Talk of Pro Bowl coming to Arizona

Posted by Darren Urban on February 25, 2014 – 5:04 pm

A couple of years ago, the Pro Bowl was moved to Miami, which that year was also the site of the Super Bowl. The idea was to incorporate the Pro Bowl on the front end of the Super Bowl week to come. Now come multiple reports that next year’s Pro Bowl is being seriously considered to move to University of Phoenix Stadium, which also will be hosting the Super Bowl a week later. First reported by Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, it certainly would make the Valley king of the NFL in late January.

It’s an interesting concept. The NFL still sees a lot of players bail out for the Pro Bowl and the league would like to slow that down. By the same token, you’d think Hawaii would be a bigger draw for players than anywhere on the mainland. At least the Pro Bowl was more competitive and looked more like a football game this past season.

Cardinals players wouldn’t even have to go anywhere. Of course, they are hoping to not even get to play in the game because their season would still be alive — although they wouldn’t have to travel for that game either.


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  1. By UK cards fan on Feb 25, 2014 | Reply

    That would be awesome to have all the pro bowlers right in our back yard. I hope this new bill doesn’t negatively impact our chance to host this game or future super bowls (if it isn’t vetoed).

  2. By Andy Kw on Feb 25, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Do you think that the Arizona Cardinals will offer a multi year or any deal to WR Andre Roberts?

    And there are rumors around that the Washington Redskins could be interested in him. I just want confirmation if that is true .

  3. By Darren Urban on Feb 25, 2014 | Reply

    Andy Kw –

    RE: Roberts

    I’d think they’d extend him an offer. May not be multi-year and might not be for what he wants. Andre also knows he won’t catch as many balls as he wants in AZ.

  4. By georgiebird on Feb 25, 2014 | Reply

    The real headline s/b – Talk of Super Bowl leaving Arizona. I hope Brewer signs the Bill. PC PC PC- it’s gone way overboard.

  5. By jasonc on Feb 25, 2014 | Reply

    day 3 and 4 of the combine thoughts…

    Aaron Donald was the most impressive athlete at the combine this year in my humble opinion he is 6’1 285 ran a 4.68 40, benched 35 reps, vertical leap 32 inches and had a 9 and 1/2 foot broad jump. Before you people call him a workout warrior he had huge production this year, was outstanding during the senior bowl and winner of several post season awards. I know he doesn’t seem to have enough height to play DE in a traditional 3-4 so you’d think he wouldn’t be on our radar….curious how we evaluate him and what kind of draft day grade he receives. He might be sticking out like a sore thumb if he’s still there at 20. I was disappointed in Barr and Mack performances. Even though they showed first round ability I didn’t see enough explosiveness for them to be top 5 picks and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them drop out of the top 10.

    Justin Gilbert was awesome and I take him over everyone else in this draft not named Jake Matthews, Taylor Lewan or Greg Robinson. Pryor and Clinton-DIx reminded me of Barr and Mack in that they did enough to warrant their first round status but didn’t do anything to shoot them up the boards. Either one of them would be solid picks for us but I have them after Gilbert Ealy and Ford and ahead of Dennard.

  6. By Scott H on Feb 25, 2014 | Reply

    Got a better idea…just move the Pro Bowl to where it truly belongs – gone altogether. Seriously. In terms of the GAME itself, it has become so completely irrelevant at this point, it becomes more of a joke every year the NFL allows it to continue. What they did this past year, with Team Sanders and Team Rice? Um….folks, if THAT wasn’t an indication that the NFL is TOTALLY out of ideas as to what to do with this thing, then I would hate to see what they come up with next year.

    Pro sports all-star games are ALL just a total joke at this point. They all suck. What was the score of the NBA all star game the other night? I mean, how long before that game goes into the 200’s???

    Having players voted as all stars and / or pro bowlers is great. Keep that. But there really doesn’t need to be a game for any of these sports when the game is not really a game at all.

    Moving it to Arizona? Whatever. Who cares where it is? I’ll tell ya this – if I’m an NFL player, the ONLY reason I might be psyched about being in the Pro Bowl is because of the trip to Hawaii. They take THAT away? No thanks.

    Then again…..perhaps there is a way to kill two HUGE birds with one stone. Since the NFL is so intent on having some games played in foreign countries, why not give London the Pro Bowl and let the home cities in this country keep their home games? That works for me! All those in favor?

    PS – any other countries who want an NFL game can have a pre-season game. The regular season games should stay HERE. Seriously. I have nearly 40 years invested in being a Cardinals fan. And I get 8 precious home games in a season. Oh, but someone in Mexico City who hasn’t invested a single day of their lives in being a Cardinals fan should get one of those games just so they can have an NFL experience? No friggin way, man.

  7. By Andy Kw on Feb 25, 2014 | Reply

    Thanks Darren. Just knowing that the Cardinals will make an attempt to bring him back makes things better. Andre Roberts has one of the best hands in football and it would be a shame to let him walk. He can make those David Tyree catches with his helmet and look at his consistency because that cannot be denied. If we bring him back, our team will be in good position for making a run in the NFC West.

  8. By Andy Kw on Feb 26, 2014 | Reply

    CB Justin Gilbert to Arizona hopefully!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is impressive.

  9. By D on Feb 26, 2014 | Reply

    Hope you all watched the coverage on the DB players in this year’s draft…it appears deep. Cards can get a good Safety and Corner if they choose. Everything depends on what they first do in free agency of course, but I see this a good year to get a long term safety.
    With the injury to HoneyBadger and not resigning Cason Bell and Arenas I could see them between the draft and free agency obtain at least 3 players this offseason.

    Let’s review their current secondary under contract-
    PP-stud-will get a top 5 deal for CB.
    J. Powers-national people think AZ will release but as Cards fans we have seen so many CB’s over the years opposite of our good corner, he actually is decent-signed through 2015-plus he is a BA guy.
    T. Mattieu-let’s all hope he can come back and be our nickel CB or at times free safey-kid has game.
    R. Johnson-signed through 2015- has not been the player the Cards thought they drafted from ALA-needs to show something in 2014.
    J. Bethel-special teams stud–need to have him step up as a CB-would add some depth
    Jefferson and Taylor–unknown at this point

  10. By clssylssy on Feb 26, 2014 | Reply

    From the looks of things, Arizonians can’t stand the prospect of becoming relevant as evidenced by politicians who insist on creating a firestorm of negativity for tourism that even has the NFL threatening to move the Super Bowl some place else rather than host it in the very climate of intolerance and bigotry that they are trying to combat. In light of the current political climate here why on earth would Arizona be rewarded with a Pro Bowl unless it is to drive a final nail in the coffin of this tradition (which Goodell wants to do anyway)?
    While many fans don’t see the value of the ProBowl, it is a football tradition, and, with the ever changing face of the game because of excessive rule changes, etc., I’m for leaving things as they are and hanging on to all remnants of the game I grew up with and love. We are a breath away from Madden fantasy football as it is ! The ProBowl, like the HOF Game is meant to be an exhibition game and not intended to be the Super Bowl! Allowing the fan vote was the beginning of the end for the Pro Bowl, turning it into a circus and popularity contest rather than honoring the greats for outstanding performance and merit. The year the ProBowl was in Miami, the players raised the roof and I can’t imagine anyone feeling that a trip to Arizona would be any kind of an honor or reward! Rather, the NFL in all of it’s greed, has no room for the non income producing activities and Goodell has made it his mission to eliminate these things in exchange for expanding his empire nationally.
    At a time when the Arizona Cardinals are poised to breakout and be a threat this entire situation is distressful on so many levels. I do applaud the Cardinal Organization for joining the NFL and major businesses for speaking out against this political knife in the back!

  11. By Burns on Feb 26, 2014 | Reply

    I didn’t even read the article as it won’t matter! If Brewer signs a law that takes us back to the 1950’s. We won’t see a PB here EVER! And the SB may get moved costing thousands of non hating Arizonan’s MILLIONS of dollars.

  12. By Scott H on Feb 26, 2014 | Reply

    Nobody said the Pro Bowl needed to be the Super Bowl. I think we understand that is not the intent. But it also shouldn’t be a complete joke, either. And being a joke is actually BECOMING the tradition of the Pro Bowl.

    Like I said, send it to London. That would be perfect. It would keep the Pro Bowl alive and perhaps give it more of a purpose, And it would be the PERFECT game to help build a following over seas because they would get to see the “best” players in the game as opposed to what might be a lousy game with a bad team like the Buccaneers. Trouble is, you would have players dropping out left and right because I don’t think THEY are interested in playing games over seas.

  13. By Burns on Feb 26, 2014 | Reply

    Yes send it to london. Spot on!!! The SB was lost over the MLK holiday. Lets not be the last bastion of neanderthals. C’Mon were a better state than this.

  14. By Burns on Feb 26, 2014 | Reply

    Happy for the state after Gov. G. Brewer vetoed anti gay bill. To bad it took outside pressure to make such an easy call. Now lets move forward to a SB and a possible PB.

  15. By Burns on Feb 26, 2014 | Reply

    I know sports and politics is a big no no. But better get used to this. Richie and Martin, M. Sam, N word. Sorry but it;s a brave new world and sports is not excluded.

  16. By Eazy E on Mar 1, 2014 | Reply

    Hawaii should be the spot and after the super bowl for goodness sakes! I’m sure Arizona is nice, but players look forward to Hawaii to kick their feet up and enjoy themselves!

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