The NFL quietly announced today that two new slots will open up for punt-return specialists on the 2014 AFC and NFC Pro Bowl rosters.
“Based on our ongoing conversations with the NFL Players Association, we both agreed it would be best to keep return specialists on our Pro Bowl ballot,” says Ray Anderson, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations. “The focus of these discussions has been to enhance the Pro Bowl experience for players and fans. Keeping our most exciting punt-return specialists involved in the game while providing more roster flexibility on defense will aid that effort.”
Previously, the two positions had been lost back in August when the league decided to increase the number of cornerbacks on each team from six to eight. Eight cornerbacks per roster? Why not make it sixteen per roster and everyone gets a trip to Hawaii for gold stars and popsicles?
As of this date, fans and players alike have yet to receive the annual in-season lecture from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about how everyone just needs to take the ratings juggernaut seriously for reals this time guys it’s just embarrassing at this point to call it football, although Pro Bowl enthusiasts (like myself*) were given a glimpse of the 2014 Nike Elite 51 uniforms last week.
*I’ve been lobbying for a trip to cover the Pro Bowl with my friend Holly Anderson for seven years now. What more do you want out of us, NFL? WE’RE WILLING TO PLAY BALL. In Hawaii! In February!