Adrian Peterson signed and tossed miniature footballs into the Aloha Stadium stands, then chatted up Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson and Marcus Allen. Arian Foster played Peyton Manning’s bodyguard for stadium cameras and told fans he recently walked on hot lava.
The Pro Bowl players practiced a little, too, on a sunny Saturday in Honolulu one day before an all-star game that will likely be used to determine its own future.
But the game’s main purpose is fun, said several players including Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph and Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles.
“I feel like there’s no responsibility, it’s just all about fun,” Charles said. “You work hard during the year – it’s not like a competitive game.”
Competition – or at least the appearance of it –is exactly what the NFL is looking for from its stars on Sunday as it uses the game as a measurement of whether it’s worth putting on in future years. Commissioner Roger Goodell has said the game will stop if play doesn’t improve, drawing mixed reactions from top players all over the league.
RAVENS: After one final practice at their own training facility, the AFC champions packed their bags for a trip to New Orleans.
The Ravens had a light practice Saturday. The team is off today and will head south Monday in anticipation of their Super Bowl matchup on Feb. 3 with the San Francisco 49ers.
After Saturday’s session, coach John Harbaugh said, “We’ve had a great week. We had an excellent practice. The guys are very sharp and they’re excited.”