NFC Scores 42-30 Win In The Pro Bowl

By Lloyd Vance
Updated: February 11, 2008

PHILADELPHIA — Well, the NFL’s biggest snore fest called the Pro Bowl was played this weekend in Honolulu as NFC scored a 42-30 comeback victory over the AFC.

Rookie of the Year Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson continued his magical season by winning the game’s MVP award after running for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

Peterson said after the game “We didn’t get into the playoffs, so for me to come here and do this at the Pro Bowl means a lot. He added “I came with a goal: win the game and be MVP.”

Peterson joined future Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk (1995) as the only rookies to be voted MVP of the Pro Bowl. The former University of Oklahoma star had several highlight runs including a 39-yarder on one TD drive, and a 17-yard run where he made four AFC defenders miss him as he went in for the score.

In the end, the NFC players won $40,000 dollars which will help for their room service and bar bills, while the AFC team $20,000 compensation. The AFC still leads the all-time series 20-18.

I want to go on the record to say that I am not a big fan of the Pro Bowl. The game is a great reward for the players selected, but too often the week is about a vacation and very little about football.

Many veterans that have been selected tend to find an injury (See Tom Brady and Randy Moss) so they don’t have to make the long trip. I like that Commissioner Goodell is talking about moving the game to the mainland after Hawaii’s contract runs out in 2009 and holding it in possibly California, Florida, or Texas.

The players have all balked about the game’s possible move, liking the fun and sun of Hawaii better.

However something needs to get done. I was extremely disappointed that they didn’t even bother to hold the skills competition this year.

I have always loved the NFL’s fastest man competition — I can still see Hall of Famer Darrell Green, Willie Gault, Rod Woodson, Alexander Wright, Ron Brown, and others competing to see who held the title.

It was a shame to not see the speedsters or the other competitions where the NFL’s best show off their exceptional skills.

Here is hoping that they can find a way to “spice up” the event next year, so it looks more like an All Star game and less like an exhibition wrapped around an Aloha vacation.