January 29, 2016 - Jesse Lawrence
Pro Bowl Returns To Hawaii For Final Game Before Monumental Super Bowl 50
After a brief hiatus holding the National Football League's annual All-Star game at the site of the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl is back in Honolulu, Hawaii at Aloha Stadium, celebrating the best players of the 2015 NFL season. And it's literally the most star-packed in the history of the event, featuring 133 players that were either voted into the Pro Bowl or selected as an alternate. Of course, not all 133 players will be participating in the event, as many turned down the event either due to injury or lack of interest. Plus, there's also that stipulation that players from teams who will be in the Super Bowl one week later cannot participate in the game. The Carolina Panthers had an NFL-high 10 players tabbed to play in the event, while the Denver Broncos had four, so those individuals are ineligible for this special All-Star contest. In turn, it's a chance to see some of the sport's brightest and most promising up-and-coming players that otherwise wouldn't be sharing this stage with the league's most established stars. Quarterbacks like Jameis Winston, Derek Carr, and Teddy Bridgewater -- three youngsters with high potential to be franchise quarterbacks in the years to come -- will now be lacing up the cleats alongside the likes of proven winners Eli Manning and Russell Wilson. It’s reasons like this excitement surrounding Pro Bowl tickets has increased. For those looking to celebrate the 2015 NFL season one last time before Super Bowl 50 kicks off in San Francisco, Hipmunk.com has everything for fans to make the trip and create the perfect football getaway. They have cheap Honolulu flights from a variety of different airlines, while also featuring affordable hotel rooms in Honolulu within close proximity of Aloha Stadium that start at just $79. It’s not just the quarterback position that will implement an infusion of talented youth. At running back, there is Latavius Murray and Todd Gurley, a pair of young players who could very well be the class of their position in the near-future, getting the chance to team up with established studs like Adrian Peterson and Doug Martin. At receiver, you have young studs like Amari Cooper and Allen Robinson who have blossomed so early on, now being able to share the primetime stage with elite wide receivers like Julio Jones, Odell Beckham Jr., and DeAndre Hopkins. Of course, it's not just about the offense, as you get the same unique blend of talent on the defensive side of the ball as well. There's Clay Matthews, Richard Sherman, Charles Woodson, and NaVorro Bowman representing the old guard, while newcomers like Everson Griffen, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Lavonte David get the chance to participate thanks to late openings. The format of the game will continue in the fashion that debuted back in the 2014 Pro Bowl, with each team being selected and captained by two NFL Hall-of-Famers. That would be Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin, two of the top receivers of all-time, while Darren Woodson and Eric Davis garner the honors of being co-captains. When the two teams take the field on Jan. 31, one thing will be for certain: there will be plenty of star-power on hand participating in one of the most fun football bouts of the entire year. As is always the case, there should be plenty of offense on display, which is just one of the many reasons people tune into the Pro Bowl annually.