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Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 02/05/2012

Commissioner Roger Goodell says NFL might eliminate Pro Bowl

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a radio interview Sunday that the league and players must find ways to improve the quality of play in the Pro Bowl or eliminating the game might be a consideration.

   “We’re either going to have to improve the quality of what we’re doing in the Pro Bowl or consider other changes or even considering eliminating the game if that’s the kind of quality game we’re going to provide,” Goodell said during an appearance on ESPN radio, according to the network’s Web site.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers a question during a news conference on Friday. (David J. Phillip - Associated Press)

   The lack of intensity in this year’s Pro Bowl previously had been criticized by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

   George Atallah, the assistant executive director of external affairs for the NFL Players Association, wrote Sunday on Twitter: “The Pro Bowl is an important tradition; one that we as players want to keep."

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