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The Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). From the merger with the rival American Football League
American Football League
(AFL) in 1970 up through 2013 and since 2017, it is 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). From 2014 through 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.[1] Unlike most major sports leagues, which hold their all-star games roughly midway through their regular seasons, the Pro Bowl
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 competing in the Super Bowl
Super Bowl
do not participate. Observers and commentators expressed their disfavor with the Pro Bowl in its current state.[2] It draws lower TV ratings than its regular-season games,[3] although the game draws similar ratings to other major all-star games, such as the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.[4] However, the biggest concern of teams is to avoid injuries to the star players.[5] The Associated Press
Associated Press
wrote that players in the 2012 game were "hitting each other as though they were having a pillow fight".[6] Between 1980 and 2016, the game was played at Aloha Stadium
Aloha Stadium
in Hawaii, save for two years. On June 1, 2016, the NFL announced that they reached a multi-year deal to move the game to Orlando, Florida
Orlando, Florida
as part of the league's 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
2017 Pro Bowl
marked a return to the AFC–NFC format.[7][8]

Contents

1 History of the Pro Bowl 2 Player selection 3 Coaching staff 4 Game honors 5 Rule differences 6 Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
uniforms 7 Game results

7.1 NFL All-Star Games (1938–1942) 7.2 NFL Pro Bowls (1950–1969) 7.3 AFC–NFC Pro Bowls (1970–2012) 7.4 Unconferenced Pro Bowls (2013–2015) 7.5 AFC–NFC Pro Bowls (2016–present)

8 Stadiums that have hosted the Pro Bowl 9 Records

9.1 Players with most appearances

10 Television

10.1 Most watched Pro Bowls 10.2 Blackout policy

11 Criticism

11.1 Quality 11.2 Selection process

12 See also 13 References 14 External links

History of the Pro Bowl[edit] The first "Pro All-Star Game", featuring the all-stars of the 1938 season (as well as three players from the Los Angeles Bulldogs
Los Angeles Bulldogs
and Hollywood Bears, who were not members of the league), was played on January 15, 1939 at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles.[9][10] The NFL All-Star Game was played again in Los Angeles in 1940 and then in New York and Philadelphia in 1941 and 1942 respectively. Although originally planned as an annual contest, the all-star game was discontinued after 1942 because of travel restrictions put in place during World War II.[11] During the first five all-star games, an all-star team would face that year's league champion. The league champion won the first four games before the all-stars were victorious in the final game of this early series. The concept of an all-star game was not revived until June 1950, when the newly christened "Pro Bowl" was approved.[11] The game was sponsored by the Los Angeles Publishers Association. It was decided that the game would feature all-star teams from each of the league's two conferences rather than the league champion versus all-star format which had been used previously. This was done to avoid confusion with the Chicago College All-Star Game, an annual game which featured the league champion against a collegiate all-star team. The teams would be led by the coach of each of the conference champions.[11] Immediately prior to the Pro Bowl, following the 1949 season, the All-America Football Conference, which contributed three teams to the NFL in a partial merger in 1950, held its own all-star game, the Shamrock Bowl. The first 21 games of the series (1951–1972) were played in Los Angeles. The site of the game was changed annually for each of the next seven years before the game was moved to Aloha Stadium
Aloha Stadium
in Halawa, Hawaii
Hawaii
for 30 straight seasons from 1980 through 2009. The 2010 Pro Bowl was played at Sun Life Stadium, the home stadium of the Miami Dolphins and host site of Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XLIV, on January 31, the first time ever that the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
was held before the championship game (a decision probably due to increasingly low Nielsen ratings from being regarded as an anti-climax to the Super Bowl). With the new rule being that the conference teams do not include players from the teams that will be playing in the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
then returned to Hawaii
Hawaii
in 2011 but was again held during the week before the Super Bowl, where it remained for three more years. The 2012 game was met with criticism from fans and sports writers for the lack of quality play by the players (see below). On October 24, 2012, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
Roger Goodell
had second thoughts about the Pro Bowl, telling a Sirius XM
Sirius XM
show that if the players did not play more competitively [in the 2013 Pro Bowl], he was "not inclined to play it anymore".[12][13] During the ensuing off-season, the NFL Players Association lobbied to keep the Pro Bowl, and negotiated several rule changes to be implemented for the 2014 game. Among them, the teams will no longer be AFC vs. NFC, and instead be selected by captains in a fantasy draft. For the 2014 game, Jerry Rice
Jerry Rice
and Deion Sanders
Deion Sanders
were chosen as alumni captains, while their captains were Drew Brees
Drew Brees
and Robert Quinn (Rice), along with Jamaal Charles
Jamaal Charles
and J. J. Watt (Sanders).[14] On April 9, 2014, the NFL announced that the 2015 Pro Bowl would be played the week before the Super Bowl
Super Bowl
at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona
Glendale, Arizona
on January 25, 2015.[15] The game returned to Hawaii
Hawaii
in 2016, and the "unconferenced" format was its last.[16] For 2017, the league considered hosting the game at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which if approved will be the first time the game has been hosted outside the United States.[17] The NFL is also considering future Pro Bowls in Mexico and Germany. The NFL hopes that by leveraging international markets with the star power of Pro Bowls, international popularity and viewership will increase.[18] A report released May 19, 2016, indicated that the 2017 Pro Bowl
2017 Pro Bowl
would instead be hosted at a newly renovated Camping World Stadium
Camping World Stadium
in Orlando, Florida; Orlando beat out Brazil (which apparently did not make the final round of voting), Honolulu, Super Bowl
Super Bowl
host site Houston, and a bid from Sydney, Australia for the hosting rights.[19] On June 1, 2016, the league announced that it was restoring the old conference format.[20] Player selection[edit]

Tackle during the 2006 Pro Bowl
2006 Pro Bowl
in Hawaii

Currently, players are voted into the Pro Bowl
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
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 the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
as an alternate; invited alternates who decline to attend are not considered Pro Bowlers. Players whose teams advanced to the Super Bowl
Super Bowl
do not play in the Pro Bowl, and they are replaced by alternate players. From 2014 to 2016, players did not play according to conference; instead, were placed in a draft pool and chosen by team captains.[14] Coaching staff[edit] When the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
was held after the Super Bowl, the head coaches were traditionally the head coaches of the teams that lost in the AFC and NFC championship games for the same season of the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
in question. From 1978 through 1982, the head coaches of the highest ranked divisional champion that lost in the Divisional Playoff Round were chosen.[21] For the 1983 Pro Bowl, the NFL resumed selecting the losing head coaches in the conference championship games. In the 1999 Pro Bowl, New York Jets
New York Jets
head coach Bill Parcells, after his team lost to the Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
in the AFC Championship Game, had to decline due to health reasons and Jets assistant head coach Bill Belichick
Bill Belichick
took his place.[22] When the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
was moved to the weekend between the Conference Championship games and the Super Bowl
Super Bowl
in 2009, the team that lost in the Divisional Playoff Round with the best regular-season record would have their coaching staffs lead their respective conference Pro Bowl team returning to the format used from 1978–1982. It remained that way through 2013; it resumed in 2017. 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
Pro Bowl
honor.[23] From 2014 to 2016, the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
coaches came from the two teams with the best records that lost in the Divisional Playoffs. (In the 2015 Pro Bowl, when John Fox left his coaching job with Denver after his playoff loss to Indianapolis that year, John Harbaugh
John Harbaugh
of Baltimore took over. The next year saw Green Bay's assistant coach Winston Moss took over as Mike McCarthy resigned from coaching due to illness.) Game honors[edit]

Kyle Rudolph
Kyle Rudolph
with the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
MVP trophy in 2013.

A Player of the Game was honored 1951–1956. 1957–1971, awards were presented to both an Outstanding Back and an Outstanding Lineman. In 1972 and since 2014, there are awards for both an Outstanding Offensive Player and an Outstanding Defensive Player. 1973–2007, only one Player of the Game award was honored (though thrice this award has been presented to multiple players in a single game). In 2008 the award was changed to Most Valuable Player (MVP).[24] Players are paid for participating in the game with the winning team receiving a larger payout. The chart below shows how much the players of their respective teams earn:[citation needed]

Years Winners Losers

2011/2013 $50,000 $25,000

2012 $65,000 $40,000

2014 $53,000 $26,000

2015/2016 $55,000 $28,000

2017 $61,000 $30,000

2018 $64,000 $32,000

Rule differences[edit] The Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
has different rules from other NFL games to make the game safer.[25][26]

No motion or shifting by the offense Offense must have a running back and tight end in all formations Offense may have 1 or 2 receivers on the same side Intentional grounding is legal Defense must run a 4–3 at all times, though the Cover 2 and press coverage is allowed[14] No blitz; DEs and tackles can rush on passing plays, provided they are on same side of ball No blindside or below the waist blocks Can not rush punts, PATs or FG attempts Coin toss determines who receives first; loser receives to start 3rd period Kickoffs are eliminated (including free kicks)[14] Teams will start on their own 25-yard line after any score or at the start of each half/odd overtime[14] 38-second play clock to run plays Deep middle safety must be aligned within hash marks Replay reviews are allowed 44-player roster per team

In case of a tie after regulation, multiple 15-minute OT periods will be played (with each team receiving two time outs per period), and in the first overtime teams receive one possession to score unless one of them scores a touchdown/safety on its first possession. True sudden death rules apply thereafter if both teams have had their initial possession and the game remains tied. The Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
is not allowed to end in a tie, unlike preseason and regular season games. (In general, beyond the 1st overtime, whoever scores first wins. The first overtime starts as if the game had started over, like the NFL Playoffs.) Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
uniforms[edit]

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

The teams are made of players from different NFL teams, so 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, with white jerseys with blue or red accents, respectively, for the away team. While it had been speculated that the color of Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
jerseys was determined by the winner of the Super Bowl—as it had been played post- Super Bowl
Super Bowl
for many years—this is untrue. The design of Pro Bowl
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
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 was continued by Reebok, which won the merchandising contract in 2002. Nike subsequently won the contract back in 2011. 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 Ukon 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
Pro Bowl
can now wear the same number for that game. This was not always the case in the past. The 2008 Pro Bowl
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
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.[27] On October 7, 2013, Nike unveiled the uniforms for the 2014 Pro Bowl, which revealed that the red, white and blue colors that the game uniforms bore throughout its entire history will no longer be used for this game. As the NFC–AFC format was not used between 2014 through 2016, team 1 sported a white uniform with bright orange and team 2 sported a gray uniform with volt green.[28] The new uniforms received mixed reviews from fans and sports columnists alike, one even mentioning that the game would look like an "Oregon vs. Oklahoma State" game.[29] Since 2017, when the conference format was restored, the league takes an approach similar to the NFL Color Rush initiative, in which jerseys, pants, and socks were all a uniform colour (red for the AFC, blue for the NFC). Game results[edit] NFL All-Star Games (1938–1942)[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
New York Giants
13, NFL All-Stars 10 Wrigley Field 15,000[30] AS: Ray Flaherty
Ray Flaherty
(Washington) and Gus Henderson (Detroit) NY: Steve Owen

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

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

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

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

1943–1950 – No games

NFL Pro Bowls (1950–1969)[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 NBC

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 NBC

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 DuMont

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 McElhenny, San Francisco 49ers Lineman: Gene Brito, Washington Redskins Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 66,634 EC: Buddy Parker, Pittsburgh WC: George Wilson, Detroit NBC

1958 January 11, 1959 East 28, West 21 West, 5–4 Back: Frank Gifford, New York Giants Lineman: Doug Atkins, Chicago Bears Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 72,250 EC: Jim Lee Howell, New York WC: Weeb Ewbank, Baltimore NBC

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 NBC

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 NBC

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 NBC

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 NBC

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 NBC

1964 January 10, 1965 West 34, East 14 West, 10–5 Back: Fran Tarkenton, Minnesota Vikings Lineman: Terry Barr, Detroit Lions Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 60,598 EC: Blanton Collier, Cleveland WC: Don Shula, Baltimore NBC

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 CBS

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 CBS

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 CBS

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 CBS

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 CBS

AFC–NFC Pro Bowls (1970–2012)[edit]

Season Date Score Series Most Valuable Player(s) 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 48,222 AFC: John Madden, Oakland NFC: Dick Nolan, San Francisco CBS

1971 January 23, 1972 AFC, 26–13 Tied, 1–1 Defense: Willie Lanier, Chiefs Offense: Jan Stenerud, Chiefs Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 53,647 AFC: Don McCafferty, Baltimore NFC: Dick Nolan, San Francisco NBC

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

1973 January 20, 1974 AFC, 15–13 AFC, 3–1 Garo Yepremian, Dolphins, Placekicker Arrowhead Stadium 66,918 AFC: John Madden, Oakland NFC: Tom Landry, Dallas NBC

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

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

1976 January 17, 1977[33] AFC, 24–14 AFC, 4–3 Mel Blount, Steelers, Cornerback The Kingdome 64,752 AFC: Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh NFC: Chuck Knox, Los Angeles ABC

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

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

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

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

1981 January 31, 1982 AFC, 16–13 NFC, 7–5 Lee Roy Selmon, Buccaneers, Defensive end Kellen Winslow, Chargers, Tight end Aloha Stadium 50,402 AFC: Don Shula, Miami NFC: John McKay, Tampa Bay ABC

1982 February 6, 1983 NFC, 20–19 NFC, 8–5 Dan Fouts, Chargers, Quarterback John Jefferson, Packers, Wide receiver Aloha Stadium 49,883 AFC: Walt Michaels, New York Jets NFC: Tom Landry, Dallas ABC

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

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

1985 February 2, 1986 NFC, 28–24 NFC, 10–6 Phil Simms, Giants, Quarterback Aloha Stadium 50,101 AFC: Don Shula, Miami NFC: John Robinson, L.A. Rams ABC

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

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

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

1989 February 4, 1990 NFC, 27–21 NFC, 12–8 Jerry Gray, Rams, Cornerback Aloha Stadium 50,445 AFC: Bud Carson, Cleveland NFC: John Robinson, L.A. Rams ESPN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1998 February 7, 1999 AFC, 23–10 NFC, 15–14 Keyshawn Johnson, Jets, Wide receiver Ty Law, Patriots, Cornerback Aloha Stadium 50,075 AFC: Bill Belichick,[34] N.Y. Jets NFC: Dennis Green, Minnesota ABC

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

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

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

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

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

2004 February 13, 2005 AFC, 38–27 AFC, 18–17 Peyton Manning, Colts, Quarterback Aloha Stadium 50,225 AFC: Bill Cowher, Pittsburgh NFC: Jim L. Mora, Atlanta ESPN

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

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

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

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

2009 January 31, 2010 AFC 41–34 Tied, 20–20 Matt Schaub, Texans, Quarterback Sun Life Stadium 70,697 AFC: Norv Turner, San Diego NFC: Wade Phillips, Dallas ESPN

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

2011 January 29, 2012 AFC 59–41 Tied, 21–21 Brandon Marshall, Dolphins, Wide receiver Aloha Stadium 48,423 AFC: Gary Kubiak, Houston NFC: Mike McCarthy, Green Bay NBC

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

Unconferenced Pro Bowls (2013–2015)[edit]

Season Date Score Most Valuable Player(s) Venue Attendance Head coaches Network

2013 January 26, 2014 Team Rice 22, Team Sanders 21 Offense: Nick Foles, Eagles, Quarterback Defense: Derrick Johnson, Chiefs, Linebacker Aloha Stadium 47,270 Rice: Ron Rivera, Carolina Sanders: Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis NBC

2014 January 25, 2015 Team Irvin 32, Team Carter 28 Offense: Matthew Stafford, Lions, Quarterback Defense: J. J. Watt, Texans, Defensive end University of Phoenix Stadium 63,225 Irvin: Jason Garrett, Dallas Carter: John Harbaugh, Baltimore ESPN

2015 January 31, 2016 Team Irvin 49, Team Rice 27 Offense: Russell Wilson, Seahawks, Quarterback Defense: Michael Bennett, Seahawks, Defensive end Aloha Stadium 50,000 Irvin: Winston Moss, Green Bay Rice: Andy Reid, Kansas City

AFC–NFC Pro Bowls (2016–present)[edit]

Season Date Score Series Most Valuable Player(s) Venue Attendance Head coaches Network

2016 January 29, 2017 AFC 20–13 Tied, 22–22 Offensive: Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs, Tight end Defensive: Lorenzo Alexander, Buffalo Bills, Linebacker Camping World Stadium 60,834 AFC: Andy Reid, Kansas City NFC: Jason Garrett, Dallas ESPN

2017 January 28, 2018 AFC 24–23 AFC, 23–22 Offensive: Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans, Tight end Defensive: Von Miller, Denver Broncos, Linebacker Camping World Stadium 51,019 AFC: Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh NFC: Sean Payton, New Orleans ESPN/ABC

Stadiums that have hosted the Pro Bowl[edit]

Wrigley Field (1939) Gilmore Stadium
Gilmore Stadium
(January and December 1940) Polo Grounds
Polo Grounds
(January 1942) Shibe Park
Shibe Park
(December 1942) Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
(1951–1972, 1979) Texas Stadium
Texas Stadium
(1973) Arrowhead Stadium
Arrowhead Stadium
(1974) Miami Orange Bowl
Miami Orange Bowl
(1975) Louisiana Superdome
Louisiana Superdome
(1976) Kingdome
Kingdome
(1977) Tampa Stadium
Tampa Stadium
(1978) Aloha Stadium
Aloha Stadium
(1980–2009, 2011–2014, 2016) Sun Life Stadium
Sun Life Stadium
(2010) University of Phoenix Stadium
University of Phoenix Stadium
(2015) Camping World Stadium
Camping World Stadium
(2017–present)

Records[edit] Main article: NFL Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
records Players with most appearances[edit] As of the most recent Pro Bowl, the 2017 Pro Bowl, 39 players have been invited to at least ten Pro Bowls in their careers.[35] Except for those that are current active or not yet eligible, each of these players have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Four players share the record of having been invited to 14 Pro Bowls, the first being Merlin Olsen, followed by Bruce Matthews, Tony Gonzalez, and Peyton Manning.[36]

Pro Bowls Player Position Seasons by team Selection years Year of induction into Pro Football Hall of Fame

14 Tony Gonzalez TE Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
(1997–2008) Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
(2009–2013) 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Eligible in 2019

14 Peyton Manning QB Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
(1998–2011) Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
(2012–2015) 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 Eligible in 2021

14 Bruce Matthews G Houston Oilers
Houston Oilers
/ Tennessee Oilers / Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans
(1983–2001) 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 2007

14 Merlin Olsen DT Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams
(1962–1976) 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975 1982

13 Tom Brady QB New England Patriots
New England Patriots
(2000–present) 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Active player

13 Ray Lewis LB Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
(1996–2012) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 2018

13 Jerry Rice WR San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
(1985–2000) Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders
(2001–2004) Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
(2004) 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2002 2010

13 Reggie White DE Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles
(1985–1992) Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
(1993–1998) Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
(2000) 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 2006

12 Champ Bailey CB Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
(1999–2003) Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
(2004–2013) 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Eligible in 2019

12 Ken Houston S Houston Oilers
Houston Oilers
(1967–1972) Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
(1973–1980) 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 1986

12 Randall McDaniel G Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
(1988–1999) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(2000–2001) 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 2009

12 Jim Otto C Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders
(1960–1974) 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 1980

12 Junior Seau LB San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers
(1990–2002) Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
(2003–2005) New England Patriots
New England Patriots
(2006–2009) 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 2015

12 Will Shields G Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
(1993–2006) 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 2015

11 Larry Allen G Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
(1994–2005) San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
(2006–2007) 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 2013

11 Drew Brees QB San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers
(2001–2005) New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
(2006–present) 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 Active player

11 Derrick Brooks LB Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(1995–2008) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 2014

11 Brett Favre QB Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
(1991) Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
(1992–2007) New York Jets
New York Jets
(2008) Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
(2009–2010) 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009 2016

11 Larry Fitzgerald WR Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
(2004–present) 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 Active player

11 Bob Lilly DT Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
(1961–1974) 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 1980

11 Tom Mack G Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams
(1966–1978) 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978 1999

11 Gino Marchetti DE Dallas Texans (1952) Baltimore Colts
Baltimore Colts
(1953–1964; 1966) 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 1972

11 Anthony Muñoz OT Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
(1980–1992) 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 1998

11 Jonathan Ogden OT Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
(1996–2007) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 2013

11 Willie Roaf OT New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
(1993–2001) Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
(2002–2005) 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 2012

11 Bruce Smith DE Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills
(1985–1999) Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
(2000–2003) 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 2009

11 Jason Witten TE Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
(2003–present) 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017 Active player

11 Rod Woodson CB Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
(1987–1996) San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
(1997) Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
(1998–2001) Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders
(2002–2003) 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 2009

10 Joe Greene DT Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
(1969–1981) 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979 1987

10 Ronnie Lott S San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
(1981–1990) Los Angeles Raiders
Los Angeles Raiders
(1991–1992) New York Jets
New York Jets
(1993–1994) 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 2000

10 Leo Nomellini DT San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
(1950–1963) 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961 1969

10 Mel Renfro S Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
(1964–1977) 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 1996

10 Jim Ringo C Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
(1953–1963) Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles
(1964–1967) 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967 1981

10 Barry Sanders RB Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
(1989–1998) 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 2004

10 Joe Schmidt LB Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
(1953–1965) 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963 1973

10 Mike Singletary LB Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
(1981–1992) 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 1998

10 Lawrence Taylor LB New York Giants
New York Giants
(1981–1993) 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 1999

10 Joe Thomas OT Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
(2007–2017) 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Eligible in 2023

10 Johnny Unitas QB Baltimore Colts
Baltimore Colts
(1956–1972) San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers
(1973) 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967 1979

Television[edit] See also: List of Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
broadcasters

Under the prior NFL television contract which was in effect through the 2014 Pro Bowl, the network which aired the Super Bowl
Super Bowl
also aired the Pro Bowl. The 2007 game on CBS
CBS
was held on the Saturday after Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XLI because of the 49th Grammy Awards. The 2008 game was on Fox, broadcaster of Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XLII. Likewise, the 2009 game was on NBC, broadcaster of Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XLIII. CBS
CBS
sold off their rights to the 2010 game to ESPN, which was played a week before the Super Bowl
Super Bowl
at the Super Bowl
Super Bowl
site, Sun Life Stadium. CBS
CBS
also declined to broadcast the 2013 game, which was instead shown on NBC. The 2014 game, also shown on NBC, was the final Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
on network television for four years, as exclusive broadcast rights moved to ESPN
ESPN
in 2015 prior to being simulcast with sister network ABC in 2018. The Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
was originally broadcast on an alternative basis by CBS and NBC
NBC
1971–1974; the other network broadcast the Super Bowl. Later, the game was broadcast as part of the Monday Night Football package on ABC 1975–1987 and again 1995–2003. In 2004–2006, ABC sold its rights to the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
to sister network ESPN
ESPN
(who had shown it 1988–1994). In those years, the ESPN Sunday Night Football crew covered the game. In the early 2000s, after suffering through several years of dwindling ratings ABC considered moving the game to Monday night. The idea was scrapped, however, when ABC decided to sell off the rights to sister network ESPN. Throughout his broadcasting career, John Madden
John Madden
declined to be part of the announcing crew when his network carried the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
due to his aviatophobia and claustrophobia (a joke referencing both is made in the Madden NFL '97
Madden NFL '97
video game before the beginning of the Pro Bowl
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
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
NBC
in 2009 (Collinsworth ended up replacing Madden permanently upon the latter's retirement). ESPN
ESPN
will hold exclusive rights to the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
from 2015 through 2022, although in 2018, the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
returned to network television for the first time in four years as part of a joint ABC/ ESPN
ESPN
simulcast (both sister networks are owned by The Walt Disney Company).[37]

Most watched Pro Bowls[edit]

Rank Game Date Matchup Network Viewers (millions) TV Rating [38] Location

1 2011 Pro Bowl January 29, 2011 AFC 41 NFC 55 Fox 13.4 7.7 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI

2 2000 Pro Bowl February 6, 2000 AFC 31 NFC 51 ABC 13.2 8.6 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI

3 2012 Pro Bowl January 29, 2012 NFC 41 AFC 59 NBC 12.5 7.3 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI

4 2010 Pro Bowl January 31, 2010 AFC 41 NFC 34 ESPN 12.3 7.1 Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL

5 2013 Pro Bowl January 27, 2013 AFC 35 NFC 62 NBC 12.2 7.1 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI

6 2014 Pro Bowl January 26, 2014 Team Rice 22 Team Sanders 21 11.4 6.6 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI

7 2008 Pro Bowl February 10, 2008 AFC 30 NFC 42 Fox 10.0 6.3 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI

8 2003 Pro Bowl February 2, 2003 NFC 23 AFC 45 ABC 9.1 5.9 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI

9 2009 Pro Bowl February 8, 2009 NFC 30 AFC 21 NBC 8.8 5.4 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI

10 2015 Pro Bowl January 25, 2015 Team Irvin 32 Team Carter 28 ESPN 8.8 5.1 University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ

Blackout policy[edit] The Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
is still subject to the NFL's blackout policies, requiring the game to be blacked out within 75 miles (121 km) of the stadium site if the game does not sell out all of the stadium's seats.[39][40] Criticism[edit] Quality[edit] For decades, the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
has been criticized as a glamour event more than a football game. This is due to two causes: the voluntary nature of the game, and the fear of player injury.[citation needed] While players are financially compensated for participating in the Pro Bowl, for a star player, the pay can be less than 1% of their salary. Many star players have excused themselves from participation over the years, meaning that the very best players are not necessarily featured. Not having the best players in the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
was exacerbated by the introduction of fan voting (see section below). Another criticism of the game is that the players—particularly on defense—are not playing "full speed". This is because player injury plays a much greater part in a team's success in the NFL as compared to the other major American sports. For this reason, unlike the NBA, NHL, and MLB
MLB
(which host their all-star events as a mid-season break), the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
was historically held after the completion of the season and playoffs. This means that a player injured in the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
would have at least six months to rehab before the next season begins. However, starting in 2010, the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
was moved from the week after the Super Bowl
Super Bowl
to the week before the Super Bowl. Because of the above-noted fear of injury, players from the two teams participating in the Super Bowl
Super Bowl
were banned from participation, meaning that the absence of star players was only increased. With the dearth of stars making the game the subject of much derision ( Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
website refused to even include one pre-game story on the event in 2012),[citation needed] the players on the field appear to be taking it less seriously as well.[citation needed] In the 2012 game, the lack of defensive effort was apparent, not only to anyone watching, but to anyone who saw the score of 100 points. One NFL player watching the game said, "They probably should have just put flags on them,"[41] indicating that the quality was about on the level of flag football. Commissioner Roger Goodell
Roger Goodell
stated that the game needed to improve, otherwise it would be eliminated.[42][43] It is worth noting that entire teams have declined to participate after losing the conference championship, like the 2015 New England Patriots, which had seven starters on the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
roster. This, among other factors, caused the 2016 Pro Bowl
2016 Pro Bowl
to be more of a game featuring emerging players, with a record of 133 players selected overall (including those who were absent), and ended up including rookie QB Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston
instead of recognized veterans Tom Brady
Tom Brady
and Carson Palmer, who were both in the conversation for the 2015 NFL season
2015 NFL season
MVP before losing in their respective conference finals.[44] Selection process[edit] Fan voting has increased criticism of the Pro Bowl. Voting by fans makes up 1/3 of the vote for Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
players. Some teams earn more selections of their players because fans often vote for their favorite team and not necessarily the best player. In the 2008 Pro Bowl, the Dallas Cowboys
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
Minnesota Vikings
cornerback Antoine Winfield, who spent much of his early career with the small-market Buffalo Bills. "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
Pro Bowl
in 2008 after ten seasons of being shut out.[45] The player voting has also been subject to significant criticism. It is not uncommon for players to pick the same players over and over again; former offensive lineman (and Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
analyst) Ross Tucker has cited politics, incumbency, personal vendettas, and compensation for injury in previous years as primary factors in players' choices. Thus, players who have seen their play decline with age can still be perennially elected to the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
due to their popularity among other players, something particularly common among positions such as the offensive line, where few statistics are available.[46] For example, in 2010, Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
linebacker Terrell Suggs
Terrell Suggs
admitted voting for Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick
(then the backup quarterback of the Buffalo Bills) over eventual league most valuable player Tom Brady
Tom Brady
not because he thought Fitzpatrick was the better player but as a vote of disrespect toward Brady's team, the New England Patriots.[47] Some players have had a surprisingly small number of Pro Bowl selections despite distinguished careers. Hall of Fame running back John Riggins
John Riggins
was selected only once in his career from 1971 to 1985. He was not selected in the year after which he set the record for rushing touchdowns in a season and his team made it to the Super Bowl (although he did make the All-Pro team). Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Nitschke only made the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
once, despite being named All-Pro seven times and being the MVP of the 1962 NFL Championship Game. Defensive back
Defensive back
Ken Riley never made the Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
in his 15 seasons, even though he recorded 65 interceptions, the fourth-highest total in NFL history at the time of his retirement. Former Jacksonville Jaguars halfback Fred Taylor, who is 15th in all-time rushing yards, was elected to his only Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
in 2007, despite averaging 4.6 yards per carry for his career, better than all but five running backs ranked in the top 30 in all-time rushing. Aaron Smith made it to the Pro Bowl once in 13 years (2004) despite winning two Super Bowl
Super Bowl
rings with the Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
and being named to the Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
2000s All Decade Team, despite defensive teammates such as Troy Polamalu, Casey Hampton, and James Harrison being named to multiple Pro Bowls during his career; Smith would often be ranked as one of the NFL's most underrated players during his career.[48] Long snappers are picked by the coaches and not voted on at all. They are not allowed to play on their own coach's team. See also[edit]

American Football League
American Football League
All-Star games All-America Football Conference
All-America Football Conference
All-Star Game List of players selected to the Pro Bowl List of Pro Bowl
Pro Bowl
broadcasters Chicago College All-Star Game
Chicago College All-Star Game
– a series played between an NFL team and a collegiate all-star team

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