The 1951 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's inaugural Pro Bowl which featured the league's outstanding performers from the 1950 season. The game was played on Sunday, January 14, 1951, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California in front of 53,676 fans. The American Conference squad defeated the National Conference by a score of 28–27.[1][2] The player were selected by a vote of each conferences coaches along with the sports editors of the newspapers in the Los Angeles area, where the game was contested.[3]

1951 National–American Pro Bowl
Members of the 1951 American Conference offense.
Top row, from left right: Geri, Motley, Graham and Dudley. Bottom row, from left to right: Pihos, DeRogatis, Barnes, Bednarik, Fischer, Weinmeister and Speedie.
1234 Total
American Conference 77140 28
National Conference 71370 27
DateJanuary 14, 1951
StadiumMemorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
MVPOtto Graham (Cleveland Browns)
TV in the United States
Networknot televised

The National team was led by the Los Angeles Rams' Joe Stydahar while Paul Brown of the Cleveland Browns coached the American stars. The same two coaches had faced each other three weeks earlier in the 1950 NFL Championship Game in which Brown's team had also defeated Stydahar's. Both coaches employed the T formation offense in the Pro Bowl.[4]

Cleveland Browns quarterback Otto Graham was named the game's outstanding player.[5]

Rosters edit

The 31-man Pro Bowl squads consisted of the following players:[2][6]

Position American Conference[3] National Conference[7][8]
Quarterback Charlie Conerly[a] – New York Giants
Harry Gilmer – Washington Redskins
Otto Graham – Cleveland Browns
Jim Hardy – Chicago Cardinals
Frankie Albert – San Francisco 49ers
Johnny Lujack – Chicago Bears
Norm Van Brocklin – Los Angeles Rams
Bob Waterfield – Los Angeles Rams
Halfback Elmer Angsman – Chicago Cardinals
Bill Dudley – Washington Redskins
Joe Geri – Pittsburgh Steelers
Gene Roberts – New York Giants
Otto Schnellbacher – New York Giants
Emlen Tunnell – New York Giants
Glenn Davis – Los Angeles Rams
Don Doll – Detroit Lions
Billy GrimesGreen Bay Packers
Woodley Lewis – Los Angeles Rams
Spec Sanders – New York Yanks
Johnny Strzykalski – San Francisco 49ers
Doak Walker – Detroit Lions
Fullback Tony Adamle – Cleveland Browns
Pat Harder – Chicago Cardinals
Marion Motley – Cleveland Browns
Jerry Shipkey – Pittsburgh Steelers
Dick Hoerner – Los Angeles Rams
Zollie Toth – New York Yanks
Norm Standlee – San Francisco 49ers
End John Green – Philadelphia Eagles
Pete Pihos – Philadelphia Eagles
Ray Poole[a] – New York Giants
Bob Shaw – Chicago Cardinals
Mac Speedie – Cleveland Browns
Bob Dove[b] – Chicago Cardinals
Cloyce Box –Detroit Lions
Larry Brink – Los Angeles Rams
Dan Edwards – New York Yanks
Tom Fears – Los Angeles Rams
Ed Sprinkle – Chicago Bears
Tackle Al DeRogatis – New York Giants
Lou Groza – Cleveland Browns
Paul Lipscomb – Washington Redskins
Arnie Weinmeister – New York Giants
Al Wistert – Philadelphia Eagles
George Connor – Chicago Bears
Fred Davis – Chicago Bears
Dick Huffman – Los Angeles Rams
Thurman McGraw – Detroit Lions
Leo Nomellini – San Francisco 49ers
Guard Walt Barnes – Philadelphia Eagles
Bill Fischer – Chicago Cardinals
Weldon Humble – Cleveland Browns
Bill Willis – Cleveland Browns
Dick Barwegan – Chicago Bears
Ray Bray – Chicago Bears
Lou Creekmur – Detroit Lions
Visco Grgich – San Francisco 49ers
Center Chuck Bednarik – Philadelphia Eagles
John Cannady – New York Giants
Bill Walsh – Pittsburgh Steelers
Ed Neal – Green Bay Packers
Clayton Tonnemaker[a]  – Green Bay Packers
Bulldog Turner – Chicago Bears
Brad Ecklund[b] – New York Yanks

Roster Notes:

a Selected but did not play
b Replacement selection due to injury or vacancy

Number of selections by team edit

Note: these numbers include players selected to the team but unable to play as well as replacements for these players, so there are more than 31 players in each conference.

American Team Selections
New York Giants 8
Cleveland Browns 7
Chicago Cardinals 6
Philadelphia Eagles 5
Pittsburgh Steelers 3
Washington Redskins 3
National Team Selections
Los Angeles Rams 8
Chicago Bears 7
Detroit Lions 5
San Francisco 49ers 5
New York Yanks 4
Green Bay Packers 3
Baltimore Colts 0

References edit

  1. ^ "Graham paces Americans to 28–27 win in Pro Bowl". Milwaukee Sentinel. AP. January 15, 1951. p. 3 (Part 2). Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Browns' Americans win Pro Bowl game, 28–27". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. AP. January 15, 1951. p. 19. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Pro Bowl names linemen". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. December 14, 1950. p. 50. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  4. ^ "Pro all-stars clash on coast". Pittsburgh Press. January 14, 1951. p. 40. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  5. ^ "The 1951 Pro Bowl". Bolding Sports Research. Archived from the original on May 1, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  6. ^ "1951 Pro Bowl". Archived from the original on February 5, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  7. ^ "National loop names backs for Pro Bowl". Pittsburgh Press. UP. December 21, 1950. p. 29. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  8. ^ "Bears supply six linemen for Pro Bowl". Pittsburgh Press. UP. December 19, 1950. p. 43. Retrieved January 25, 2012.