2021 Pro Bowl
|Date||January 31, 2021|
|Stadium||Game canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Alternative festivities were held in its place.|
In October 2020, the NFL announced that it had canceled the game due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and had deferred Las Vegas's hosting of the game to 2022. The league still conducted a fan vote to determine the Pro Bowl rosters, and instead organized alternative festivities such as Verzuz "highlight battles" featuring NFL players; and a "virtual" Pro Bowl featuring a game of Madden NFL 21 played with the Pro Bowl rosters (controlled by teams of NFL players, alumni, and celebrity guests).
The original site for the game was announced on June 16, 2020. The Las Vegas Raiders' home Allegiant Stadium's bid won out over Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, and SoFi Stadium in the Los Angeles metro area.
On October 14, 2020, the league decided to cancel the game amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and Allegiant Stadium was awarded the 2022 Pro Bowl instead. The league further announced that the Pro Bowl rosters for the 2020 season would still be voted upon, and that they would instead hold alternative events to honor the players chosen. Voting began on November 17, 2020, on the NFL's website and Madden NFL 21, and on Twitter starting on December 1. Voting on all platforms then ended on December 17 with the rosters being announced on December 21.
ABC, ESPN, and Disney XD aired a television special on January 31 in place of the game—the Pro Bowl Celebration—which was presented by ESPN's NFL studio analysts, and featured segments and interviews honoring the Pro Bowl roster.
Pro Bowl eSports exhibition
The eSports exhibition was played from their respective homes, in order, quarterback Deshaun Watson (Houston Texans), former wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, running back Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans), and rapper Snoop Dogg each played one quarter as the AFC team, while quarterback Kyler Murray (Arizona Cardinals), NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, strong safety Jamal Adams (Seattle Seahawks), and former running back Marshawn Lynch each played one quarter as the NFC team.
eSports box score
|Quarterback||15 Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City
||17 Josh Allen, Buffalo|
4 Deshaun Watson, Houston
|Running back||22 Derrick Henry, Tennessee||24 Nick Chubb, Cleveland|
28 Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas
|Fullback||42 Patrick Ricard, Baltimore|
|Wide receiver||10 Tyreek Hill, Kansas City
14 Stefon Diggs, Buffalo
|13 Keenan Allen, LA Chargers|
11 A. J. Brown, Tennessee
|Tight end||87 Travis Kelce, Kansas City||83 Darren Waller, Las Vegas|
|Offensive tackle||72 Eric Fisher, Kansas City
78 Laremy Tunsil, Houston
|78 Orlando Brown Jr., Baltimore|
|Offensive guard||75 Joel Bitonio, Cleveland
56 Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis
|66 David DeCastro, Pittsburgh|
|Center||53 Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh||78 Ryan Kelly, Indianapolis|
|Defensive end||97 Joey Bosa, LA Chargers
95 Myles Garrett, Cleveland
|55 Frank Clark, Kansas City|
|Defensive tackle||97 Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh
95 Chris Jones, Kansas City
|93 Calais Campbell, Baltimore|
|Outside linebacker||55 Bradley Chubb, Denver
90 T. J. Watt, Pittsburgh
|99 Matthew Judon, Baltimore|
|Inside linebacker||53 Darius Leonard, Indianapolis||49 Tremaine Edmunds, Buffalo|
|Cornerback||25 Xavien Howard, Miami
27 Tre'Davious White, Buffalo
|24 Stephon Gilmore, New England|
44 Marlon Humphrey, Baltimore
|Free safety||39 Minkah Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh||31 Justin Simmons, Denver|
|Strong safety||32 Tyrann Mathieu, Kansas City|
|Punter||7 Jake Bailey, New England|
|Placekicker||9 Justin Tucker, Baltimore|
|Return specialist||18 Andre Roberts, Buffalo|
|Special teams||18 Matthew Slater, New England|
|Long snapper||46 Morgan Cox, Baltimore|
|Quarterback||12 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay||3 Russell Wilson, Seattle|
1 Kyler Murray, Arizona
|Running back||33 Dalvin Cook, Minnesota||41 Alvin Kamara, New Orleans|
33 Aaron Jones, Green Bay
|Fullback||44 Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco|
|Wide receiver||17 Davante Adams, Green Bay
10 DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona
|14 DK Metcalf, Seattle|
18 Justin Jefferson, Minnesota
|Tight end||88 T. J. Hockenson, Detroit||88 Evan Engram, NY Giants|
|Offensive tackle||69 David Bakhtiari, Green Bay
71 Trent Williams, San Francisco
|72 Terron Armstead, New Orleans|
|Offensive guard||75 Brandon Scherff, Washington
74 Elgton Jenkins, Green Bay
|75 Andrus Peat, New Orleans|
|Center||62 Jason Kelce, Philadelphia||77 Frank Ragnow, Detroit|
|Defensive end||94 Cameron Jordan, New Orleans
55 Brandon Graham, Philadelphia
|99 Chase Young, Washington|
|Defensive tackle||99 Aaron Donald, LA Rams
91 Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia
|97 Grady Jarrett, Atlanta|
|Outside linebacker||55 Za'Darius Smith, Green Bay
52 Khalil Mack, Chicago
|90 Jason Pierre-Paul, Tampa Bay|
|Inside linebacker||54 Bobby Wagner, Seattle||54 Fred Warner, San Francisco|
|Cornerback||20 Jalen Ramsey, LA Rams
23 Jaire Alexander, Green Bay
|23 Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans|
24 James Bradberry, NY Giants
|Free safety||37 Quandre Diggs, Seattle|
|Strong safety||32 Budda Baker, Arizona||33 Jamal Adams, Seattle|
|Punter||3 Jack Fox, Detroit|
|Placekicker||7 Younghoe Koo, Atlanta|
|Return specialist||84 Cordarrelle Patterson, Chicago|
|Special teams||44 Nick Bellore, Seattle|
|Long snapper||69 Tyler Ott, Seattle|
Number of selections per team
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