Happy in Hawaii, Pro Bowlers have final 'workouts'

BOB BAUM - AP Sports Writer
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick looks on during AFC Pro Bowl NFL football practice at the Ko Olina Resort, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, in Kapolei, Hawaii.  (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
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New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick looks on during AFC Pro Bowl NFL football practice at the Ko Olina Resort, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, in Kapolei, Hawaii.

After a week of practices about as stressful as a Hawaiian sunset, players shifted to Aloha Stadium for their final workouts before Sunday's Pro Bowl.

Workout, in this case, is a highly dubious description. The most work done in their brief on-field appearances on Saturday was signing autographs for the fans who showed up in the dazzling island sunshine and everyone involved seemed thrilled that this game is back in Hawaii.

Say what you want about the laid-back irrelevence of this mostly defenseless game a week in advance of the hyper intensity of the Super Bowl, there is no lacking of star power, despite the fact that the champions of the two conferences aren't even represented.