HONOLULU – The Pro Bowlers heard the calls of NFL
Commissioner Roger Goodell and AFC quarterback Peyton Manning. With threats of cancellation from the league
throughout the year, Manning spoke to both squads Monday night as Pro Bowl week
began. Both squads took notice,
especially the NFC.
The NFC romped in an entertaining, and intense game
62-35. Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle
Rudolph was the game's MVP. He caught 5
passes for 122 yards and a touchdown after replacing Tony Gonzalez.
"It's just an honor to be named to the roster, and to be on
the field with the great players in the NFL, this is just icing on the cake"
Rudolph, and others, chimed in on the quality of play in the
"It was good. I think guys were out there competing. And
they came to win. I strongly support the
game and I hope we keep it here, and we keep it here for a long time" said
Boy Max Unger added "I hope they keep it, because it was awesome. It's cool to
have the best football players in the world in Hawaii. I think that's what the people want and I
think the players want that too."
The Giants Victor Cruz perhaps said it best. "It definitely felt like a real game out
there. It felt like guys were really in tune and guys were hitting a little
bit. It wasn't just touch football out there. Guys were laying a couple of hits
out there. It had the energy of a real game. My body feels like I played a real
game. It was definitely different from years past."
The NFL previously stated it hopes to announce the future of
the game by mid-April, when the league schedule is announced for the upcoming