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Houston submits bid to host 2017 Pro Bowl

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Houston places bid for 2017 Pro Bowl (0:53)

NRG Stadium will be hosting Super Bowl LI next year, and city officials are hoping Houston can also host the Pro Bowl the week before. (0:53)

HOUSTON -- Houston will be hosting Super Bowl LI next year, but they're hoping for more.

The city has a bid in to the NFL to host next year's Pro Bowl, which is played the weekend between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl.

"I know the NFL is trying to consolidate the Super Bowl experience with the Pro Bowl," Houston mayor Sylvester Turner said. "They would like them to be held in the same city. It just makes it much easier for everyone who is traveling to the Super Bowl. There's a possibility there. It would be ideal if it could happen."

Ric Campo, the chairman of Houston's Super Bowl committee, said the city's bid to host the Pro Bowl was up against the bids of Hawaii and a few other places. They hope to have an answer by the spring.

The Pro Bowl has been held in Hawaii in all but two of the past 30 years. The times it was outside Hawaii, it was held in the same city that hosted the Super Bowl. In 2010, Miami hosted both games, as did the Phoenix area in 2015.

"When Arizona had the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl, their economic benefit was like $720 million," Turner said. "When New Orleans had the Super Bowl, their economic benefit was $480 million; we're anticipating an economic benefit of more than $500 million."

The Pro Bowl serves as a reward for the league's top players. Many take their families or teammates to Hawaii for the week.

"The player experience is key, and that's why they've been in Hawaii for a long time," Campo said. "The challenge is just destination appeal for players. ... What we have to do is convince not only the NFL but the players and broader constituents that Houston is a great place to come, live, play, work and vacation."