The NFL is keeping the Pro Bowl, the league and players association announced on Wednesday.
And its partly your fault, because you watch it.
In its announcement, the NFL said 12.5 million people watched the Pro Bowl last season. Why?
The NFLs statement acknowledged how awful the game has been.
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, said Ray Anderson, the NFLs executive vice president of football operations.
If Albert Haynesworth pulled his lying-on-the-field routine in a Pro Bowl, no one would even notice.
The basic problem with the Pro Bowl is the same problem with the other professional all-star games that stink no defense (plus, add the NFLers caution against injury). Might as well ditch the NBA and NHL all-star games, too. Baseballs all-star game was the first and remains the only one worth your time.
In his statement, Anderson also said: 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. In other words, they would like to continue to have a trip to Hawaii.
Pick Pro Bowl rosters. Give the players a free trip to Hawaii. Just dont play the game.
Ryan Anderson played four seasons for the Alabama Crimson Tide, though his career did not take off until his junior and senior seasons. In those two years, Anderson combined for 14.5 sacks and 30 tackles for loss.
Looking back at his biggest games is a fun excercise to see the 6-foot-2, 253 lbs., linebacker at his best.
- November 14, 2015 - Alabama @ Mississippi State - The Crimson Tide won this road game against Dak Prescott and the Bulldogs, and Anderson was a big part of the win. He registered five tackles along with two sacks and two tackles for loss and recovered a fumble. This marked Anderson's lone two sack game at 'Bama.
- October 8, 2016 - Alabama @ Arkansas - It's hard to remember now as the Tide steamrolled the Hogs, but there was a major upset alert when 'Bama traveled to Arkansas for a nationally televised game. Anderson showed up big time, making nine tackles to go with two tackles for loss and a sack. Nine tackles marked a career high.
- January 9, 2017 - Alabama vs Clemson - Anderson played his best game in the biggest spot. Yes, it was the only loss for Anderson in his final two seasons and it came in the national title game, but he was all over the field. Twice he made tackles for loss to go with one sack and seven total tackles, but he also forced a fumble and recovered two fumbles.
Bonus: Anderson scored one touchdown in his career. It came in the College Football Playoff game against Washington. He grabbed an interception and rumbled 26 yards for the TD. Notice a trend? In big games, Anderson delivers.
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The conference call that Redskins second-round pick Ryan Anderson had with the Washington media shortly after he was drafted got off to a slow start, with the former Crimson Tide linebacker giving short answers to a few questions.
But when he was asked what he would bring to the Redskins on the field, he became animated.
“I'm a play maker, I’m a game changer,” he said, with some emotion coming to his voice. “I'm a good teammate, I'm a good due to have in the locker room. I'm an old school football player, man. I'm not a workout warrior,
“I'm a football player. At the end of the day, that's why it boils down to. See ball, get ball, and strike the man in front of you. That's what I bring to the table.”
If Anderson lives up to his own billing, he could quickly become a fan favorite.
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