The NFL has made significant changes to the Pro Bowl from what it has looked like in years past.
In an effort to have more players participate, and to make Pro Bowl events more watchable for fans, the NFL has launched its official statement on what this year’s event will look like.
This is tremendous. The 2023 Pro Bowl Games skills competitions are out and… I can’t wait to tell my kids when they get home from school that NFL players will play all their games pic.twitter.com/D9i4gAIfAv
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 11, 2023
Of these new events, one of the most notable is the “Best Catch.”
This contest is reminiscent of the NBA’s slam dunk contest and will allow some of the league’s best receivers to showcase their skills.
One twist to this is that competitors will create short clips of their best catches, filmed all around Las Vegas.
Another new event will showcase a grouping of previously underrepresented groups, members from special teams units.
In a game called “Kick Tac Toe,” punters, kickers, and long snappers will work together to play a game in a twist to the children’s game, Tic Tac Toe.
These teams will either need to hit three squares in a row, similar to the traditional game or, will be declared the winner if they are the first team to hit five overall squares.
At this new-look Pro Bowl, there will be eight skills events in total, and teams will be competing for a total of 24 points throughout those events.
There will also be two flag football teams, each with six points up for grabs.
Scores from flag football and the skills competitions will be compiled, and whichever conference has the most points will be declared the victor.