The Pro Bowl, the NFL’s version of an All=Star game is finally being replaced.
According to The Associated Press, the NFL is replacing the game with a weeklong skills competitions and a flag football game.
The new “Pro Bowl Games” will feature AFC and NFC players showcasing their football and non-football skills in challenges over several days. The 2023 Games will be held in Las Vegas, and the flag football game at Allegiant Stadium is Feb. 5.
“The Pro Bowl is something that we’ve been looking at for a while, really continuing to evolve,” NFL executive Peter O’Reilly told The Associated Press. “Coming out of last year’s game, we really made the decision based on a lot of internal conversations, getting feedback from GMs and coaches, getting a lot of feedback from players. We think there’s a real opportunity to do something wholly different here and move away from the traditional tackle football game. We decided the goal is to celebrate 88 of the biggest stars in the NFL in a really positive, fun, yet competitive way.”
The AP reported Peyton Manning and his Omaha Productions company will promote the event. Manning will also be a part of the coaching staff for flag game.