Balloting for the 2016 Pro Bowl begins

For years, the NFL Pro Bowl has been criticized of being a free vacation for the players voted into the game. The players in the game have been criticized for not taking it seriously and the television ratings have suffered because of it.

Despite that and reports of the game being cancelled, the NFL is still holding its annual all-star game. This year’s contest takes place on January 31, 2016, a week before Super Bowl 50 and the NFL has begun taking votes for the game.

According to, the balloting for the Pro Bowl began on Monday and fans can start voting immediately. The 2016 Pro Bowl will follow the same format of the last two games with NFL legends drafting and captaining the teams.

This year’s captains are two previous captains: Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice.

Both have won the Pro Bowl in the past two seasons with Irvin winning in 2013 and Rice winning last year.

There are already a few playmakers that are sure locks for the Pro Bowl this year, so it’s going to be fun to see who steps up and earns a spot in the game for the rest of the season.

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to NFL