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Rodgers 'embarrassed' by NFC effort in Pro Bowl

Posted on: January 31, 2012 3:42 pm
A. Rodgers said he was embarrassed by the NFC's players effort in the Pro Bowl (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

The Pro Bowl, as we all know, is a joke.

We tried making some suggestions last year (um, hello, running clock?!?), and this year, we described why the changes the NFL did make didn’t improve the quality of the game.

Not only do we see this game as an exercise in irrelevance, mostly because the players’ effort is lacking, but apparently so does Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

During his regular appearance on ESPN Milwaukee, Rodgers said  the NFC players “embarrassed themselves” during the game last Sunday. He also said he was "disappointed in the lack of pride.”

Said Rodgers: “I feel like there should be some pride involved in a game like that, and I was just surprised by some of the efforts of some of the guys. This was my second Pro Bowl. (I) played in the one in 2010. It was down in Fort Lauderdale/Miami. I felt that that one had a lot more energy.

“The AFC side obviously had more energy. I think they were upset about the second onside kick (called by Packers coach Mike McCarthy), and at that point they played a lot harder than we did. But even in the early going, they were playing definitely harder than we were.”

Obviously, there’s no reason for the Pro Bowl selections to go all out and risk injury, and the NFL enforces special rules in the game to decrease those chances as well. But when the defensive linemen are basically shaking hands with the offensive linemen each time the ball is snapped and when would-be-tacklers let ball-rushers run right by them for touchdowns, you have to ask yourself, what’s the point of watching this?

And maybe now Rodgers is asking himself, what’s the point of playing?

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Since: Nov 10, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:54 am

Rodgers 'embarrassed' by NFC effort in Pro Bowl

Someone might want to let Rodgers know that a severely injured arm (just ask Brees), or a blown ACL that may come from increasing the 'energy' in the Pro Bowl isn't worth a $25k paycheck, or even a $50k paycheck.  Get used to it.

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:47 am

Rodgers 'embarrassed' by NFC effort in Pro Bowl

Yep, I'd say that the Pro Bowl is to NFL Football what those "Discount Double-Check" commercials are to acting.

Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:45 am

Rodgers 'embarrassed' by NFC effort in Pro Bowl

Take off the pads make it a flag football game. When you are out or done for the game i.e back ups in this one are startes, go into the stands and sign autographs for the fans, get the fans in the game. To be honest I could care less about effort in the pro bowl. They are there as a last hooorah for the season sort of a come out wave you hat and go back type game. Show the fans you apprectiate them.


7-on-7 Flag Football where even the linemen get to catch passes.
Sign autographs along the stadium walls

Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:38 am

Rodgers 'embarrassed' by NFC effort in Pro Bowl

The Bears still got one up on the Packers...really?  You actually put that nonsense in writing (or what passes for writing).

Seems like the last time the Bears were in the playoffs, the Packers knocked them out (in Chicago) and went on to win the SB for the fourth time (running their NFL championships up to 13).  Of course that was way back in...oh I'm sorry, that was last year.  

So, you can coddle that lone Bears SB win from the mid 80s and play the "Super Bowl Shuffle" until the cassette tape warps and justify to yourself why the Bears "got one up."

I'd let you count how many "up" the Packers are over the Bears, but you might run out of fingers and toes.


Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:21 am
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Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:18 am

Rodgers 'embarrassed' by NFC effort in Pro Bowl

Free trip to Hawaii. $25,000.00...Even if you lose. What's the bonus? An extra $25,000.00 if you win. Maybe if this wasn't a drop in the bucket to these players, then they would take it seriously. All this game will ever be is a fraternal gathering, a lovefest of the superstars who have no idea what really goes on in the world. Make them play in Green Bay in February for winner take all. $50,000.00. No Freebies for the ultra-rich, just an opportunity to supplement their income. In the real world I have guys calling me all of the time to pick up side work just to make ends meat.
Maybe the fans would appreciate it more if the players weren't so pampered. 

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:10 am

Rodgers 'embarrassed' by NFC effort in Pro Bowl

The Super Bowl will never be in Hawaii. What a silly suggestion. Aloha Stadium is beyond aged. A 35+ year old stadium that only holds 50,000... not a chance in hell.

Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:53 am

Rodgers 'embarrassed' by NFC effort in Pro Bowl

Yawn.... I've seen more tackles at the World Series of Poker.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:49 am

Rodgers 'embarrassed' by NFC effort in Pro Bowl

I agree. No interest in watching the game. Skills competition is good though. The entire weekend should be stuff like that to accumulate to a final winner which they would get paid for. I also believe a better more affordable option for the fans should be allowed as Hawaii is not a cheap trip for anyone, particularly the fans on the east and midwest. I think it should be in a different location every year but not the same as the Superbowl. In fact if they want to have the Superbowl in Hawaii go for it as most fans can't afford that game anyway.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:48 am

Rodgers 'embarrassed' by NFC effort in Pro Bowl

I heard the Pro Bowl used to be the Super Bowl Champions vs. All-Stars from the rest of the teams. That sounds SO much more interesting!

You are partly right.  The league champs used to play the collegiate All-Stars back in the 1950s.  The Pro Bowl was still played though.  The Pro Bowl was started in 1951 and games were played in California.  There had been all-star games previously played but those were halted due to WWII.

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