Pro Bowl Cancelled for the First Time Since 1949

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Anna Bauer ’23

Sports Editor

This past Wednesday, the NFL announced that for the first time in over 70 years, the 2021 Pro Bowl, where the league’s best play each other, will be cancelled because of COVID-19. The NFL has decided to focus their efforts on successfully completing the regular season and post-season throughout the pandemic. 

As of right now, COVID-19 has caused 12 NFL games to be postponed and rescheduled, and 11 teams have been directly impacted. Understandably, the NFL did not want to risk mixing players from various teams as it could derail the Super Bowl and, for sure, no one wants that.  

Las Vegas was supposed to host the 2021 Pro Bowl at Allegiant Stadium; however, given the cancellation, the league decided they will now host the 2022 Pro Bowl instead. 

Despite not being able able to actually have the Pro Bowl, the NFL is still committed to selecting teams. As per usual, fans, coaches, and the players themselves will be able to vote for which players they want representing their conference as the NFC’s best would usually play the AFC’s best. Voting will begin in mid-November and the official rosters will be revealed in December. 

Though the physical football game cannot be played, the league is striving to create various engaging activities in replacement. 

The pandemic has derailed a lot. While it is changing the way many things are done, it is also, unfortunately, causing many things to be cancelled too–the NFL Pro Bowl is sadly no exception. As of late, it is the most recent major NFL event to be altered or cancelled. With any luck, the rest of the NFL season will go off without another hitch. 


Brendan W. Clark '21 is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Trinity Tripod, Trinity College's student newspaper.

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