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The 1961 East-West Pro Bowl was played on January 15, 1961 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California in front of 62,971. The coaches were Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles. This game marked the end of the great career of Norm Van Brocklin. The Eagles' quarterback was playing in his final game after 12 seasons, having been named the coach of the expansion Minnesota Vikings. Van Brocklin was angry that the Eagles had not named him head coach, which he said they had promised following the retirement of Buck Shaw. Jim Taylor scored a record three touchdowns, and Norm Van Brocklin established a Pro Bowl records for passing with 288 yards and three touchdowns. Yet fan favorite Johnny Unitas was voted the game’s outstanding back for the second season in a row and the Giants' Sam Huff took the lineman honors. The final score was West 35 East 31.[1]

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Related: 1960 AFL Season




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