Pro Bowl Pushed Back to Feb. 9

The Pro Bowl, the NFL's season-ending all-star game, will be played in Honolulu, Hawaii on Saturday, Feb. 9.

The game will kick off at 4:30 p.m. (ET) from Aloha Stadium and will be televised nationally by ABC-TV. It will be the first Pro Bowl to be played on a Saturday in the 23 years Hawaii has hosted the event.

Moving Super Bowl XXXVI back one week to Feb. 3 necessitated the switch of the Pro Bowl.

Fans can vote for the AFC and NFC All-Star teams on the NFL's website, nfl.com. Online balloting for the Pro Bowl will conclude Jan. 7.

This season, fans also can cast their votes until December 2 through interactive voting kiosks available at more than 5,200 participating Blockbuster stores nationwide. With more than 70 percent of the U.S. population living within 10 minutes of a Blockbuster store, more fans than ever can help send the NFL's best players to Hawaii.

The AFC and NFC All-Star squads are made up of the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group's vote counts one-third towards determining the 43-man rosters that represent the American Football Conference and National Football Conference in the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on December 26-27.

The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. It was the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.


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