The NFL will be holding the annual Pro Bowl today, but it’ll be conducted unlike any other Pro Bowl: virtually via a videogame.
The game will feature still feature the AFC taking on the NFC, but it’ll be a 4-on-4 videogame played via Madden 21. Representing the AFC are rapper Snoop Dogg (rapper), QB Deshaun Watson, RB Derrick Henry, and retired WR Keyshawn Johnson. Representing the NFC are NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace, retired RB Marshawn Lynch, QB Kyler Murray, and S Jamal Adams.
The Cleveland Browns will be represented in the videogame by three players who made the Pro Bowl roster: RB Nick Chubb, LG Joel Bitonio, and DE Myles Garrett. Bitonio and Garrett will be starters, while Chubb is backing up Henry.
Originally, if this had been a normal in-person game, each member of the winning team would have taken home $74,000, while the losing side would have taken home $37,000. However, part of the concessions made during the revised CBA for this season was that the Pro Bowl gameday incentives would be eliminated if there was no in-person game this year.
How to Watch the Game
ESPN/ABC will still be televising the Pro Bowl event. Here’s everything you need to know in order to watch the 2021 NFL Pro Bowl:
What: 2021 NFL Pro Bowl
Who: NFC vs. AFC
When: Sunday, Jan. 31, 3:00 PM ET
Where: From each player’s home (and various studios)
TV Channel: ABC, ESPN
From 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, there will be a “Pro Bowl celebration,” featuring two hours of roundtable discussion and film breakdown of the top players in the NFL. Then, the Madden NFL 21 portion will kick off at 5:00 PM ET, with each “player” on a team taking playing one quarter of action.