The Last Pro Bowl in Hawaii With NFL Moving it To Orlando
I have never won much of anything in my life. I do recall winning a six pack of Dr. Pepper from a local radio station when I was a kid, but that’s about it.
Back then my mom used to play I all these sweepstakes; Publisher’s Clearing House, Reader’s Digest, etc.
She never won anything and I always thought that any sweepstakes were just a scam. I was not entirely correct.
Fast-forward to 2017.
I was sitting at home last summer when my fiance’ sent me a text. “I won, I won”, she said. I thought, yeah, sure, what did you win honey?
I figured she won something small like I did with the Dr. Pepper. Nope. This lady won an all expense paid trip to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii!
Perhaps even, the last Pro Bowl to ever be played there.
We packed our bags, flew to Oahu and of course had a blast. I was able to meet and greet some of the greatest pro football players of all time, including Jerry Rice, hall of fame wide receiver from the San Fransisco 49’rs. I am deeply saddened that I may have witnessed the last Pro Game to be played in this beautiful paradise.
The decision has been made for the 2018 Pro Bowl to be played in Orlando, Florida at Camping World Stadium. The NFL announced this decision back on June 1, 2016, as part of the league’s efforts to make the Pro Bowl more relevant. Lower TV ratings than regular season games as caused observers and commentators to express their disfavor.
The biggest concern of teams is to avoid injuries to the star players. From my experience being at the airport and seeing some players and their families boarding the plane; It was obvious that traveling half way around the world to play a game of football had also become disfavorable to the players. Even Adrian Peterson’s brother, who happened to be seated next to me on the way home, was out like a light before the plane even took off.
Except for two years, The Pro Bowl has been played at Aloha Stadium on the island of Oahu, Hawaii between 1980 and 2016. It has been a tradition to watch this football all-star game throughout the years and see the beauty of Hawaii from our television screens. Now, we will have to wait and see if and when the NFL will return to the island.