Following an offseason of speculation regarding the future of the Pro Bowl, the NFL and the NFL Players Association jointly announced Wednesday that football’s annual All-Star game will return to Honolulu in 2013.
The Pro Bowl became a hot topic after many questioned the value of the game and the effort of the players involved, but 49ers punter Andy Lee said he was happy to hear it would be returning to Aloha Stadium.
“Who doesn’t enjoy going to Hawaii? It’s awesome,” Lee said.
The All-Pro joined fellow 49ers specialists David Akers and Brian Jennings in Hawaii this January after he set an NFL single-season record with a net punting average of 44.0 yards. But Lee said the 2013 Pro Bowl is hardly something he spends much time thinking about.
“I think it really only matters to you if you go,” Lee said. “You really can’t think about that. You just got to think about going out and doing what you can to help the team win and if it gets you there, it gets you there.”
The 49ers led the NFC with eight players on the 2012 Pro Bowl roster: Akers, Dashon Goldson, Frank Gore, Lee, Carlos Rogers, Justin Smith, Joe Staley and Patrick Willis. Clearly, Lee and the 49ers hope they will be busy preparing for Super Bowl XLVII next January instead of playing in the Pro Bowl.
“It’s a great trip for the family and it’s a great trip for the guys,” Lee said. “It’s a great reward for a season well-played by all the players that get invited to go. It’s awesome that it’s going to be back there.”
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