• Bengals' Tyler Eifert will never return to Pro Bowl because 'it's just not worth it'

Bengals' Tyler Eifert will never return to Pro Bowl because 'it's just not worth it'

Bengals' Tyler Eifert will never return to Pro Bowl because 'it's just not worth it'

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 04:32
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Eifert suffered an ankle injury during the previous Pro Bowl

Tyler Eifert made his first trip to the Pro Bowl this past season. He won't ever go back.

On Friday, the Bengals tight end revealed that he'll never accept a Pro Bowl roster spot again.

"It's just not worth it," Eifert said, per ESPN.

Eifert's reluctance stems from an ankle injury he suffered during the fourth quarter of the game. Though the injury occurred way back in January, it could prevent him from taking the field during the first couple of weeks of the regular season.

When Eifert updated reporters on his recovery from the torn ligaments, he said that "everything's going well," but he also refused to attach a timetable to his eventual return.

"It's kind of a fluke thing," Eifert said. "My foot just kind of hit the turf. I didn't really turn it or anything like that. I just got my cleats on the ground and my foot kind of twisted."

If Eifert misses any time, the Bengals will be without one of the league's top tight ends. Last year, Eifert caught 52 passes for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns. Those 13 scores topped Rob Gronkowski, who's regarded as the best tight end in the league by a wide margin, and every other tight end.

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Eifert is turning his back on the Pro Bowl. USATSI

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He was rewarded with a trip to the Pro Bowl, which ended disastrously. As Eifert said, he enjoyed everything about the Pro Bowl, except the game itself.

"It was one of my favorite (weeks) I've ever had," Eifert said, per the Bengals' website."Just hanging out with the guys. It's cool. You play against the guys all year long. You see these guys have been to the Pro Bowl multiple times who you've watched growing up and you're there in the pool hanging out.

"It was a lot of fun. A good reward. Then it comes to Sunday, you're on the bus and it's like, 'We have to go play a game?'"

Of course, this isn't the first time the Pro Bowl has been ripped. In 2012, Packersquarterback Aaron Rodgers floated the idea of eliminating the Pro Bowl altogether if players weren't going to give their full effort during the game. And, in February, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that he was "disappointed" in the game.

All of the complaints, made by both the players and the commissioner, are entirely related. The players don't put the effort in (Rodgers' complaint) because they're worried about getting injured during a meaningless game (like Eifert), and that leads to the quality of the game being disappointing (as Goodell said).

Still, it doesn't seem as if the Pro Bowl is going away. Instead, it's just relocating from Hawaii to Orlando, Florida. Visit www.ProBowlOrlando.com for tickets!