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NFL Announces New Pro Bowl Format

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The NFL along with the NFL Player’s Association have decided on a completely new format for this year’s Pro Bowl, and if you happen to be a whiz at fantasy football you could be a part of it. The NFL’s version of an all-star game has been losing interest among fans and even players for some years now. With that in mind, NFLPA President Domonique Foxworth worked with a group of players and league representatives to overhaul the Pro Bowl format.

Gone are the days of the traditional NFC vs. AFC matchup. Instead, the league will hold a fantasy football style draft with two outstanding NFL.com fantasy players choosing the rosters with help from NFL Hall of Famers Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice. The Pro Bowl Draft will air on NFL Network on January 22, with the game being played in Honolulu on Sunday January 26.

Here are some other changes to the Pro Bowl format according to NFL.com:

The ball will change hands after each quarter, and two-minute warnings will be added to the first and third quarters so that quarterbacks will be more likely to conduct “two-minute drills” which add excitement to the game.

The coin-toss will determine possession. Kickoffs will be eliminated and the ball will be placed at the 25-yard line at the start of each period and after scoring.

Kick return specialists will be replaced by an additional defensive back.

Defenses will be allowed to play “cover two” and “press” coverage instead of just “man” coverage as in previous years.

Start honing your fantasy football skills, because you could be a part of the 2014 Pro Bowl Game in Honolulu this January.

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