The most memorable moment of the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii involved a Green Bay Packers player. Center Jeff Saturday announced his retirement late last week and in a special tribute to his career, the NFC center took one final
snap with his longtime quarterback Peyton Manning.
It was the first time ever in a Pro Bowl and the first time ever in an NFL game
where a player from the opposing team switched sides. Saturday snapped the ball
to Manning and the AFC gained a few yards off the right side of the line of
scrimmage on a running play. Manning gave Saturday a game ball and
congratulated him on a tremendous career as they embraced after the play.
The NFC set a Pro Bowl record by scoring 62 points in a 62-35 rout of the AFC.
Their effort surpassed last year's Pro Bowl record of 59 points scored by the
AFC. Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was named the Pro Bowl MVP for his five
catches totaling over 100 yards and one touchdown.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the future of the game was in danger and
needed to see the players make more of an effort on the field. The general
consensus by players and coaches interviewed after the game was that the effort
was much better than last year and the game will likely continue.