The internet has asked for it and it might have taken a while, but the NFL listened. There will be an NFL Skills competition, akin to the NHL and NBA All-Star versions, during Pro Bowl week in Orlando, Florida the week before Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas.
The competition, pitting the AFC and NFC against each other will air Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN, the NFL announced today.
The Skills Showdown is a part of the re-imagined Pro Bowl Week, culminating in the 2017 Pro Bowl, which features a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC format following three years using a revised, “unconferenced” structure.
The 2017 Pro Bowl Legends Captains, Jerome Bettis and Ray Lewis of the AFC and Tony Gonzalez and Charles Woodson of the NFC, will lead their respective squads.
Each team in the Skills Showdown will feature a mix of quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, linemen, linebackers, and defensive backs.
Taking place at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, the Skills Showdown will be produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions, producers of such shows as American Ninja Warrior and Hell’s Kitchen.
- Power Relay Challenge: Four team members will compete in a timed relay race.
- Epic Pro Bowl Dodgeball: Pro Bowlers will compete in a game of dodgeball.
- Precision Passing: Two players on each team will battle it out, trying to hit moving targets of varying size and distance.
- Best Hands: Quarterback and wide receiver duos from each team will show off their skills, connecting on as many pass attempts as possible before time runs out.