Count Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice as one person who doesn't believe a new format will save the Pro Bowl. Rice would rather the players change their attitude about the game, instead.
"You've got prima donnas, egocentrics, who act like it's not an honor," Rice told USA TODAY Sports. "Plus, they're thinking, 'Why should I go and jeopardize what I'm doing?' But it should be for the fans.
"How can you get the players to recognize that it's an honor? You've got to play your best football in the Pro Bowl. So the spirit of this needs to be changed. I'm not sure that can be accomplished now."
The NFL recently announced a shake-up to the annual event by scrapping the traditional AFC vs. NFC format in favor of a draft style team selection. Rice was enlisted along with Deion Sanders as captains who will choose sides for the Pro Bowl players selected to compete in the game.
Rice isn't sold that the new twist will work, though. He also slammed players for not showing enough effort in the game in fear of getting injured.
"If they want a vacation, go to the Bahamas," said Rice, selected for 13 Pro Bowls. "Back in the day, it was an honor to play in the Pro Bowl."
If you play hard, everything will work out," Rice said. "You can get hurt walking down the stairs. I just don't understand."
Rice played in 13 Pro Bowls so he knows a thing or two about the game.
Via USA TODAY