Dodgeball will be a part of the new look ‘Pro Bowl Week’

Well, it's something different.

Rich Gannon of the Oakland Raiders, center, is flanked by reserve quarterbacks Kordell Stewart of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tom Brady at the Pro Bowl in 2002.
Rich Gannon, center, is flanked by fellow AFC quarterbacks Kordell Stewart and Tom Brady at the Pro Bowl in 2002. –AP Photo/Reed Saxon

The 2017 NFL Pro Bowl will showcase a return to normalcy on one hand, while simultaneously branching out in a new direction, according to a recent league announcement.

According to the NFL, “Epic Pro Bowl Dodgeball” will be included as one of the competitions in the “Skills Showdown” that will take place in the run-up to the game itself (played on January 26). Other competitions will be a timed relay race and a “Precision Passing” challenge, part of the league’s fresh approach to “Pro Bowl Week.”

The teams themselves will be composed of quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, linemen, linebackers, and defensive backs.


One aspect of the Pro Bowl that will return to its classic format is in the division of teams. After three years of “unconferenced” teams, the familiar AFC vs. NFC structure will be revisited.

The skills challenges will take place at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex in Florida. It will be produced by the same company that does American Ninja Warrior and Hell’s Kitchen.

The Pro Bowl rosters will be announced Tuesday, December 20.

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