So what is this Pro Bowl that is here this week in Miami?
Simply put, it’s the National Football League’s annual all-star game pitting between players from the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC).
Tickets are still available and you could even win a pair to the game courtesy of Miami.com – just click here to enter.
If you are wondering, players from the two teams who will be playing in the Super Bowl and were also selected for the Pro Bowl will not participate in the all-star game. They have a bigger prize they need to rest up and get ready for. That is also one reason some analysts have criticized playing the Pro Bowl before the Super Bowl.
The current AFC-NFC Pro Bowl format, which began in 1971, rotated annually between host sites until 1980 when it moved to Honolulu. The 2010 game also won’t be South Florida’s first Pro Bowl: the 1975 game took place in Miami’s Orange Bowl. The game has been held in Tampa, Seattle, Dallas, Kansas City, New Orleans and Los Angeles on three occassions.
It’s not a new notion to have the game moved up to take place between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl. The NFL has discussed it multiple times in recent years, and Goodell told the Associated Press last month that having the game precede the Super Bowl would avoid a “somewhat anticlimactic” ending to the season.
The teams will practice at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale from Wednesday, Jan. 27 through Saturday, Jan. 30. Saturday’s practice will be open to the public and begins at 9 a.m. with the NFC squad and then 10 a.m. with the AFC. After practice the USA vs. The World high school football all-star game will take place.
On Sunday at Sun Life Stadium The Honor Society will perform the pregame show and national anthem.