Unprecedented 2021 NFL Pro Bowl

Gavin McAferty, Journalist

The Pro Bowl is a game played near the end of the year by all-star players to congratulate them on their season of a great play. The game itself scheduled for January 31st in Las Vegas was called off last month because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of being held in its usual locations such as Hawaii and Orlando, this year it has been canceled and will be played on Madden 21. This is the first time the Pro Bowl has been canceled since 1949. The NFL community is currently still voting for the Pro Bowl selections. A total of 88 players will be selected from the AFC and NFC total. 


The virtual game will consist of all players being able to play at once. In which every player will play as themselves from their homes. Very cool to see that even in these unprecedented times sports leagues are making an effort to reward players and hold an entertaining event for everyone to thoroughly enjoy. Not sure how the NFL intends to play mini-games like usual, they haven’t released any information on it. All of the games will be available to watch across a variety of platforms that will air on ESPN and ABC, the NFL said in a news release.


Prior to this development, a rare sense of certainty occurred when the NFL and EA extended their contract that is worth up to $1.5 billion dollars for 5 years. That money will help make this process much easier. It’s going to be bitter-sweet watching this stream for many because on one hand it’s not the same but on another, it’s something new and different. Interested to see the final product.