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The 2021 NFL Pro Bowl goes virtual

Learn all about how you can experience the 2021 NFL Pro Bowl from the comfort of your own home

The National Football League (NFL) and Electronic Arts (EA) have come together to convert the 2021 NFL Pro Bowl to a completely virtual event. The setting for the online Pro Bowl will be in Madden NFL 21. The event will occur on Jan. 31.

Due to COVID-19, the Pro Bowl couldn't be in-person at a stadium. However, the NFL has plans to elevate the virtual experience to make it as worthwhile as the in-person one. 

The newly-created virtual Pro Bowl will consist of a week-long series of matchups. These matchups will be amongst celebrities, legendary NFL players, current players, and streamers. The players who get matched will face off in the Madden NFl 21 game. The events will air on ESPN and ABC. 

Fans will be able to watch on many platforms. Those who play Madden NFL 21 will have access to content in the game to play out the matchups themselves. This is an experience that both the NFL and EA are proud to be able to bring to virtual screens. 

“We're excited to work closely with the NFL, our long-time partner, to move the Pro Bowl to the virtual fields of Madden NFL and be part of the first high-profile sporting event to go virtual.”

Chris Bruzzo the EVP of Marketing, Commercial, and Positive Play at Electronic Arts 

Peter O’Reilly, the EVP of Club and Business Events for the NFL, agrees.

“We remain committed to using our Pro Bowl platform to empower fans to virtually celebrate the best players in the game.” Peter O’Reilly

Fans began their celebration by voting for their favorite player to be on the roster for the 2021 Pro Bowl. Fans voted via ProBowlVote and Madden NFL 21 Mobile and console games. 

From Dec. 1 to Dec. 17, fans were also able to vote via Twitter. The tweet included the full name and Twitter handle of the player or used a hashtag that had their full name. The tweet also included the hashtag #ProBowlVote. 

On Dec. 18, players and coaches placed their votes. Fans, coaches, and player's votes each counted for one-third of determining the players who were selected.

For more information on the 2021 Pro Bowl, visit the NFL Pro Bowl website or the NFL official Instagram page: @nfl.

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