(from FrolicHawaii.com 2/1/16 – Amanda Stevens)
Sunday’s Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium is history now, so you know that team captain Michael Irvin led his players to a 49-27 victory over Team Jerry Rice. Seattle’s Russell Wilson threw three first-half touchdown passes and earned offensive MVP honors, and teammate Michael Bennett was defensive MVP. Pregame entertainment included Rachel Platten singing her hit “Fight Song,” plus the Kamehameha Schools children’s choir and a keiki hula performance.
To help stop the yearly rumors that Pro Bowl is leaving Hawaii, here are my Top 5 reasons Hawaii deserves to host the Pro Bowl.
No. 5: Players love it. Most humans including pro NFL players love the perks of a trip to Hawaii in the dead of winter. And the islands are a great family-friendly locale.
No. 4: Two words: military and kids. It’s a lot more than just the game and all the parties. Pro Bowl always has special perks for kids and the military.
No. 3: It’s sunny and 80-plus degrees. Wave hi to your friends in Seattle, Chicago and New York! And make sure you’re wearing shorts and rubber slippers.
No. 2: Post season or not, the athletes play hard. This includes NFL veterans, but especially the first-timers (action shots by Lyle Amine).
No. 1: A sell-out crowd. Fifty thousand fans filling Aloha Stadium looks good on national TV. Hawaii WANTS the Pro Bowl.