"It's great that they decided to keep the game around," Dalton said Wednesday, via Joe Reedy of The Cincinnati Enquirer. "It is an awesome experience and an honor to get to play in the game. And I'm glad they kept the game in Hawaii. It's a great reward at the end of the season."
The Pro Bowl, particularly one held in Hawaii, had been on life support prior to Wednesday's news, as the competition level of last season's game drew boos from the Aloha Stadium crowd and criticism on Twitter. There had been talk of canceling the game altogether or possibly holding it in New Orleans, host city for Super Bowl XLVII.
"I don't think you saw the receivers going any slower than they normally would," Dalton said in April. "The pass rush is obviously lacking quite a bit but as a quarterback you like that. It's not like a normal game. Guys don't want to get hurt when you are enjoying the time out there."