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NFLPA president: Roger Goodell was close to canceling Pro Bowl

Roger Goodell (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) Roger Goodell has been looking for ways to spice up the Pro Bowl. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The Pro Bowl is Sunday night, but commissioner Roger Goodell was considering doing away with the game, according NFL Players Association president Domonique Foxworth.

"Roger was very serious about potentially canceling the Pro Bowl, because apparently it's very expensive and isn't of a ton of value to them," Foxworth told USA Today this week.

"To be honest with you, I was completely comfortable with eliminating it until I talked to the players, and they said they loved it and they want to be there."

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Foxworth, whose term ends in March, was the person who pitched the player draft, two-minute drills to end each quarter and legalizing zone coverage for the game, according to USA Today.

He acknowledged his biggest fear is a player injuring his own teammate.

"That's the only legitimate concern, and I completely understand it," Foxworth said. "I was faced with the possibility of canceling the game or trying to make it interesting. If some of these conflicts that we create make it so we can't go forward, then we'll throw the game out."
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