2017 Pro Bowl
The 2017 Pro Bowl (branded as the 2017 Pro Bowl presented by Aquafina for sponsorship reasons) was the National Football League's all-star game for the 2016 season, which was played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on January 29, 2017. The game was the first in a three-year deal to host the Pro Bowl in Orlando, which also included cross-promotional events (such as a newly-established skills competition) held at the Walt Disney World Resort (which is owned by the primary parent company of the game's broadcaster, ESPN).
|Date||January 29, 2017|
|Stadium||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida|
|Offensive MVP||Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs)|
|Defensive MVP||Lorenzo Alexander (Buffalo Bills)|
|National anthem||Olivia Holt|
|Coin toss||Tony Gonzalez|
|Halftime show||NFL Flag Football Boys' Championship Game|
|TV in the United States|
|Announcers||Sean McDonough (play-by-play)|
Jon Gruden (analyst)
Lisa Salters (sideline reporter)
|Market share||7.4 Million|
After three years of using a draft format, the 2017 Pro Bowl returned to the previous conference-based format, played between all-star teams representing the American Football Conference and National Football Conference. The AFC all-stars were coached by Andy Reid, and the NFC all-stars were coached by Jason Garrett.
Host selection processEdit
At least five locations were in contention to host the 2017 Pro Bowl, with four submitting formal bids.
- Aloha Stadium in Hawaii, the site of the Pro Bowl from 1980–2009, 2011–2014, and 2016.
- NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, the site of Super Bowl LI.
- Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, where Pro Bowl rightsholder ESPN has operations at Walt Disney World.
- An unidentified stadium in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
- Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The stadium, which had recently been renovated for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, was discussed as a potential hosting site for the event, but Brazil ultimately declined to place a bid.
Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the 2017 Pro Bowl would be a "week-long celebration for football and our fans"; a number of family-oriented side events was held at the Walt Disney World Resort and its ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, including practices, a 5K run, youth events, and player appearances.
On December 12, 2016, the NFL announced that it would hold a series of skills competitions during Pro Bowl week at the Wide World of Sports Complex, known as the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown.
On June 1, 2016, the NFL confirmed that the Pro Bowl would return to its previous, conference-based format for 2017, after three years of using a draft-based format with players selected by designated captains. The captains were former NFL players Jerome Bettis, Tony Gonzalez, Ray Lewis, and Charles Woodson.
The game format was nearly the same for 2017 as it had been in 2016, with some exceptions:
- Forty-four players were assigned to each team, up from 43 in 2016 (a regular game-day active roster has 46).
- The two-minute warning that was given in the first and third quarters (in addition to the second and fourth quarters) in previous years was eliminated, and the ball did not change hands after the first and third quarters.
- The coin toss determined which team was awarded possession first. There were no kickoffs; the ball was placed on the 25-yard line at the start of each half and after scoring plays.
- Defenses were now permitted to play cover two and press coverage. Prior to 2014, only man coverage was allowed, except for goal line situations.
- A 38-second/25-second play clock was used instead of the usual 40-second/25-second clock, and up from 35-second/25-second clock in 2016.
- Replay reviews will be allowed; previously there was replay in the Pro Bowl only when new equipment tests were being conducted.
- There are no intentional grounding rules.
- Only defensive ends and tackles may rush on passing plays, but those must be on the same side of the ball. The defense is not permitted to blitz.
- All blindside blocks and blocks below the waist are illegal.
- A tight end and running back must be in every formation.
- No more than two wide receivers on either side of the ball.
- Deep middle safety must be aligned inside the hash marks.
The following players were selected to represent the AFC:
|Defensive end||52 Khalil Mack, Oakland[b]
91 Cameron Wake, Miami
|90 Jadeveon Clowney, Houston[b]||92 Leonard Williams, NY Jets[a]|
96 Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati[a]
|Defensive tackle||93 Ndamukong Suh, Miami[b]
97 Geno Atkins, Cincinnati
|99 Jurrell Casey, Tennessee||95 Kyle Williams, Buffalo[a]|
|Outside linebacker||57 Lorenzo Alexander, Buffalo
58 Von Miller, Denver
|98 Brian Orakpo, Tennessee|
|Inside linebacker||54 Dont'a Hightower, New England[d]||57 C. J. Mosley, Baltimore[b]||53 Zach Brown, Buffalo[a]|
50 Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh[a]
|Cornerback||21 Aqib Talib, Denver
22 Marcus Peters, Kansas City[b]
|25 Chris Harris Jr., Denver
26 Casey Hayward, San Diego
|24 Stephon Gilmore, Buffalo[a]|
|Free safety||32 Devin McCourty, New England[d]||27 Reggie Nelson, Oakland||32 Eric Weddle, Baltimore[a]|
|Strong safety||29 Eric Berry, Kansas City[b]||26 Darian Stewart, Denver[a]|
|Punter||1 Pat McAfee, Indianapolis[b]||2 Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City[a]|
|Placekicker||9 Justin Tucker, Baltimore|
|Return specialist||10 Tyreek Hill, Kansas City|
|Special teamer||18 Matthew Slater, New England[d]||57 D. J. Alexander, Kansas City[a]|
|Long snapper||46 Morgan Cox, Baltimore|
The following players were selected to represent the NFC:
|Defensive end||56 Cliff Avril, Seattle
97 Everson Griffen, Minnesota
|72 Michael Bennett, Seattle|
|Defensive tackle||93 Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay
99 Aaron Donald, Los Angeles[b]
|91 Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia||98 Linval Joseph, Minnesota[a]|
|Outside linebacker||44 Vic Beasley, Atlanta[d]
91 Ryan Kerrigan, Washington[b]
|58 Thomas Davis, Carolina||50 K. J. Wright, Seattle[a]|
55 Anthony Barr, Minnesota[a]
|Inside linebacker||54 Bobby Wagner, Seattle||59 Luke Kuechly, Carolina[b]||50 Sean Lee, Dallas[a]|
|Cornerback||20 Janoris Jenkins, NY Giants
21 Patrick Peterson, Arizona
|25 Richard Sherman, Seattle
29 Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota
|Free safety||22 Harrison Smith, Minnesota||21 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Green Bay|
|Strong safety||21 Landon Collins, NY Giants|
|Punter||6 Johnny Hekker, Los Angeles|
|Placekicker||3 Matt Bryant, Atlanta[d]||5 Matt Prater, Detroit[a]|
|Return specialist||84 Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota|
|Special teamer||17 Dwayne Harris, NY Giants|
|Long snapper||44 Jake McQuaide, Los Angeles|
- bold player who participated in game
- a Replacement selection due to injury or vacancy
- b Injured player; selected but will not play
- c Replacement starter; selected as reserve
- d Selected but did not play because his team advanced to Super Bowl LI (see Pro Bowl "Player Selection" section)
- e Players must have accepted their invitations as alternates to be listed; those who declined, such as Tyrod Taylor, are not considered Pro Bowlers
Number of selections per teamEdit
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