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The Pro Bowl's search for meaning

Why can't the NFL find a way to make its all-star game a real happening?

Originally Published: January 26, 2012
By Scoop Jackson | ESPN.com

The Pro Bowl … People -- players (?!) -- will tell you, "You have to be there" to enjoy it or even to understand it.

The Pro Bowl … Hawaii. The annual paid-in-full vacation week for the NFL elite. Invite only.

The Pro Bowl … No Tom Brady. No New York Giants. No Ray Rice. No Arian Foster. No Matthew Stafford or Calvin Johnson. No Troy Polamalu or Robert Mathis. No Green Bay Packer, Baltimore Raven or New Orleans Saint really wants to be there after his realistic ...

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