Many in NFL circles have been questioning the validity and safety of the Pro Bowl for years. Unlike Major League Baseball’s all-star game or the NBA version football is a violent and physical sport that calls for a certain focus when playing.
People can joke around in the NBA or MLB even, but you have to take any football you play in seriously. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodger has been critical of the game before and again questioned the value of it while talking to the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
“I just felt like the intensity level was higher (in 2009),” Rodgers told the Green Bay Press Gazette. “You didn’t see a ton of big hits or anything, but you didn’t see some of the efforts or lack of effort we saw last season. On the flip side, I understand. Drew (Brees of the New Orleans Saints) was playing without a contract, and some of these guys didn’t want to be out there. I understand that. But if that’s the case, then maybe we shouldn’t have a game at that point.”
Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings offered his opinion also.
“There’s nothing riding on it,” Packers wide receiverGreg Jennings said. “Whereas in baseball you have home field (for the World Series) riding on that all-star game. Basketball, I mean it’s basketball. Nothing riding on the game, but you can still showcase your talent. Nobody’s getting hit, setting hard picks, but you can still play the game. Other sports can do that, we can’t. You can’t arm tackle a guy and expect him to just fall. It doesn’t look good.”