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Goodell: Pro Bowl 'exciting fun'

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 03:33 p.m. HST, Jan 27, 2014

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Sunday's Pro Bowl game "was a very, very positive step" for the game that he had considered canceling less than a year ago.

"You have to admit it was very competitive. It was exciting fun," Goodell said on ESPN radio today.

Team (Jerry) Rice won the game, 22-21, over Team (Deion) Sanders before an announced crowd of 47,270 at Aloha Stadium.

Goodell said, "Players played much harder. It was real football and it was something I give a lot of credit to the players (for). Domonique Foxworth (NFLPA president) worked with a lot of players to come up with a concept that they would all get excited about. And, this non-conference competition, particularly when you have to play against one of your own teammates, it added another element of interest to it. And, I believe, it was a very, very positive step and I salute the players and am glad that they had so much fun."

Goodell said, "I think fans had a fun time watching it. I know I did."

The commissioner's statement comes less than a year after he reportedly considered canceling the annual all-star game.  Foxworth told USA Today, "Roger was very serious about potentially canceling the Pro Bowl because apparently it's very expensive and isn't of a ton of value to them," Foxworth said. "To be honest with you, I was completely comfortable with eliminating it until I talked to the players, and they said they loved it and they want to be there."

With the game now apparently back in the league's good graces, the NFL has yet to announce where the 2015, '16 and '17 Pro Bowls will be held.

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serious wrote:
I didn't intend to watch it on TV since the last game was a "walk through". But, I think the new scheme worked and it was an exciting game--hope they keep that format and have it here again.
on January 27,2014 | 04:53AM
kiragirl wrote:
Changes can still be made such as the kicking policies but definitely was better in the past years. Hopefully the players will influence Goodell to hold in Hawaii.
on January 27,2014 | 06:14AM
paniolo wrote:
Was good for the local economy, but I think was better for the wives of the players. I'm sure they'll try and influence the Commissioner to hold it here again for the next couple years.
on January 27,2014 | 06:50AM
localguy wrote:
Roger Goodell never had the skills or cajones to play professional football, he would do well to heed the wish of the players by keeping the pro bowl in Hawaii. After a year of playing all over the USA in all kinds of weather, those players selected for the pro bowl treat it as an honor. Going to Hawaii, bring the wife and children, enjoy some free time in paradise, give back to local charities and work with children, all areas ever professional football player lives for. These same players make it crystal clear, a pro bowl held in other city they have already played in the dead of winter is completely unacceptable. They have earned this trip, who does Roger Boy think he is to say otherwise? Truly a legend in his own mind, Roger has some lousy ideas to change the game, as in no point after attempt. Hey Roger, don't fix what isn't broken. You do need to fix the quality of referees, declining, and ensure any and ever questionable play can be reviewed. The SFO playoff play where they recovered the ball is one example. Refs could not change what they knew to be wrong, your fault. Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
on January 27,2014 | 07:28AM
dlum003 wrote:
I watched a few mins here and there: am I the only one who thought it all looked really forced?
on January 27,2014 | 08:04AM
I didnt watch it and never have. Due to the politics of the pro sport it has little to do with the heart. I like a game that is played from the heart, not the money.
on January 27,2014 | 09:54AM
walaau808 wrote:
teammates knocking each other on their asses looked forced to you?
on January 27,2014 | 10:02AM
false wrote:
Yup, he's SHOULD have watched it.
on January 27,2014 | 10:26AM
gobows wrote:
I didnt care for the scheme. (too gimmicky) AFC vs NFC is fine. The players just have to play hard. That's all.
on January 27,2014 | 08:18AM
gobows wrote:
Looked like the Defense played harder this year. Most sacks ever. Not as many long, deep passes, imo
on January 27,2014 | 08:19AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Sadly, Goodell will do what is in the best interest of the NFL and the team owners. While I'm glad that the game was more appealing to watch, the game will go away for a while, maybe as long as 2018. The NFL is still on board with the theought that the Pro Bowl should be played at the same venue as the Super Bowl, which will be in Phoenix in 2015, Santa Clara in 2016 and Houston in 2017. And that despite the players, their families, the fans who travel and our local officials and residents who wish that the game stays here. The Pro Bowl was here this year because it is freezing in New Jersey right now.
on January 27,2014 | 08:41AM
MichaelG wrote:
Definitely an improvement over previous years. It was fun to watch and the players looked like they were trying to win.
on January 27,2014 | 09:22AM
boshio wrote:
Now if Goodell would listen to the tons of NFL fans that would prefer the SB be played in a dome stadium instead of an open air snow storm state, that game could be moved to a different day???? depending on the weather report?????? No thanks, may not even watch it on T.V.
on January 27,2014 | 09:22AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Improving the quality of play is easy. Regarding prize money, make it a winner-take-all pot.
on January 27,2014 | 09:31AM
How is it we can get 47k to go to this game which has no local feel to the game, yet, we cant even get 30k to fill our stadium for OUR OWN UH football. So sad.
on January 27,2014 | 09:52AM
false wrote:
uh…..the fans were watching NFL pros.
on January 27,2014 | 10:27AM
NotNasti wrote:
Uhhhh . . . we support winners?
on January 27,2014 | 10:30AM
false wrote:
Didn't get a chance to go but I say it was one of the best ones yet.
on January 27,2014 | 10:25AM
false wrote:
Huh? Really?!
on January 27,2014 | 10:28AM
roy2335 wrote:
Maybe the Hawaii contingent should consider the possibility of rotating the venue between the islands.
on January 28,2014 | 07:12AM
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