Today the NFL announced its decision to cancel the 2021 Pro Bowl Game due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but they did state that fans can still vote for their favorite players.
According to Bleacher Report, the league plans to still hold a voting process to recognize the best players, but won’t have them take the field for the Pro Bowl.
“The NFL will continue to recognize the players’ outstanding seasons and welcome fans to demonstrate their passion for their favorite players when voting for the 2021 Pro Bowl Roster begins on November 17th. The full Pro Bowl rosters will be revealed in December, where the players are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts as one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who are selected to the Pro Bowl roster.”
The 2021 Pro Bowl was originally slated to be played in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium on Jan. 31. Now the 2022 Pro Bowl will be awarded to Las Vegas, as per the league.
The NFL also announced that it is working with the NFLPA and other partners to create other virtual activities to serve as alternatives for the actual game. Fans will still be able to vote for players to the Pro Bowl roster starting Nov. 17, with the full rosters revealed in December.