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#TBT: Hawaii Pro Bowls with Chris Berman

Berman reflects on ESPN’s 2006 Pro Bowl telecast in Hawaii
“After Super Bowl XL when Pittsburgh beat Seattle, the Pro Bowl was after the Super Bowl then. Pretty much the whole Seattle offense – Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback, most of their offensive line, running back Shaun Alexander, they all went [to Hawaii] coming off the loss. And they were steamed. The NFC won (23-17). They were psyched to play ball. They lost the Super Bowl and they were ready to go.”

Today’s #TBT takes us to a place where it’s 80 degrees and sunny – Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, site of the 2016 Pro Bowl (Sunday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN).

ESPN televised the game last year to kick off Super Bowl week in Glendale, Ariz., but this is ESPN’s first Pro Bowl in Hawaii since 2006.

Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman – who has covered all 11 of ESPN’s previous Pro Bowl games – says he’s thrilled to see the game return to the islands and to the network.

“People in Hawaii are so excited to have the Pro Bowl, and I’m just thrilled it’s there. Fans in our 50th state – they’re really big football fans. This is their Super Bowl, and ESPN has always treated it as such. We got the game going again in the national conscience in the late 1980s. And then we got it again in the mid 2000’s. Now, we’ve reacquired the Pro Bowl. I’m excited to see it first-hand because I know how big fans they are. And I’m proud that we have it because in our early days it was a big deal and I still treat it as such.”

Berman will be part of Sunday’s two-hour Postseason NFL Countdown Pro Bowl pregame special (5 p.m., ESPN) and halftime show.

Time (ET) ShowNetwork
11 a.m.-12 p.m.Postseason NFL Countdown Presented by SnickersESPN
5-7 p.m.Postseason NFL Countdown Presented by SnickersESPN
7-10 p.m.2016 Pro Bowl Presented by USAAESPN
10-11:30 p.m.SportsCenterESPN

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