January 30, 2011 by staff
“Then you say,” OK. “I did it again.” You really appreciate it, “All-Pro linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens said.” This is the reward. With the Pro Bowl being here is the reward. ”
Pro Bowl Sunday marks the return to Hawaii – where he had been since 1980 – after spending a year in Miami in the NFL experience to combine business-Star game with the Super Bowl.
“That’s where everybody wants to go,” said tight end Tony Gonzales Atlanta Falcons, making his 11th appearance leading NFC Pro Bowl.
Hawaii is the payment of U.S. and 4 million per game to keep the Pro Bowl this year and in 2012, when Indianapolis hosts the Super Bowl. Pro Bowl but the site has not been determined beyond, with the 2013 Super Bowl scheduled for New Orleans and 2014 scheduled for East Rutherford, NJ
But Hawaii, which became synonymous with the Pro Bowl, is in shock and 844 million projected deficit for the past 2 1 / 2 years.
Neil Abercrombie governor in his first State of the State address on Monday suggested diverting some of the 44 million and the Hawaii Tourism Authority dedicated to marketing infrastructure needs.
The Democrat and former congressman wants longstanding also decide the fate of the 50,000 seats aging Aloha Stadium, home to the Pro Bowl. He said that other maintenance related to health and safety, “I will return all other funds for capital improvements to Aloha Stadium for other projects.”
We do not know what that means for the future of the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, but they will play the key points in future negotiations between the NFL and the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
If players have their say, they clearly want the game to stay in the islands.
“There is no better place for it,” Indianapolis Colts Peyton Manning said the quarterback.
Falcon’s fullback Ovie Mughelli Atlanta said there was no comparison between Hawaii.
“I have nothing against Florida, but Hawaii is Hawaii,” he said. “For the guys who worked hard in mini-camp, training camp, the off-season and go through bumps and bruises, I feel so Hawaii is a better way to reward them than just going to Miami. ”
Lewis, who lives in Miami and played at the University of Miami, said he had the game at home would not be a reward for the players because they play in Florida for the season.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said: “We can go to Miami any time. Go to Hawaii, on the water, is special. ”
Even the Miami Dolphins linebacker Cameron Wake prefers Hawaii.
“To have the Pro Bowl in Miami, I just drive down the street, it’s not as much fun as coming here and move away from this beautiful city,” Wake said. “The view is fantastic. People were so friendly and so nice. I put in a vote for Hawaii. My vote is”
The players say the tropical landscape and weather cannot be beaten. Temperatures this week have been mostly warm, perfect for the Pro Bowl who went golfing, fishing, jet skiing and visited Pearl Harbor with their families.
“It’s like heaven. I’m going to die and go to Hawaii. It’s fine with me, “Houston Texans running back Arian Foster.
Some players even hit the waves like Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Lloyd. But a quarter of the Philadelphia Eagles Michael Vick was not going anywhere near a surfboard.
“I do not surf,” said Vick. “I watch National Geographic too, and I’ve seen too many catastrophic situations.”
The players also spent much time basking in the hotel pool or one of the lagoons at Ko Olina Resort. And recruits were asked – because they are the only ones struggling with the heavy food and drink tabs.
“Everybody tried to get my room number, but I tried to keep secret,” New England Patriots rookie corner Devin McCourty said. “As long as they do not get my room number, I’m going straight.”
Tennessee Titans rookie kick returner Marc Mariani said he had several tabs collection and knows the damage when he checks the hotel.
“The guy who makes the least is to buy drinks for the top dogs,” he said with a laugh. “But that’s fine. We’re having fun.”
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