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The 1981 Pro Bowl was the NFL's 31st annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1980 season. The game was played on Sunday, February 1, 1981, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The final score was NFC 21, AFC 7.[1]

1981 NFL Pro Bowl
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1234 Total
AFC 0700 7
NFC 36012 21
DateFebruary 1, 1981
StadiumAloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
MVPEddie Murray (Detroit Lions)
RefereeGordon McCarter
TV in the United States
AnnouncersFrank Gifford, Howard Cosell, Fran Tarkenton & Lynn Swann

Sam Rutigliano of the Cleveland Browns led the AFC team against an NFC team coached by Atlanta Falcons head coach Leeman Bennett.[1] The referee was Gordon McCarter.[1]

NFL Rosters[2]Edit



LT - Pat Donovan LT - Mike Kenn LG - Kent Hill LG - Herbert Scott C - Rich Saul C - Jeff Van Note RG - Dennis Harrah RT - Dan Dierdorf QB - Steve Bartkowski QB - Ron Jaworski RB - Ottis Anderson RB - Billy Sims RB - Walter Payton FB - William Andrews TE - Jimmie Giles TE - Junior Miller WR - Alfred Jenkins WR - Pat Tilley WR - Harold Carmichael WR - Ahmad Rashād WR - James Lofton


LCB Pat Thomas LCB Lemar Parrish FS - Nolan Cromwell LLB - Matt Blair LOLB - Dave Lewis LOLB - Brad Van Pelt MLB - Jack Reynolds MLB - Bob Breunig SS - Gary Fencik RCB - Joe Lavender RCB - Rod Perry LDE Dan Hampton NT - Charlie Johnson LDT Larry Brooks RDT Randy White RDE - Al Baker RDE - Lee Roy Selmon

Special TeamEdit

K - Eddie Murray P - Dave Jennings KR/PR - Mike Nelms



LT - Art Shell LT - Doug Dieken LG - Doug Wilkerson LG - John Hannah C - Tom DeLeone C - Mike Webster RG - Joe DeLamilleure RT - Marvin Powell QB - Dan Fouts QB - Brian Sipe RB - Kenny King RB - Earl Campbell FB - Mike Pruitt FB - Franco Harris TE - Dave Casper TE - Kellen Winslow WR - Jerry Butler WR - Charlie Joiner WR - Stanley Morgan WR - John Jefferson


LCB -Lester Hayes FS - Tim Fox FS - Gary Barbaro LLB - Jack Ham LLB - Matt Blair LILB - Steve Nelson LOLB - Ted Hendricks MLB - Jack Lambert ROLB - Robert Brazille SS - Donnie Shell RCB - Greg Stemrick RCB - Mike Haynes LDE - Art Still NT - Charlie Johnson LDT - Louie Kelcher RDT - Gary Johnson RDE - Julius Adams RDE - Fred Dean

Special TeamEdit

K - John Smith P - Ray Guy PR/RB - Joe Cribbs PR/WR - J.T. Smith

Rookie placekicker Eddie Murray of the Detroit Lions was named the game's Most Valuable Player.[3]

Players on the winning NFC team received $5,000 apiece while the AFC participants each took home $2,500.[4] The game was the first in NFL history played in February.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c "1981 Pro Bowl game book" (PDF). NFL Game Statistics & Information. National Football League. Archived (PDF) from the original on January 30, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
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  3. ^ "NFC Clobbers AFC in Pro Bowl". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. AP. February 2, 1981. p. 20. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  4. ^ "NFL Pro Bowl history". Archived from the original on January 16, 2012. Retrieved January 16, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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