s just not going to happen.”
Further bolstering Foster’s point is a recent Wall Street Journal article on the number of players who missed the Pro Bowl this season.
According to the NFL, 31 players will miss Sunday’s Pro Bowl due to injury or Super Bowl participation.
Super Bowl aside, it’s pretty evident that players want no part of the Pro Bowl. Continuing to prop it up and feigning some level of importance is a borderline insult to the intelligence of NFL fans.
If the players don’t care, why should the fans?
It’s time to put the Pro Bowl out to pasture.