No player in their right mind wants to risk getting injured for a terrible all-star game that nobody watches (and their employers especially do not want them getting hurt). So, they either tell the league they aren’t going to play by making up an injury, or they go, and don’t try at all. No fan wants to watch an offensive lineman take one step and allow a defensive end to casually jog around him so he can hug the quarterback, who by now has decided to just throw a deep ball to a big name wide receiver to see if he can outrun a corner who isn’t going to attempt to stay with him.
The fans don’t watch it and the players and organizations don’t want it played. So, what should the league do instead? Simply have fans vote for who should deserves to be considered a Pro Bowler, and then have the coaches select a handful of players who are deserving but not voted by fans. Honor the players, maybe make it a weekend of skills competitions and speeches, but don’t play the actual game. Football is a dangerous game, and these players shouldn’t be playing if it isn’t for their teams, it isn’t worth risking their livelihoods.
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