The Pro Bowl is the all-star game of NFL. From the merger with the rival AFL in 1970 up through 2013 and resuming in 2017, it is officially called the AFCNFC Pro Bowl, matching the top players in the the American Football Conference (AFC) against those in the National Football Conference (NFC). Between 2014 and 2016, the NFL experimented with an unconferenced format, where the teams were selected by two honorary team captains (who are each in the Hall of Fame), instead of selecting players from each conference. The players were picked in a televised "schoolyard pick" prior to the game.

Unlike most major sports leagues, which hold their all-star games roughly midway through their respective regular seasons, the Pro Bowl is played around the end of the NFL season. Between 1970 and 2009, it was usually held the weekend after the Super Bowl. Since 2010, the Pro Bowl has been played the weekend before the Super Bowl. Players from the two teams going for the Super Bowl do not participate.

Observers and commentators expressed their disfavor with the Pro Bowl in its current state. It draws lower TV ratings than its regular-season games, although the game draws similar ratings to other major all-star games such as the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. However, the biggest concern of teams is to avoid injuries to the star players. The Associated Press wrote that players in the 2012 game were "hitting each other as though they were having a pillow fight."

Between 1980 and 2016, the game was played at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii, save for 2 years. On June 1, 2016, NFL announced that they reached a multi-year deal to move the game to Orlando, Florida as part of their ongoing efforts to make the game more relevant. For years, the game has suffered from lack of interest due to perceived low quality. The 2017 Pro Bowl will also mark a return to the AFCNFC format.

Pro Bowl Results Throughout The Ages (1936-present)Edit

NFL All-Star Games (1939–1942) Edit

No Most Valuable Player awards were presented during these games
Season Date Score Venue Attendance Head coaches
1938 January 15, 1939 New York Giants 13, Pro All-Stars 10 Wrigley Field, Los Angeles 15,000[30] AS: Ray Flaherty (Washington) and Gus Henderson (Detroit)

NY: Steve Owen

1939 January 14, 1940 Green Bay Packers 16, NFL All-Stars 7 Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles 18,000 AS: Steve Owen (New York)

GB: Curly Lambeau

1940 December 29, 1940 Chicago Bears 28, NFL All-Stars 14 Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles 21,624 AS: Ray Flaherty (Washington)

CB: George Halas

1941 January 4, 1942 Chicago Bears 35, NFL All-Stars 24 Polo Grounds, New York City 17,725 AS: Steve Owen (New York)

CB: George Halas

1942 December 27, 1942 NFL All-Stars 17, Washington Redskins 14 Shibe Park, Philadelphia 18,671 AS: Hunk Anderson (Chicago Bears)

Wash: Ray Flaherty

NFL Pro Bowls (1951–1970) Edit

Season Date Score Series Most Valuable Players Venue[31] Attendance Head coaches Network
1950 January 14, 1951 American Conference 28, National Conference 27 AC, 1–0 Otto Graham, Cleveland Browns, Quarterback Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 53,676 AC: Paul Brown, Cleveland

NC: Joe Stydahar, Los Angeles

1951 January 12, 1952[32] National Conference 30, American Conference 13 Tied, 1–1 Dan Towler, Los Angeles Rams, Running back Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 19,400 AC: Paul Brown, Cleveland

NC: Joe Stydahar, Los Angeles

1952 January 10, 1953[32] National Conference 27, American Conference 7 NC, 2–1 Don Doll, Detroit Lions, Defensive back Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 34,208 AC: Paul Brown, Cleveland

NC: Buddy Parker, Detroit

1953 January 17, 1954 East 20, West 9 Tied, 2–2 Chuck Bednarik, Philadelphia Eagles, Linebacker Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 44,214 EC: Paul Brown, Cleveland

WC: Buddy Parker, Detroit

1954 January 16, 1955 West 26, East 19 West, 3–2 Billy Wilson, San Francisco 49ers, End Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 43,972 EC: Jim Trimble, Philadelphia

WC: Buck Shaw, San Francisco

1955 January 15, 1956 East 31, West 30 Tied, 3–3 Ollie Matson, Chicago Cardinals, Running back Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 37,867 EC: Joe Kuharich, Washington

WC: Sid Gillman, Los Angeles

1956 January 13, 1957 West 19, East 10 West, 4–3 Back: Bert Rechichar, Baltimore Colts

Lineman: Ernie Stautner, Pittsburgh Steelers

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 44,177 EC: Jim Lee Howell, New York

WC: Paddy Driscoll, Chicago Bears

1957 January 12, 1958 West 26, East 7 West, 5–3 Back: Hugh McElhennySan Francisco 49ers

Lineman: Gene Brito, Washington Redskins

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 66,634 EC: Buddy Parker, Pittsburgh

WC: George Wilson, Detroit

1958 January 11, 1959 East 28, West 21 West, 5–4 Back: Frank GiffordNew York Giants

Lineman: Doug Atkins, Chicago Bears

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 72,250 EC: Jim Lee Howell, New York

WC: Weeb Ewbank, Baltimore

1959 January 17, 1960 West 38, East 21 West, 6–4 Back: Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts

Lineman: Eugene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, Pittsburgh Steelers

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 56,876 EC: Buck Shaw, Philadelphia

WC: Red Hickey, San Francisco

1960 January 15, 1961 West 35, East 31 West, 7–4 Back: Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts

Lineman: Sam Huff, New York Giants

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 62,971 EC: Buck Shaw, Philadelphia

WC: Vince Lombardi, Green Bay

1961 January 14, 1962 West 31, East 30 West, 8–4 Back: Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns

Lineman: Henry Jordan, Green Bay Packers

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 57,409 EC: Allie Sherman, New York

WC: Norm Van Brocklin, Minnesota

1962 January 13, 1963 East 30, West 20 West, 8–5 Back: Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns

Lineman: Eugene Lipscomb, Pittsburgh Steelers

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 61,374 EC: Allie Sherman, New York

WC: Vince Lombardi, Green Bay

1963 January 12, 1964 West 31, East 17 West, 9–5 Back: Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts

Lineman: Gino Marchetti, Baltimore Colts

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 67,242 EC: Allie Sherman, New York

WC: George Halas, Chicago

1964 January 10, 1965 West 34, East 14 West, 10–5 Back: Fran Tarkenton, Vikings

Lineman: Terry Barr, Detroit Lions

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 60,598 EC: Blanton Collier, Cleveland

WC: Don Shula, Baltimore

1965 January 15, 1966 East 36, West 7 West, 10–6 Back: Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns

Lineman: Dale Meinert, St. Louis Cardinals

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 60,124 EC: Blanton Collier, Cleveland

WC: Vince Lombardi, Green Bay

1966 January 22, 1967 East 20, West 10 West, 10–7 Back: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears

Lineman: Floyd Peters, Philadelphia Eagles

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 15,062 EC: Tom Landry, Dallas

WC: George Allen, Los Angeles

1967 January 21, 1968 West 38, East 20 West, 11–7 Back: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears

Lineman: Dave Robinson, Green Bay Packers

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 53,289 EC:Otto Graham, Washington

WC: Don Shula, Baltimore

1968 January 19, 1969 West 10, East 7 West, 12–7 Back: Roman Gabriel, Los Angeles Rams

Lineman: Merlin Olsen, Los Angeles Rams

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 32,050 EC: Tom Landry, Dallas

WC: George Allen, Los Angeles

1969 January 18, 1970 West 16, East 13 West, 13–7 Back: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears

Lineman: George Andrie, Dallas Cowboys

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 57,786 EC: Tom Fears, New Orleans

WC: Norm Van Brocklin, Atlanta


AFC–NFC Pro Bowls (1971–2013) Edit

Season Date Score Series MVPs Venue Attendance Head coaches Network
1970 January 24, 1971 NFC, 27-6 NFC, 1–0 Lineman: Fred Carr, Packers

Back: Mel Renfro, Cowboys

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles 48,222 AFC: John Madden, Oakland

NFC: Dick Nolan, San Francisco

1971 January 23, 1972 AFC33-28 Tied, 1–1 Defense: Willie Lanier, Chiefs

Offense: Jan Stenerud, Chiefs

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California 53,647 AFC: Don McCafferty, Baltimore

NFC: Dick Nolan, San Francisco

1972 January 21, 1973 AFC, 33–28 AFC, 2–1 O.J. Simpson, Bills, Running back Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas 37,091 AFC: Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh

NFC: Tom Landry, Dallas

1973 January 20, 1974 AFC, 15–13 AFC, 3–1 Garo Yepremian, Dolphins, Placekicker Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 66,918 AFC: John Madden, Oakland

NFC: Tom Landry, Dallas

1974 January 20, 1975[33] NFC, 17–10 AFC, 3–2 James Harris, Rams, Quarterback Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida 26,484 AFC: John Madden, Oakland

NFC: Chuck Knox, Los Angeles

1975 January 26, 1976[33] NFC, 23–20 Tied, 3–3 Billy Johnson, Oilers, Kick returner Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans 30,546 AFC: John Madden, Oakland

NFC: Chuck Knox, Los Angeles

1976 January 17, 1977[33] AFC, 24–14 AFC, 4–3 Mel Blount, Steelers, Cornerback The Kingdome, Seattle, Washington 64,752 AFC: Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh

NFC: Chuck Knox, Los Angeles

1977 January 23, 1978[33] NFC, 14–13 Tied, 4–4 Walter Payton, Bears, Running back Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida 51,337 AFC: Ted Marchibroda, Baltimore

NFC: Chuck Knox, Los Angeles

1978 January 29, 1979[33] NFC, 13–7 NFC, 5–4 Ahmad Rashad, Vikings, Wide receiver Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles 46,281 AFC: Chuck Fairbanks, New England

NFC: Bud Grant, Minnesota

1979 January 27, 1980 NFC, 37–27 NFC, 6–4 Chuck Muncie, Saints, Running back Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 49,800 AFC: Don Coryell, San Diego

NFC: Tom Landry, Dallas

1980 February 1, 1981 NFC, 21–7 NFC, 7–4 Eddie Murray, Lions, Placekicker Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,360 AFC: Sam Rutigliano, Cleveland

NFC: Leeman Bennett, Atlanta

1981 January 31, 1982 AFC, 16–13 NFC, 7–5 Lee Roy Selmon, Buccaneers, Defensive end

Kellen Winslow, Chargers, Tight end

Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,402 AFC: Don Shula, Miami

NFC: John McKay, Tampa Bay

1982 February 6, 1983 NFC, 20–19 NFC, 8–5 Dan Fouts, Chargers, Quarterback

John Jefferson, Packers, Wide receiver

Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 49,883 AFC: Walt Michaels, New York Jets

NFC: Tom Landry, Dallas

1983 January 29, 1984 NFC, 45–3 NFC, 9–5 Joe Theismann, Redskins, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,445 AFC: Chuck Knox, Seattle

NFC: Bill Walsh, San Francisco

1984 January 27, 1985 AFC, 22–14 NFC, 9–6 Mark Gastineau, Jets, Defensive end Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,385 AFC: Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh

NFC: Mike Ditka, Chicago

1985 February 2, 1986 NFC, 28–24 NFC, 10–6 Phil Simms, Giants, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,101 AFC: Don Shula, Miami

NFC: John Robinson, L.A. Rams

1986 February 1, 1987 AFC, 10–6 NFC, 10–7 Reggie White, Eagles, Defensive end Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,101 AFC: Marty Schottenheimer, Cleveland

NFC: Joe Gibbs, Washington

1987 February 7, 1988 AFC, 15–6 NFC, 10–8 Bruce Smith, Bills, Defensive end Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,113 AFC: Marty Schottenheimer, Cleveland

NFC: Jerry Burns, Minnesota

1988 January 29, 1989 NFC, 34–3 NFC, 11–8 Randall Cunningham, Eagles, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,113 AFC: Marv Levy, Buffalo

NFC: Mike Ditka, Chicago

1989 February 4, 1990 NFC, 27–21 NFC, 12–8 Jerry Gray, Rams, Cornerback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,445 AFC: Bud Carson, Cleveland

NFC: John Robinson, L.A. Rams

1990 February 3, 1991 AFC, 23–21 NFC, 12–9 Jim Kelly, Bills, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,345 AFC: Art Shell, L.A. Raiders

NFC: George Seifert, San Francisco

1991 February 2, 1992 NFC, 21–15 NFC, 13–9 Michael Irvin, Cowboys, Wide receiver Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,209 AFC: Dan Reeves, Denver

NFC: Wayne Fontes, Detroit

1992 February 7, 1993 AFC, 23–20 (OT) NFC, 13–10 Steve Tasker, Bills, Special teams Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,007 AFC: Don Shula, Miami

NFC: George Seifert, San Francisco

1993 February 6, 1994 NFC, 17–3 NFC, 14–10 Andre Rison, Falcons, Wide receiver Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,026 AFC: Marty Schottenheimer, Kansas City

NFC: George Seifert, San Francisco

1994 February 5, 1995 AFC, 41–13 NFC, 14–11 Marshall Faulk, Colts, Running back Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 49,121 AFC: Bill Cowher, Pittsburgh

NFC: Barry Switzer, Dallas

1995 February 4, 1996 NFC, 20–13 NFC, 15–11 Jerry Rice, 49ers, Wide receiver Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,034 AFC: Ted Marchibroda, Indianapolis

NFC: Mike Holmgren, Green Bay

1996 February 2, 1997 AFC, 26–23 (OT) NFC, 15–12 Mark Brunell, Jaguars, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,031 AFC: Tom Coughlin, Jacksonville

NFC: Dom Capers, Carolina

1997 February 1, 1998 AFC, 29–24 NFC, 15–13 Warren Moon, Seahawks, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 49,995 AFC: Bill Cowher, Pittsburgh

NFC: Steve Mariucci, San Francisco

1998 February 7, 1999 AFC, 23–10 NFC, 15–14 Keyshawn Johnson, Jets, Wide receiver

Ty Law, Patriots, Cornerback

Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,075 AFC: Bill Belichick,[34] N.Y. Jets

NFC: Dennis Green, Minnesota

1999 February 6, 2000 NFC, 51–31 NFC, 16–14 Randy Moss, Vikings, Wide receiver Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,112 AFC: Tom Coughlin, Jacksonville

NFC: Tony Dungy, Tampa Bay

2000 February 4, 2001 AFC, 38–17 NFC, 16–15 Rich Gannon, Raiders, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,128 AFC: Jon Gruden, Oakland

NFC: Dennis Green, Minnesota

2001 February 9, 2002[32] AFC, 38–30 Tied, 16–16 Rich Gannon, Raiders, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,301 AFC: Bill Cowher, Pittsburgh

NFC: Andy Reid, Philadelphia

2002 February 2, 2003 AFC, 45–20 AFC, 17–16 Ricky Williams, Dolphins, Running back Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,125 AFC: Jeff Fisher, Tennessee

NFC: Andy Reid, Philadelphia

2003 February 8, 2004 NFC, 55–52 Tied, 17–17 Marc Bulger, Rams, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,127 AFC: Tony Dungy, Indianapolis

NFC: Andy Reid, Philadelphia

2004 February 13, 2005 AFC, 38–27 AFC, 18–17 Peyton Manning, Colts, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,225 AFC: Bill Cowher, Pittsburgh

NFC: Jim L. Mora, Atlanta

2005 February 12, 2006 NFC 23–17 Tied, 18–18 Derrick Brooks, Buccaneers, Linebacker Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,190 AFC: Mike Shanahan, Denver

NFC: John Fox, Carolina

2006 February 10, 2007[32] AFC, 31–28 AFC, 19–18 Carson Palmer, Bengals, Quarterback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,410 AFC: Bill Belichick, New England

NFC: Sean Payton, New Orleans

2007 February 10, 2008 NFC 42–30 Tied, 19–19 Adrian Peterson, Vikings, Running back Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 50,044 AFC: Norv Turner, San Diego

NFC: Mike McCarthy, Green Bay

2008 February 8, 2009 NFC 30–21 NFC, 20–19 Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals, Wide receiver Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 49,958 AFC: John Harbaugh, Baltimore

NFC: Andy Reid, Philadelphia

2009 January 31, 2010 AFC 41–34 Tied, 20–20 Matt Schaub, Texans, Quarterback Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida 70,697 AFC: Norv Turner, San Diego

NFC: Wade Phillips, Dallas

2010 January 30, 2011 NFC 55–41 NFC, 21–20 DeAngelo Hall, Redskins, Cornerback Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 49,338 AFC: Bill Belichick, New England

NFC: Mike Smith, Atlanta

2011 January 29, 2012 AFC 59–41 Tied, 21–21 Brandon Marshall, Dolphins, Wide receiver Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 48,423 AFC: Gary Kubiak, Houston

NFC: Mike McCarthy, Green Bay

2012 January 27, 2013 NFC 62–35 NFC, 22–21 Kyle Rudolph, Vikings, Tight end Aloha Stadium, Honolulu 47,134 AFC: John Fox, Denver

NFC: Mike McCarthy, Green Bay

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