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Pro Bowl drops draft, returns to AFC vs NFC, and moves to Florida

Jun 1, 2016 at 1:14 PM


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The NFL's all-star game will return to the AFC against the NFC format that it had for so many years as well as abandoning Hawaii. On January 29, 2017, the Pro Bowl will once again feature an AFC squad and an NFC squad and will be held at Camping World Stadium (formerly the Orlando Citrus Bowl) in Orlando, Florida.

For three years, the league switched to a format that involved a draft of the top players voted on by fans, players, and coaches. The format allowed for teammates to play on opposite sides. For example, in January, San Francisco 49ers ILB NaVorro Bowman played for Team Irvin while teammate OT Joe Staley played for Team Rice.

"Hosting the NFL Pro Bowl is exactly the type of opportunity we had in mind when our community pulled together to invest in the reconstruction of Camping World Stadium. Orlando is the top tourist destination in the country and we look forward to providing players, staff, families, and fans from all levels of football an unforgettable week," said CEO of Florida Citrus Sports Steve Hogan.
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