The 1967 Pro Bowl was the seventeenth annual National Football League (NFL) all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1966 season. The game was played on January 22, 1967, in a heavy rainstorm at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California, before a sparse crowd of 15,062.[2] This was the second-lowest attendance in the history of the Pro Bowl, next to the inaugural game in January 1939, also in Los Angeles.

1967 East–West Pro Bowl
The front of the L.A. Memorial Coliseum
1234 Total
Eastern Conference 61400 20
Western Conference 0037 10
DateJanuary 22, 1967
StadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Co-MVPsGale Sayers (Chicago Bears, RB), Floyd Peters (Philadelphia Eagles, DT)
FavoriteWest (slight favorite)[1]
TV in the United States
AnnouncersLindsey Nelson, Pat Summerall

The head coaches were Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys for the East and George Allen of the Los Angeles Rams for the West.[3] The game was played a week after the first Super Bowl, on the same field.

For the second year in a row, the East dominated the West on the strength of turnovers, and won 20–10. They recovered two fumbles and intercepted four passes.[4]

The game proved that the NFL had a successor to the great Jim Brown, the Hall of Fame fullback who retired prior to training camp,[5][6][7] with the presence of the Chicago Bears' Gale Sayers, concluding his second NFL season. Sayers rushed for 110 yards on eleven carries and was named back of the game while veteran defensive tackle Floyd Peters of the Philadelphia Eagles was selected as lineman of the game.[2]

Each team consisted of 34 players; the winners received $1,500 each and the losers $900.[1]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "West stars favored in Pro Bowl". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. January 22, 1967. p. 47.
  2. ^ a b "East closes 'gap' with Pro Bowl win". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. January 23, 1967. p. 3B.
  3. ^ "The 1967 Pro Bowl". Bolding Sports Research. Archived from the original on December 6, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  4. ^ "Only 15,062 see East defeat West, 20–10". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. AP. January 23, 1967. pp. 26, 28. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  5. ^ "Jim Brown announces retirement; Collier plans to readjust offense". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). Associated Press. July 14, 1966. p. 31.
  6. ^ "Jim Brown retires from pro football". Free Lance-Star. (Fredericksburg, Virginia). Associated Press. July 14, 1966. p. 16.
  7. ^ "Jim Brown gives up football". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. July 14, 1966. p. 34.

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