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Tackle during 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii
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2008 season
February 8, 2009 (Details)
2009 season
January 31, 2010 (Details)
2010 season
TBD, 2011 (Details)

In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). Since the merger with the rival American Football League (AFL) in 1970, it has been officially called the AFC–NFC Pro Bowl, matching the top players in the American Football Conference (AFC) against those in the National Football Conference (NFC).

Unlike most other sports leagues, which hold their all-star games during the halfway point of their respective regular seasons, the Pro Bowl is generally the last game played at the end of the NFL season. The first Pro Bowl, featuring the all-stars of the 1938 season, was played on January 15, 1939 at Los Angeles's Wrigley Field. The game was then played at various venues before being held at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii for 30 consecutive seasons from 1980 to 2009. The 2010 Pro Bowl will be played at LandShark Stadium, the home stadium of the Miami Dolphins and host site of Super Bowl XLIV, on January 31, the first time ever that the Pro Bowl is held before the championship game, and the teams are not to include players from the teams that will be playing in the Super Bowl. The game will return to Honolulu for 2011 and 2012.

Through the 2009 game, the NFC leads the series 20–19.

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Player selection

Currently, players are voted into the Pro Bowl by the coaches, the players themselves, and the fans. Each group's ballots count for one third of the votes. The fans vote online at the NFL's official website. There are also replacements that go to the game should any selected player be unable to play due to injuries. Prior to 1995, only the coaches and the players made Pro Bowl selections.

In order to be considered a Pro Bowler for a given year, a player must either have been one of the initial players selected to the team, or a player who accepts an invitation to Hawaii as an alternate; invited alternates who decline to attend are not considered Pro Bowlers. Being a Pro Bowler is considered to be a mark of honor, and players who are accepted into the Pro Bowl are considered to be elite.

The Pro Bowl head coaches are the head coaches of the teams that lost in the AFC and NFC championship games for the same season of the Pro Bowl in question. However, for the 2010 Pro Bowl—and perhaps for then on—a new rule was presented: The teams that lose in the divisional playoff game with the best regular-season record will have their coaching staffs lead their respective conference Pro Bowl team. If the losing teams of each conference had the same regular season record the coaches from the higher-seeded team will get the Pro Bowl honor.[1]

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Pro Bowl MVP

The first Most Valuable Player award (or Most Valuable Player) in the Pro Bowl was presented in 1951. From 1957 to 1971, two awards were presented to an offensive back and a defensive lineman. In 1972, there were awards for both an offensive player and a defensive player. Since 1973, only one MVP award has been presented (though three times this award has been presented to multiple players).

Pro Bowl uniforms

Quarterback Peyton Manning (#18) before the 2006 Pro Bowl.

Because the teams are made of players from different NFL teams, using their own uniforms would be too confusing. The players each wear the helmet of their team, but the home jerseys and pants are either a solid blue for the NFC or solid red for the AFC, while white jerseys with blue or red accents, respectively, for the away team. While it has been speculated that the color of Pro Bowl jerseys is determined by the winner of the Super Bowl, this is untrue. The design of Pro Bowl uniforms is changed every two years, and the color and white jerseys are rotated along with the design change. This has been Pro Bowl tradition since the switch to team specific helmets, which started with the January 1979 game. The two-year switch was originally created as a marketing ploy by Nike, and has been continued by Reebok, who won the merchandising contract in 2002. The early Pro Bowl, contested by the National Football League's Eastern and Western Division stars and played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, featured the same uniforms from the 1950s to mid-1960s; the Eastern team wore scarlet jerseys with white numerals and a white crescent shoulder stripe, white pants with red stripe, red socks, and a plain red helmet. The Western team wore white jerseys with royal-blue numerals and a Northwestern University-style triple stripe on the sleeves, white pants with blue stripe and socks and a plain blue helmet. Perhaps oddly, the Eastern team, wore home dark jerseys, although the host-city team, the Los Angeles Rams, were members of the Western Conference. From January 1967 to January 1970 both teams wore gold helmets with the NFL logo on the sides; the Eastern helmets featured a red-white-red tri-stripe and the Western a similar blue-white-blue tri-stripe. In fact the players brought their own game helmets to Los Angeles, which were then spray-painted and decorated for the contest. (For the 1970 game the helmets featured the 50 NFL logo, commemorating the league's half-century anniversary.)

In the earliest years of the AFC–NFC Pro Bowl, the players did not wear their unique helmets, as they do now. The AFC All-Stars wore a solid red helmet with a white A on it, while the NFC players wore a solid white helmet with a blue N on it. The AFC's red helmets were paired with white jerseys and red pants, while the NFC's white helmets were paired with blue jerseys and white pants. Two players with the same number who are elected to the Pro Bowl can wear the same number for that game. Prior to xxxx, all players were required to wear different numbers, regardless of what jersey number they wore on their regular team. This changed in xxxx, when players wore the jersey number on their regular team jersey, thus initially resulting in virtually every wide receiver on the field being numbered 80 or 81, a situation that, predictably, created significant confusion. Thus, it is recommended—although not required—that players use different jersey numbers, and generally when two players share a number, the less experienced one will wear a different number for the game.

The 2008 Pro Bowl included a unique example of several players from the same team wearing the same number in a Pro Bowl. For the game, Washington Redskins players T Chris Samuels, TE Chris Cooley, and LS Ethan Albright all wore the number 21 (a number normally inappropriate for their positions) in memory of their teammate Sean Taylor who had been murdered during the 2007 season.[2]

Game results

NFL All-Star Games (1939–1942)

No Most Valuable Player awards were presented during these games
Season Date Score Venue
1938 January 15, 1939 New York Giants 13, Pro All-Stars 10 Wrigley Field, Los Angeles
1939 January 14, 1940 Green Bay Packers 16, NFL All-Stars 7 Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles
1940 December 29, 1940 Chicago Bears 28, NFL All-Stars 14 Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles
1941 January 4, 1942 Chicago Bears 35, NFL All-Stars 24 Polo Grounds, New York City
1942 December 27, 1942 NFL All-Stars 17, Washington Redskins 14 Shibe Park, Philadelphia
  • 1943-50 - No games

NFL Pro Bowls (1951–70)

Season Date Score Most Valuable Players Venue[3] Head Coaches Television
1950 January 14, 1951 American Conference 28, National Conference 27 Otto Graham, Cleveland Browns, Quarterback Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum AC: Paul Brown, Cleveland
NC:Joe Stydahar, Los Angeles
1951 January 12, 1952 National Conference 30, American Conference 13 Dan Towler, Los Angeles Rams, Running back Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum AC: Paul Brown, Cleveland
NC:Joe Stydahar, Los Angeles
NBC
1952 January 10, 1953 National Conference 27, American Conference 7 Don Doll, Detroit Lions, Defensive back Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum AC: Paul Brown, Cleveland
NC:Buddy Parker, Detroit
NBC
1953 January 17, 1954 East 20, West 9 Chuck Bednarik, Philadelphia Eagles, Linebacker Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum EC: Paul Brown, Cleveland
WC: Buddy Parker, Detroit
NBC
1954 January 16, 1955 West 26, East 19 Billy Wilson, San Francisco 49ers, End Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum EC: Jim Trimble, Philadelphia
WC:Buck Shaw, San Francisco
NBC
1955 January 15, 1956 East 31, West 30 Ollie Matson, Chicago Cardinals, Running back Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum EC: Joe Kuharich, Washington
WC: Sid Gillman, Los Angeles
NBC
1956 January 13, 1957 West 19, East 10 Back: Bert Rechichar, Baltimore Colts
Lineman: Ernie Stautner, Pittsburgh Steelers
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum EC:Jim Lee Howell, New York
WC: Paddy Driscoll, Chicago Bears
NBC
1957 January 12, 1958 West 26, East 7 Back: Hugh McElhenny, San Francisco 49ers
Lineman: Gene Brito, Washington Redskins
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum EC: Buddy Parker, Pittsburgh
WC:George Wilson, Detroit
NBC
1958 January 11, 1959 East 28, West 21 Back: Frank Gifford, New York Giants
Lineman: Doug Atkins, Chicago Bears
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum EC:Jim Lee Howell, New York
WC:Weeb Ewbank, Baltimore
NBC
1959 January 17, 1960 West 38, East 21 Back: Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts
Lineman: Eugene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, Pittsburgh Steelers
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum EC:Buck Shaw, Philadelphia
WC:Red Hickey, San Francisco
NBC
1960 January 15, 1961 West 35, East 31 Back: Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts
Lineman: Sam Huff, New York Giants
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum EC:Buck Shaw, Philadelphia
WC:Vince Lombardi, Green Bay
NBC
1961 January 14, 1962 West 31, East 30 Back: Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns
Lineman: Henry Jordan, Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum EC: Allie Sherman, New York
WC:Norm Van Brocklin, Minnesota
NBC
1962 January 13, 1963 East 30, West 20 Back: Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns
Lineman: Eugene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, Pittsburgh Steelers
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum EC: Allie Sherman, New York
WC: Vince Lombardi, Green Bay
NBC
1963 January 12, 1964 West 31, East 17 Back: Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts
Lineman: Gino Marchetti, Baltimore Colts
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum EC: Allie Sherman, New York
WC:George Halas, Chicago
NBC
1964 January 10, 1965 West 34, East 14 Back: Fran Tarkenton, Vikings
Lineman: Terry Barr, Detroit Lions
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum EC: Blanton Collier, Cleveland
WC:Don Shula, Baltimore
NBC
1965 January 15, 1966 East 36, West 7 Back: Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns
Lineman: Dale Meinert, St. Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum EC: Blanton Collier, Cleveland
WC: Vince Lombardi, Green Bay
CBS
1966 January 22, 1967 East 20, West 10 Back: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears
Lineman: Floyd Peters, Philadelphia Eagles
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum EC: Tom Landry, Dallas
WC: George Allen, Los Angeles
CBS
1967 January 21, 1968 West 38, East 20 Back: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears
Lineman: Dave Robinson, Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum EC:Otto Graham, Washington
WC: Don Shula, Baltimore
CBS
1968 January 19, 1969 West 10, East 7 Back: Roman Gabriel, Los Angeles Rams
Lineman: Merlin Olsen, Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum EC: Tom Landry, Dallas
WC: George Allen, Los Angeles
CBS
1969 January 18, 1970 West 16, East 13 Back: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears
Lineman: George Andrie, Dallas Cowboys
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum EC: Tom Fears, New Orleans
WC:Norm Van Brocklin, Atlanta
CBS

AFC–NFC Pro Bowls (1971–present)

Date Score Series Most Valuable Player(s) Venue Head Coaches Television
January 24, 1971 NFC, 27-6 NFC, 1-0 Lineman: Fred Carr, Packers
Back: Mel Renfro, Cowboys
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California AFC: John Madden, Oakland
NFC: Dick Nolan, San Francisco
CBS
January 23, 1972 AFC, 26-13 Tied, 1-1 Defense: Willie Lanier, Chiefs
Offense: Jan Stenerud, Chiefs
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California AFC: Don McCafferty, Baltimore
NFC: Dick Nolan, San Francisco
NBC
January 21, 1973 AFC, 33-28 AFC, 2-1 O.J. Simpson, Bills, Running back Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas AFC: Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh
NFC: Tom Landry, Dallas
CBS
January 20, 1974 AFC, 15-13 AFC, 3-1 Garo Yepremian, Dolphins, Placekicker Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri AFC: John Madden, Oakland
NFC: Tom Landry, Dallas
NBC
January 20, 1975[4] NFC, 17-10 AFC, 3-2 James Harris, Rams, Quarterback Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida AFC: John Madden, Oakland
NFC: Chuck Knox, Los Angeles
ABC
January 26, 1976[4] NFC, 23-20 Tied, 3-3 Billy Johnson, Oilers, Kick returner Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana AFC: John Madden, Oakland
NFC: Chuck Knox, Los Angeles
ABC
January 17, 1977[4] AFC, 24-14 AFC, 4-3 Mel Blount, Steelers, Cornerback The Kingdome, Seattle, Washington AFC: Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh
NFC: Chuck Knox, Los Angeles
ABC
January 23, 1978[4] NFC, 14-13 Tied, 4-4 Walter Payton, Bears, Running back Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida AFC: John Madden, Oakland
NFC: Bud Grant, Minnesota
ABC
January 29, 1979[4] NFC, 13-7 NFC, 5-4 Ahmad Rashad, Vikings, Wide receiver Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California AFC: Bum Phillips, Houston
NFC: Ray Malavasi, Los Angeles
ABC
January 27, 1980 NFC, 37-27 NFC, 6-4 Chuck Muncie, Saints, Running back Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Bum Phillips, Houston
NFC: John McKay, Tampa Bay
ABC
February 1, 1981 NFC, 21-7 NFC, 7-4 Eddie Murray, Lions, Placekicker Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Don Coryell, San Diego
NFC: Tom Landry, Dallas
ABC
January 31, 1982 AFC, 16-13 NFC, 7-5 Lee Roy Selmon, Buccaneers, Defensive end
Kellen Winslow, Chargers, Tight end
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Don Coryell, San Diego
NFC: Tom Landry, Dallas
ABC
February 6, 1983 NFC, 20-19 NFC, 8-5 Dan Fouts, Chargers, Quarterback
John Jefferson, Packers, Wide receiver
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Walt Michaels, N.Y. Jets
NFC: Tom Landry, Dallas
ABC
January 29, 1984 NFC, 45-3 NFC, 9-5 Joe Theismann, Redskins, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Chuck Knox, Seattle
NFC: Bill Walsh, San Francisco
ABC
January 27, 1985 AFC, 22-14 NFC, 9-6 Mark Gastineau, Jets, Defensive end Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh
NFC: Mike Ditka, Chicago
ABC
February 2, 1986 NFC, 28-24 NFC, 10-6 Phil Simms, Giants, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Don Shula, Miami
NFC: John Robinson, L.A. Rams
ABC
February 1, 1987 AFC, 10-6 NFC, 10-7 Reggie White, Eagles, Defensive end Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Marty Schottenheimer, Cleveland
NFC: Joe Gibbs, Washington
ABC
February 7, 1988 AFC, 15-6 NFC, 10-8 Bruce Smith, Bills, Defensive end Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Marty Schottenheimer, Cleveland
NFC: Jerry Burns, Minnesota
ESPN
January 29, 1989 NFC, 34-3 NFC, 11-8 Randall Cunningham, Eagles, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Marv Levy, Buffalo
NFC: Mike Ditka, Chicago
ESPN
February 4, 1990 NFC, 27-21 NFC, 12-8 Jerry Gray, Rams, Cornerback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Bud Carson, Cleveland
NFC: John Robinson, L.A. Rams
ESPN
February 3, 1991 AFC, 23-21 NFC, 12-9 Jim Kelly, Bills, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Art Shell, L.A. Raiders
NFC: George Seifert, San Francisco
ESPN
February 2, 1992 NFC, 21-15 NFC, 13-9 Michael Irvin, Cowboys, Wide receiver Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Dan Reeves, Denver
NFC: Wayne Fontes, Detroit
ESPN
February 7, 1993 AFC, 23-20 (OT) NFC, 13-10 Steve Tasker, Bills, Special teams Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Don Shula, Miami
NFC: George Seifert, San Francisco
ESPN
February 6, 1994 NFC, 17-3 NFC, 14-10 Andre Rison, Falcons, Wide receiver Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Marty Schottenheimer, Kansas City
NFC: George Seifert, San Francisco
ESPN
February 5, 1995 AFC, 41-13 NFC, 14-11 Marshall Faulk, Colts, Running back Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Bill Cowher, Pittsburgh
NFC: Barry Switzer, Dallas
ABC
February 4, 1996 NFC, 20-13 NFC, 15-11 Jerry Rice, 49ers, Wide receiver Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Ted Marchibroda, Indianapolis
NFC: Mike Holmgren, Green Bay
ABC
February 2, 1997 AFC, 26-23 (OT) NFC, 15-12 Mark Brunell, Jaguars, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Tom Coughlin, Jacksonville
NFC: Dom Capers, Carolina
ABC
February 1, 1998 AFC, 29-24 NFC, 15-13 Warren Moon, Seahawks, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Bill Cowher, Pittsburgh
NFC: Steve Mariucci, San Francisco
ABC
February 7, 1999 AFC, 23-10 NFC, 15-14 Keyshawn Johnson, Jets, Wide receiver
Ty Law, Patriots, Cornerback
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Bill Belichick,[5] N.Y. Jets
NFC: Dennis Green, Minnesota
ABC
February 6, 2000 NFC, 51-31 NFC, 16-14 Randy Moss, Vikings, Wide receiver Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Tom Coughlin, Jacksonville
NFC: Tony Dungy, Tampa Bay
ABC
February 4, 2001 AFC, 38-17 NFC, 16-15 Rich Gannon, Raiders, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Jon Gruden, Oakland
NFC: Dennis Green, Minnesota
ABC
February 9, 2002[6] AFC, 38-30 Tied, 16-16 Rich Gannon, Raiders, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Bill Cowher, Pittsburgh
NFC: Andy Reid, Philadelphia
ABC
February 2, 2003 AFC, 45-20 AFC, 17-16 Ricky Williams, Dolphins, Running back Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Jeff Fisher, Tennessee
NFC: Andy Reid, Philadelphia
ABC
February 8, 2004 NFC, 55-52 Tied, 17-17 Marc Bulger, Rams, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Tony Dungy, Indianapolis
NFC: Andy Reid, Philadelphia
ESPN
February 13, 2005 AFC, 38-27 AFC, 18-17 Peyton Manning, Colts, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Bill Cowher, Pittsburgh
NFC: Jim L. Mora, Atlanta
ESPN
February 12, 2006 NFC 23-17 Tied, 18-18 Derrick Brooks, Buccaneers, Linebacker Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Mike Shanahan, Denver
NFC: John Fox, Carolina
ESPN
February 10, 2007[6] AFC 31-28 AFC, 19-18 Carson Palmer, Bengals, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Bill Belichick, New England
NFC: Sean Payton, New Orleans
CBS
February 10, 2008 NFC 42-30] Tied, 19-19 Adrian Peterson, Vikings, Running Back Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Norv Turner, San Diego,
NFC: Mike McCarthy, Green Bay
Fox
February 8, 2009 NFC 30-21 NFC 20-19 Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals, Wide receiver Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: John Harbaugh, Baltimore
NFC: Andy Reid, Philadelphia
NBC
January 31, 2010 Dolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida ESPN
TBD, 2011 [7] Fox
TBD, 2012 [7] NBC

Stadiums that have hosted the Pro Bowl

Records

  • Merlin Olsen (Rams) and Bruce Matthews (Oilers/Titans) each were in 14 pro-bowls. Olsen played in 14 consecutive pro-bowls beginning his rookie year.
  • In the 20 seasons prior to the AFL–NFL merger, the Western/National Conference won both the Pro Bowl and the NFL Championship game nine times, while the Eastern/American won both two times. In the years they have split, the East won the Pro Bowl and West won the NFL title five times, while the reverse has occurred four times. Also, in this era, the National/Western Conference won 13 of 20 games played against the American/Eastern Conference.
  • In the 37 seasons since the AFL–NFL Merger, both conferences have swept the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl 9 times. In the 19 years they have split, the NFC has won the Super Bowl 10 times.
  • Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts players have won six MVP awards, more than any other team. Chicago Bears and Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams players have won five MVP awards. Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns players have won four MVP awards. 10 teams have won two, and 13 teams have won one each. The Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos and Houston Texans have never had a player win an MVP award.
  • Quarterbacks have won 16 MVP awards; wide receivers are second with eight.
  • Only two AFC–NFC Pro Bowls have gone to overtime. Both have been won by the AFC in overtime with field goals.
  • Due to the rescheduling of Super Bowl XXXVI in the wake of 9/11, the 2002 game was moved from Sunday to the following Saturday, one week later.
  • Sean Taylor was voted to the 2007/08 NFC Roster as a starter at free safety, shortly after he was fatally shot in his home by armed intruders. This was the first time in Pro Bowl history that a player was named as a Pro Bowler posthumously. The NFC took the field on defense for their first series with only 10 players on the field. He was later replaced by Roy Williams.[2]
  • John Madden and Tom Landry have coached in the most Pro Bowls (5 each).
  • Pittsburgh head coaches Bill Cowher and Chuck Noll are #1 and #2 in Pro Bowls won (Cowher 4, Noll 3).
  • The 2007/08 Dallas Cowboys have the most selections in one season with 13.
  • The most points in a single game was 55 by the NFC in the 2004 Pro Bowl, which also featured the most points by the losing team (the AFC scored 52).
  • Marshall Faulk and Adrian Peterson are the only rookies in NFL history to win both the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award and the Pro Bowl’s Most Valuable Player Award in the same season.

Television

  • Under the current NFL television contract, the network which airs the Super Bowl will air the Pro Bowl. The 2007 game on CBS was held on the Saturday after Super Bowl XLI because of the 49th Grammy Awards. The 2008 game was on Fox, broadcaster of Super Bowl XLII. Likewise, the 2009 game was on NBC, broadcaster of Super Bowl XLIII. ESPN will take CBS's next turn in the rotation by broadcasting the 2010 game, played a week before the Super Bowl at the Super Bowl site, Land Shark Stadium.
  • The Pro Bowl was originally broadcast on an alternative basis by CBS and NBC (with the other network broadcasting the Super Bowl) from 1971–1974. Later, the game was broadcast as part of the Monday Night Football package on ABC from 1975–1987 and again from 1995–2003. In 2004–2006, ABC sold its rights to the Pro Bowl to sister network ESPN (who had shown it from 1988-1994). In those years, the ESPN Sunday Night Football crew covered the game.
  • In the early 2000s, after suffering through several years of dismal ratings ABC considered moving the game to Monday night. The idea was scrapped, however, when the game was successfully moved to ESPN.
  • Throughout his broadcasting career, John Madden declined to be part of the announcing crew when his network carried the Pro Bowl due to his aviatophobia and claustrophobia (a joke referencing both is made in the Madden NFL '97 before the beginning of the Pro Bowl in season mode, where Madden quips that he drove his "Madden Bus" to Hawaii, rather than flying). Until Madden's retirement from broadcasting after the 2009 Pro Bowl, it had only occurred twice: former San Diego Chargers quarterback and MNF personality Dan Fouts, whom Madden had replaced, took his place on ABC in 2003, and Cris Collinsworth took his place on NBC in 2009 (Collinsworth ended up replacing Madden permanently upon the latter's retirement).

Blackout of game in Hawaii

Although Hawaii does not have a NFL team of its own, the Pro Bowl is still subject to the NFL's blackout policies, requiring the game to be blacked out within the state of Hawaii if it doesn't sell out all of its seats.[8][9] This restriction will not be in effect in Hawaii for the 2010 game, but will be transferred to the Miami media market.

Criticism

The Pro Bowl has been plagued with criticism ever since the NFL allowed fan voting. Voting by fans makes up 1/3 of the vote for Pro Bowl players. Many teams like Dallas, New York, and other large fan bases usually win this popularity contest because fans usually vote for their own team and not necessarily the best player. In the 2008 Pro Bowl, the Dallas Cowboys had thirteen players on the NFC roster, an NFL record. "If you're in a small market, no one really gets to see you play," said Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield. "If you're a quiet guy, it's hard to get the attention. You just have to work hard and play." Winfield made the Pro Bowl in 2008 after ten seasons of being shut out.[10]

The player voting has also been subject to significant criticism. It is not uncommon for the players to pick the same players over and over again; former offensive lineman (and SI.com analyst) Ross Tucker has cited politics, incumbency, and compensation for injury in previous years as primary factors in player's choices among themselves.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ Wyche, Steve (2009-12-28). "Pro Bowl selections, like game itself, will have new wrinkles". NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/probowl/story?id=09000d5d81554233&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true. Retrieved 2010-01-11.  
  2. ^ a b Corbett, Jim (2008-02-11). "2008 Pro Bowl jerseys". USA Today. http://www.jerseyonsale.com/nfl-jerseys-2008-pro-bowl-c-1_35.html. Retrieved 2008-10-20.  
  3. ^ [www.jerseyonsale.com/nfl-jerseys-2008-pro-bowl-c-1_35.html "The 1952 Pro Bowl"]. www.jerseyonsale.com/nfl-jerseys-2008-pro-bowl-c-1_35.html. Retrieved 2008-10-20.  
  4. ^ a b c d e Monday night game.
  5. ^ Filled in for then-Jets head coach Bill Parcells
  6. ^ a b Saturday game.
  7. ^ a b "http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iL9nyg-51rHD51OKCVUD5R_A4DMQD96ONVKG4"
  8. ^ NFL lifts TV blackout as Pro Bowl nears sell out
  9. ^ Pro Bowl Blackout Date Extended (KHOU-TV)
  10. ^ Jemele Hill (2008-12-09). "Take away the fan vote". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=hill/081209&sportCat=nfl. Retrieved 2008-12-12.  
  11. ^ Tucker, Ross. NFL Pro Bowl voting among players should be consistent. SI.com

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The Pro Bowl is the all-star game for the National Football League (NFL). It is played at the end of the season after the Super Bowl. The game has been played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, since January 1980.

AFC-NFC Pro Bowls (1971-present)

Date Score Series Most Valuable Player(s) Venue Head Coaches Television
January 24, 1971 NFC, 27-6 NFC, 1-0 Lineman: Fred Carr, Packers
Back: Mel Renfro, Cowboys
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California AFC: John Madden, Oakland
NFC: Dick Nolan, San Francisco
CBS
January 23, 1972 AFC, 26-13 Tied, 1-1 Defense: Willie Lanier, Chiefs
Offense: Jan Stenerud, Chiefs
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California AFC: Don McCafferty, Baltimore
NFC: Dick Nolan, San Francisco
NBC
January 21, 1973 AFC, 33-28 AFC, 2-1 O.J. Simpson, Bills, Running back Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas AFC: Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh
NFC: Tom Landry, Dallas
CBS
January 20, 1974 AFC, 15-13 AFC, 3-1 Garo Yepremian, Dolphins, Placekicker Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri AFC: John Madden, Oakland
NFC: Tom Landry, Dallas
NBC
January 20, 1975 NFC, 17-10 AFC, 3-2 James Harris, Rams, QuarterbackMiami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida AFC: John Madden, Oakland
NFC: Chuck Knox, Los Angeles
ABC
January 26, 1976 NFC, 23-20 Tied, 3-3 Billy Johnson, Oilers, Kick returner Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana AFC: John Madden, Oakland
NFC: Chuck Knox, Los Angeles
ABC
January 17, 1977 AFC, 24-14 AFC, 4-3 Mel Blount, Steelers, Cornerback The Kingdome, Seattle, Washington AFC: Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh
NFC: Chuck Knox, Los Angeles
ABC
January 23, 1978 NFC, 14-13 Tied, 4-4 Walter Payton, Bears, Running back Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida AFC: John Madden, Oakland
NFC: Bud Grant, Minnesota
ABC
January 29, 1979 NFC, 13-7 NFC, 5-4 Ahmad Rashad, Vikings, Wide receiver Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California AFC: Bum Phillips, Houston
NFC: Ray Malavasi, Los Angeles
ABC
January 27, 1980 NFC, 37-27 NFC, 6-4 Chuck Muncie, Saints, Running back Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Bum Phillips, Houston
NFC: John McKay, Tampa Bay
ABC
February 1, 1981 NFC, 21-7 NFC, 7-4 Eddie Murray, Lions, Placekicker Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Don Coryell, San Diego
NFC: Tom Landry, Dallas
ABC
January 31, 1982 AFC, 16-13 NFC, 7-5 Lee Roy Selmon, Buccaneers, Defensive end
Kellen Winslow, Chargers, Tight end
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Don Coryell, San Diego
NFC: Tom Landry, Dallas
ABC
February 6, 1983 NFC, 20-19 NFC, 8-5 Dan Fouts, Chargers, Quarterback
John Jefferson, Packers, Wide receiver
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Walt Michaels, N.Y. Jets
NFC: Tom Landry, Dallas
ABC
January 29, 1984 NFC, 45-3 NFC, 9-5 Joe Theismann, Redskins, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Chuck Knox, Seattle
NFC: Bill Walsh, San Francisco
ABC
January 27, 1985 AFC, 22-14 NFC, 9-6 Mark Gastineau, Jets, Defensive end Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh
NFC: Mike Ditka, Chicago
ABC
February 2, 1986 NFC, 28-24 NFC, 10-6 Phil Simms, Giants, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Don Shula, Miami
NFC: John Robinson, L.A. Rams
ABC
February 1, 1987 AFC, 10-6 NFC, 10-7 Reggie White, Eagles, Defensive end Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Marty Schottenheimer, Cleveland
NFC: Joe Gibbs, Washington
ABC
February 7, 1988 AFC, 15-6 NFC, 10-8 Bruce Smith, Bills, Defensive end Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Marty Schottenheimer, Cleveland
NFC: Jerry Burns, Minnesota
ESPN
January 29, 1989 NFC, 34-3 NFC, 11-8 Randall Cunningham, Eagles, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Marv Levy, Buffalo
NFC: Mike Ditka, Chicago
ESPN
February 4, 1990 NFC, 27-21 NFC, 12-8 Jerry Gray, Rams, Cornerback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Bud Carson, Cleveland
NFC: John Robinson, L.A. Rams
ESPN
February 3, 1991 AFC, 23-21 NFC, 12-9 Jim Kelly, Bills, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Art Shell, L.A. Raiders
NFC: George Seifert, San Francisco
ESPN
February 2, 1992 NFC, 21-15 NFC, 13-9 Michael Irvin, Cowboys, Wide receiver Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Dan Reeves, Denver
NFC: Wayne Fontes, Detroit
ESPN
February 7, 1993 AFC, 23-20 (OT) NFC, 13-10 Steve Tasker, Bills, Special teams Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Don Shula, Miami
NFC: George Seifert, San Francisco
ESPN
February 6, 1994 NFC, 17-3 NFC, 14-10 Andre Rison, Falcons, Wide receiver Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Marty Schottenheimer, Kansas City
NFC: George Seifert, San Francisco
ESPN
February 5, 1995 AFC, 41-13 NFC, 14-11 Marshall Faulk, Colts, Running back Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Bill Cowher, Pittsburgh
NFC: Barry Switzer, Dallas
ABC
February 4, 1996 NFC, 20-13 NFC, 15-11 Jerry Rice, 49ers, Wide receiver Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Ted Marchibroda, Indianapolis
NFC: Mike Holmgren, Green Bay
ABC
February 2, 1997 AFC, 26-23 (OT) NFC, 15-12 Mark Brunell, Jaguars, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Tom Coughlin, Jacksonville
NFC: Dom Capers, Carolina
ABC
February 1, 1998 AFC, 29-24 NFC, 15-13 Warren Moon, Seahawks, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Bill Cowher, Pittsburgh
NFC: Steve Mariucci, San Francisco
ABC
February 7, 1999 AFC, 23-10 NFC, 15-14 Keyshawn Johnson, Jets, Wide receiver
Ty Law, Patriots, Cornerback
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Bill Belichick*, N.Y. Jets
NFC: Dennis Green, Minnesota
ABC
February 6, 2000 NFC, 51-31 NFC, 16-14 Randy Moss, Vikings, Wide receiver Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Tom Coughlin, Jacksonville
NFC: Tony Dungy, Tampa Bay
ABC
February 4, 2001 AFC, 38-17 NFC, 16-15 Rich Gannon, Raiders, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Jon Gruden, Oakland
NFC: Dennis Green, Minnesota
ABC
**February 9, 2002 AFC, 38-30 Tied, 16-16 Rich Gannon, Raiders, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Bill Cowher, Pittsburgh
NFC: Andy Reid, Philadelphia
ABC
February 2, 2003 AFC, 45-20 AFC, 17-16 Ricky Williams, Dolphins, Running back Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Jeff Fisher, Tennessee
NFC: Andy Reid, Philadelphia
ABC
February 8, 2004 NFC, 55-52 Tied, 17-17 Marc Bulger, Rams, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Tony Dungy, Indianapolis
NFC: Andy Reid, Philadelphia
ESPN
February 13, 2005 AFC, 38-27 AFC, 18-17 Peyton Manning, Colts, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Bill Cowher, Pittsburgh
NFC: Jim L. Mora, Atlanta
ESPN
February 12, 2006 NFC 23-17 Tied, 18-18 Derrick Brooks, Buccaneers, Linebacker Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Mike Shanahan, Denver
NFC: John Fox, Carolina
ESPN
**February 10, 2007 AFC 31-28 AFC, 19-18 Carson Palmer, Bengals, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Bill Belichick, New England
NFC: Sean Payton, New Orleans
CBS
February 10, 2008 NFC 42-30 Tied, 19-19 Adrian Peterson, Vikings, Running Back Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii AFC: Norv Turner, San Diego Chargers,
NFC: Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers
FOX
February 8, 2009 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii NBC
February 14, 2010 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii CBS
February 13, 2011 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii FOX
February 12, 2012 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii NBC

*filled in for then-Jets head coach Bill Parcells

**Saturday game

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