The Average Compensation for Playing in the Pro Bowl

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The Pro Bowl is the National Football League’s annual all-star game. Players are elected to play in the game through a vote by fans, coaches and players. Traditionally played in Honolulu, Hawaii, the game is played the week before the Super Bowl. In 2015, the Pro Bowl will be played in Phoenix -- the site of the 2015 Super Bowl -- but is scheduled to return to Hawaii in 2016.

Pro Bowl Compensation

Players on the winning Pro Bowl team received $53,000 each in the 2014 game, while players on the losing team received $26,000. Players who are elected to the Pro Bowl but choose not to play or are unable to play because they are playing in the Super Bowl the following week, receive no compensation.


Many players have incentive clauses in their contracts providing for bonuses from their teams should they be selected to play in the Pro Bowl. For example, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh received a $1 million bonus for playing in the 2014 game.

Additional Benefits

Players receive free round-trip airfare and accommodations in the host city for the Pro Bowl. In addition, the NFL holds a variety of events during the week leading up to the game, at which the players receive gifts, food and other perks.