After last year's NFL Pro Bowl was canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the event is back on the schedule for 2022, set for Feb. 6 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
So barring another change, the league's glorified exhibition will take place, meaning that not only will invited players (that are able and choose to participate) get to spend a few days in Sin City, they also will get a nice check for making the trip.
Win or lose, Pro Bowl participants are paid for showing up. The share for the winning team this year is $80,000, which is more than the players that lose this year's Super Bowl ($75,000) are set to receive.
And like every other thing that has to do with money related to the NFL, the amount Pro Bowl participants get these days has come a long way. Consider that in 1971, members of the NFC team that won the Pro Bowl were paid just $2,000. Even adjusted for 2021 dollars, that's just $13,768. Here's a breakdown of how the share for both the winning and losing teams in the Pro Bowl has changed since the AFC vs. NFC format was introduced in 1971.
|Year||Pro Bowl Winner's Share||Pro Bowl Loser's Share|
*2021 Pro Bowl was not played due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Source: 2022 NFL Postseason Media Guide