It's more than most people earn all year
The annual NFL Pro Bowl may be a gloried exhibition game, but that doesn't mean taking part doesn't have its benefits either. For one, this year's game on Sunday, Jan. 26, takes place at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
Yes, it's not Hawaii (where the Pro Bowl was hosted from 1980-2016 save for two years), but forecasted temperatures in the low 60s is a lot better than the swath of winter weather that is typically impacting the majority of the U.S. in late January.
But besides the warmer climate, there's also the simple fact that win or lose, Pro Bowl participants are paid for their participation. In fact, the share for the winning team in this year's Pro Bowl is $70,000, which is more than the players that lose Super Bowl LIV ($62,000) will receive.
Granted, those in the Pro Bowl would much rather play the following Sunday just a few hours south in Miami Gardens, but considering the laidback atmosphere and approach that comes with the NFL's all-star game, that's not bad money for getting to spend a week in Florida.
And $70,000 is certainly a nice payday compared to the $2,000 members of the NFC team got for winning the Pro Bowl in 1971. Even adjusted for 2020 dollars, that's just $12,700. 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.
Source: 2019 NFL Postseason Media Guide