In case you were wondering what some NFL players think about the NFL’s decision to move the Pro Bowl from Hawaii, where it traditionally had been for years, to Orlando, Florida, you can start by asking Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay.
Slay is not too thrilled with the idea of moving the game from Hawaii and shared his thoughts about the move this week. Slay also commented about his play this season and his confidence that he is playing at a Pro Bowl level once again.
“As long as my teammates really see me as a Pro Bowl player, I ain’t really worried because I feel it’s a politic thing anyway,” Slay said. “But I would just like to. But, I’m mad. Is the Pro Bowl even in Hawaii no more? It’s really pointless. That’s what I really wanted to do.
“That’s why I wanted to go. I’d rather just get the All-Pro status and don’t go Pro Bowl. Because I just really wanted to go to Hawaii, really wanted to just to go to Hawaii for the free.”
Slay signed a four-year $50.2 million extension just before training camp and is widely considered to be one of the NFL’s top cornerbacks. While he has 35 tackles, one fumble recovery and two interceptions this season Slay admitted that if he had a couple more interceptions, the debate on whether or not he should be voted to the Pro Bowl wouldn’t even be a debate.
Slay was not among the top five players at his position according to the latest release of fan balloting for the Pro Bowl.
It’s obvious that Slay is an elite, premier NFL corner but it may be hard for him to land a spot on the Pro Bowl roster.