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Whew: 2013 Pro Bowl Is Still On

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HONOLULU - JANUARY 30:  Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs passes against the National Football Conference team during the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 30 2011 in Honolulu Hawaii.  (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
HONOLULU - JANUARY 30: Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs passes against the National Football Conference team during the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 30 2011 in Honolulu Hawaii. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
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You can put down your pitchforks. The 2013 Pro Bowl WILL LIVE!!!!

Yes, the Pro Bowl will be played in 2013 and it will be back in Hawaii.

Via an NFL and NFLPA joint release:

"The players have made it clear through the NFL Players Association that they would like the opportunity to continue to play the Pro Bowl in Hawaii," said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson. "We will support the players on this initiative to improve the Pro Bowl. We have had many discussions with the players in recent years about the Pro Bowl and they recognize that the quality of the game has not been up to NFL standards. We look forward to working with the players toward the goal of improving the competitiveness of this season's game."

"The players believe that the Pro Bowl is an important tradition," said NFLPA President Domonique Foxworth. "We worked hard with the league to make sure the best players in the NFL are honored for their achievements on the field."

Whew. We really dodged a bullet with that one.