The Pro Bowl returns for another season in Hawaii; game set for Jan. 27

Rodgers said last January that he was embarrassed by the effort given in the Pro Bowl. (US Presswire)

While the Pro Bowl seems to be winding its way to a near-certain death (or, at the very least, continued irrelevance), it will stagger on for yet another season.

Despite Roger Goodell’s assertion a few months ago that he was considering eliminating the event, the NFL and NFLPA announced Wednesday afternoon that the Pro Bowl will return to Hawaii the week before the Super Bowl. That means you should set your DVR for Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. ET where you can catch all the live action emanating from Aloha Stadium on NBC.

“The players have made it clear through the NFL Players Association that they would like the opportunity to continue to play the Pro Bowl in Hawaii,” said NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson in a statement. “We will support the players on this initiative to improve the Pro Bowl. We have had many discussions with the players in recent years about the Pro Bowl and they recognize that the quality of the game has not been up to NFL standards. We look forward to working with the players toward the goal of improving the competitiveness of this season’s game.”

“The players believe that the Pro Bowl is an important tradition,” said NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth.  “We worked hard with the league to make sure the best players in the NFL are honored for their achievements on the field.”

Sure, we make fun of the Pro Bowl because it’s utterly unwatchable from a football (or an effort) point of view. But people watch it. An average of 12.5 million viewers viewed last year’s version, and it was the most-watched all-star game of any sport in 2011.

Hopefully, this year’s even won’t be quite as embarrassing to some of the players who are participating. I have my doubts, though.

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