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NFL announces new and exciting changes to the Pro Bowl (not really)

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The NFL recently announced some changes to the league's annual complete waste of time all-star game: the Pro Bowl. You're probably VERY excited to hear about them assuming you haven't already closed this article.

Unlike past years when the event has taken place in Hawaii and Arizona, the 2017 Pro Bowl will be held in Orlando, Florida. The other big change is that the NFL is doing away with the whole "Pro Bowl draft" thing they've been doing in recent years. Now it's going back to the old NFC versus AFC format. Hooray?

Each year everyone talks about how much the Pro Bowl is pointless and dumb. Some people, including BGN's own Matt Harkenreader, have suggested ideas to make the event not suck so much. But those changes never happen and the game still takes place despite having the (likely) lowest ratings in event history last year.

The Philadelphia Eagles sent four of their players to the Pro Bowl last year: Jason Peters (who didn't attend and never does), Fletcher Cox, Darren Sproles, and Malcolm Jenkins. Who do you think the Birds will be sending to the all-star game that no one care about this year?

Among the highlights of PRO BOWL WEEK:

Pro Bowl AFC and NFC practices will be held alongside youth football competitions, activities and fan events at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, which annually hosts more than 100 youth sports events, such as the Pop Warner Super Bowl.

The 2017 Pro Bowl players will also be able to invite their former youth or high school coach to be a part of the celebrations during the week. Players on the winning Pro Bowl team will receive a grant from the NFL Foundation to support their youth or high school football program.

The annual USA Football National Conference will take place during the week leading up to the Pro Bowl. USA Football, the sport's national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, leads the largest annual conference of high school and youth football administrators and high school coaches in the United States. More than 650 participants from all 50 states attended USA Football's 2016 National Conference in Indianapolis, addressing coach education, player safety and key trends through inspiring speakers representing youth, high school, collegiate and pro levels.

The Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award winner will be announced during the Pro Bowl as part of a year-long recognition of high school coaches on ESPN. The award honors high school football coaches that display the integrity, achievement, and leadership exemplified by Pro Football Hall of Famer DON SHULA, the winningest coach in NFL history.

Pro Bowl festivities for youth and their families will take place throughout the week across Orlando, including a Pro Bowl-themed 5k run and a parade of Pro Bowl players in the Magic Kingdom.