Sports | November 18, 2020 11:09 am

NFL Pro Bowlers to Face Off in Madden Instead of Game

The league will hold a virtual Pro Bowl this year, with players competing in the popular video game

NFL Pro Bowlers to Face Off in Madden Instead of Game
The Pro Bowl logo on an official NFL football.
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Instead of facing off in a real-life game at the end of the season, 2020 NFL Pro Bowlers will play each other in the Madden NFL 21 video game from EA Sports.

The virtual Pro Bowl between the players who have been voted onto the teams by fans will be the highlight of a weeklong series of matchups featuring celebrities, NFL Legends, current players, and streamers playing as the official Pro Bowl rosters in Madden NFL 21.

“Even amidst unparalleled change across the sports industry, we are excited to transition many of the signature components of the Pro Bowl — which will go virtual in Madden NFL 21 — into a new innovative experience for our players and fans. We remain committed to using our Pro Bowl platform to empower fans to virtually celebrate the best players in the game,” said NFL executive VP of club business and events Peter O’Reilly.

Though it is a bit tough to imagine anyone actually tuning in, the virtual games will be available for fans to watch across a variety of platforms.

“We’re excited to work closely with the NFL, our long-time partner, to move the Pro Bowl to the virtual fields of Madden NFL and be part of the first high-profile sporting event to go virtual,” said EA executive VP of marketing Chris Bruzzo. “Our community is hungry for more interactive experiences, so we are always working to create more opportunities to bring them closer to the sports they love.”

The NFL opened monthlong fan voting for the first virtual Pro Bowl on Tuesday.