HONOLULU (AP) - Houston Texans running back Arian Foster says players are going to step up at the Pro Bowl this year, but 100 percent effort should not be expected.
"This isn't basketball - you can't go play a pickup game of football," Foster said after the AFC's practice Friday in preparation for Sunday's game at Aloha Stadium.
"I think it's an honor and a tradition, but for you to expect the best athletes in the NFL to come out and play a game 100 percent when you can't game plan, you can't blitz, you can't do all these things, it's not going to be competitive like everybody wants it to be," Foster said.
ARIAN FOSTER – ‘When you can’t game plan, you can’t blitz, you can’t do all these things, it’s not going to be competitive like everybody wants it to be.’
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said second-rate football will jeopardize the game's future.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said player interaction - such as Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson chatting with former San Diego Chargers great LaDainian Tomlinson - will be lost if the Pro Bowl goes away.
"Is there monetary value in that conversation? I would argue yes," Manning said. "I would argue that's helping keep the NFL as great as it is. So I'd hate for it to be canceled."
All times HST
Pro Bowl * At Honolulu
AFC vs. NFC, 2 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, Feb. 3
Super Bowl * At New Orleans
Baltimore vs. San Francisco, 1 p.m. (CBS)