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Suspending the NFL Pro Bowl Would Legitimize 'All-Star' Selections

Early on Thursday, news came out that the NFL was considering suspending the Pro Bowl for the 2012 season. Now, I'm a little swamped with coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft, but I did want to weigh in with a little bit of an opinion. They absolutely should suspend the Pro Bowl as it works now.

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There are those who are saying that they should suspend it until the players get it in gear and actually put some effort into the game, but I don't think that's realistic. The Pro Bowl is superfluous - it's not fun to watch and it's not fun to attend. There's no reason to keep it around. The one thing that used to be true about the Pro Bowl is that it used to be considered an honor. 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis loves getting nominated.

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I firmly believe that suspending the Pro Bowl and paying less attention to the ratings the game could get would do a lot to legitimize the Pro Bowl selection process, and lead to less snubs. So from that standpoint, the league should go forward with it. As for getting the players a vacation? Why not a skill competition? I mean, they love the vacation - send 'em to Hawaii to see who really is the fasted player. They've done it before.

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