Should the NFL change the date of the Pro Bowl? At least one superstar thinks so.
Tyreek Hill Pro Bowl
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who was just selected to his seventh straight Pro Bowl, believes the NFL should consider moving the game to the middle of the season. The game is currently played during the bye week between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl, making it the only one of the four major American professional sports to host its All-Star game after the end of the regular season.
While that was previously done to prevent players from getting injured during a meaningless exhibition game in the middle of the season, that's no longer an issue as the contest has been changed to a non-tackle flag football game.
The problem with Hill's suggestion is that it'd be much tougher to schedule the Pro Bowl and coordinate travel for players in the middle of the season, when everyone's on a different schedule. It's much easier right before the Super Bowl when nearly everyone is done for the season and has more free time on their hands.
That's just one of the kinks that would need to be worked out, but Hill's proposal is still an intriguing suggestion for the NFL to consider, as moving the game earlier in the year and creating a league-wide bye week could have benefits as well. The approach works well for the NBA, NHL and MLB, so perhaps the NFL should implement something similar, especially since the league has been open to tinkering with the game in the past.