Senior Bowl

The Senior Bowl is a post-season college football all-star game played each January in Mobile, Alabama, which showcases the best NFL Draft prospects of those players who have completed their college eligibility. First played in 1950 in Jacksonville, Florida, the game moved to Mobile's Ladd–Peebles Stadium the next year, where it would remain through the 2020 edition. From 2021 forward, the game will remain in Mobile, but will move to the University of South Alabama's new Hancock Whitney Stadium.[1] Produced by the non-profit Mobile Arts & Sports Association, the game is also a charitable fund-raiser benefiting various local and regional organizations with over US$7.8 million in donations over its history.

Senior Bowl
Reese's Senior Bowl
Senior Bowl logo.jpg
StadiumHancock Whitney Stadium
LocationMobile, Alabama
Previous stadiumsGator Bowl Stadium (1950)
Ladd-Peebles Stadium (1951–2020)
Previous locationsJacksonville, Florida (1950)
Operated1950–present
Sponsors
Delchamps (1996–2001)
Food World (2002–2006)
Under Armour (2007–2011)
Nike (2012–2013)
Reese's (2014–present)
2020 matchup
North vs. South (North 34–17)
2021 matchup
North vs. South (January 30, 2021)

In 2007, telecast of the game moved from ESPN to NFL Network. In 2013, Reese's took over sponsorship, starting with the 2014 game.[2] In January 2018, Reese's announced that they were extending their sponsorship of the game; a specific duration was not given.[2]

BackgroundEdit

 
Otto Graham coached in the 1967 game.
 
Jon Gruden has coached in four games.

Two teams, representing the North and the South, are coached by select coaching staff from two NFL teams. In recent years, the coaching staffs have come from teams who finished near the bottom of the league standings, but whose coaches were not subsequently terminated. Organizers stipulate a number of specific rules for the game, some of which are intended to reduce the chance of injury (e.g. "All blocks below the waist are prohibited"), and others that simplify what the teams need to practice and prepare for (e.g. "Only four rushers allowed, no 5-man pressures or blitzes from secondary permitted").[3]

The week-long practice that precedes the game is attended by key NFL personnel (including coaches, general managers and scouts), who oversee the players as possible prospects for pro football. At one point the Senior Bowl was the first chance its participants had to openly receive pay for participation in an athletic event. This was one reason that participation was limited to seniors whose eligibility for further participation in collegiate football had expired, and the game was also their first exposure to the slightly different professional rules. Players who wished to participate in collegiate spring sports had to avoid participation in the Senior Bowl. The significance of all of this has waned in recent years as there has been some lessening of the former strict separation of professional and amateur athletes. Athletes sometimes decline invitations to participate in the Senior Bowl, opting instead to prepare for the NFL scouting combine or their colleges' pro day.[4] In 2013, two players (D. J. Fluker and Justin Pugh) with a year of college football eligibility remaining, but who had already graduated, became the first "fourth-year juniors" to be granted clearance to play in the Senior Bowl.[5] Dan Lynch of Washington State was the first (and to date only) player to appear in two Senior Bowls (1984 and 1985), having been granted an extra year of eligibility after the 1984 game.[6]

The game has consistently been played on a Saturday in January, with the exception of 1976, when it was held on a Sunday. The scheduling date within January has varied – the earliest playing has been January 3 (1953 and 1959), while the latest playing has been January 30 (2010 and 2016). Since 1967, it has been traditionally set for the week before the NFL's Super Bowl (which itself is now played in February). It is usually scheduled as the final game of the college football season, although for a period during the 1980s and 1990s, it was the next-to-the-last game, followed a week later by either the Hula Bowl or the Gridiron Classic. From 2007 through 2011, and also in 2013, the Senior Bowl was again the penultimate game, followed by the Texas vs. The Nation Game a week later. In 2020, the revived Hula Bowl was scheduled for the day after the Senior Bowl.

The single-season record for number of players sent to the Senior Bowl from one school is 10 by Alabama in 1987, followed by nine sent by Auburn in 1988 and Southern California in 2008.[7]

Game resultsEdit

Players have traditionally been rostered into North and South teams for the Senior Bowl. From 1991 to 1993, the teams were designated AFC and NFC, to distinguish where their coaching staffs were from and to stress the professional nature of the game. This was confusing to some, as the game occurred well before players had been selected by teams in the NFL draft. In 1994, the designations were reverted to the traditional North vs. South format.

Date Winner Score
North team coach
(AFC 1991–1993)
South team coach
(NFC 1991–1993)
Notes
January 7, 1950 South 22–13 Bo McMillin, Detroit Lions Steve Owen, New York Giants
January 6, 1951 South 19–18 Bo McMillin, Detroit Lions Steve Owen, New York Giants
January 5, 1952 North 20–6 Paul Brown, Cleveland Browns Steve Owen, New York Giants
January 3, 1953 North 28–13 Paul Brown, Cleveland Browns Steve Owen, New York Giants
January 9, 1954 North 20–14 Paul Brown, Cleveland Browns Steve Owen, New York Giants
January 8, 1955 South 12–6 Paul Brown, Cleveland Browns Steve Owen, New York Giants
January 7, 1956 South 12–2 Buddy Parker, Detroit Lions Paul Brown, Cleveland Browns
January 5, 1957 South 21–7 Joe Kuharich, Washington Redskins Paul Brown, Cleveland Browns
January 11, 1958 North 15–13 Joe Kuharich, Washington Redskins Paul Brown, Cleveland Browns
January 3, 1959 South 21–12 Joe Kuharich, Washington Redskins Paul Brown, Cleveland Browns
January 9, 1960 North 26–7 Jim Lee Howell, New York Giants Weeb Ewbank, Baltimore Colts
January 7, 1961 South 33–26 Jim Lee Howell, New York Giants Weeb Ewbank, Baltimore Colts
January 6, 1962 South 42–7 Tom Landry, Dallas Cowboys Weeb Ewbank, Baltimore Colts
January 5, 1963 South 33–27 Tom Landry, Dallas Cowboys Weeb Ewbank, Baltimore Colts
January 4, 1964 South 28–21 George Wilson, Detroit Lions Tom Landry, Dallas Cowboys
January 9, 1965 Tie 7–7 George Wilson, Detroit Lions Tom Landry, Dallas Cowboys
January 8, 1966 South 27–18 Mike Holovak, Boston Patriots Weeb Ewbank, New York Jets
January 7, 1967 North 35–13 Norm Van Brocklin, Atlanta Falcons Otto Graham, Washington Redskins
January 6, 1968 South 34–21 Mike Holovak, Boston Patriots Hank Stram, Kansas City Chiefs
January 11, 1969 North 27–16 Allie Sherman, New York Giants Charley Winner, St. Louis Cardinals
January 10, 1970 Tie 37–37 Lou Saban, Denver Broncos Don Shula, Baltimore Colts
January 9, 1971 North 31–13 Lou Saban, Denver Broncos Weeb Ewbank, New York Jets
January 8, 1972 South 26–21 Alex Webster, New York Giants J. D. Roberts, New Orleans Saints
January 6, 1973 South 33–30 Lou Saban, Buffalo Bills Weeb Ewbank, New York Jets
January 12, 1974 North 16–13 Mike McCormack, Philadelphia Eagles Don McCafferty, Detroit Lions
January 11, 1975 Tie 17–17 John Ralston, Denver Broncos Dick Nolan, San Francisco 49ers
January 11, 1976 North 42–35 Chuck Fairbanks, New England Patriots Jack Pardee, Chicago Bears
January 8, 1977 North 27–24 Forrest Gregg, Cleveland Browns Don Shula, Miami Dolphins
January 7, 1978 North 17–14 Don Coryell, St. Louis Cardinals Leeman Bennett, Atlanta Falcons
January 13, 1979 South 41–21 Walt Michaels, New York Jets Dick Nolan, New Orleans Saints
January 12, 1980 North 57–3 Bud Grant, Minnesota Vikings Ray Perkins, New York Giants
January 17, 1981 North 23–10 Bill Walsh, San Francisco 49ers Red Miller, Denver Broncos
January 16, 1982 South 27–10 Marv Levy, Kansas City Chiefs Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh Steelers
January 22, 1983 North 14–6 Frank Kush, Baltimore Colts Bum Phillips, New Orleans Saints
January 14, 1984 South 21–20 Kay Stephenson, Buffalo Bills Don Coryell, San Diego Chargers
January 12, 1985 South 23–7 Jim Hanifan, St. Louis Cardinals Forrest Gregg, Green Bay Packers
January 18, 1986 North 31–17 Dan Reeves, Denver Broncos Leeman Bennett, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
January 17, 1987 South 42–38 John Robinson, Los Angeles Rams Don Shula, Miami Dolphins
January 23, 1988 North 21–7 Chuck Knox, Seattle Seahawks Jim Mora, New Orleans Saints
January 21, 1989 South 13–12 Dan Reeves, Denver Broncos John Robinson, Los Angeles Rams
January 20, 1990 North 41–0 Marty Schottenheimer, Kansas City Chiefs Buddy Ryan, Philadelphia Eagles
January 19, 1991 AFC 38–28 Marty Schottenheimer, Kansas City Chiefs Jim Mora, New Orleans Saints
January 18, 1992 AFC 13–10 Art Shell, Los Angeles Raiders Mike Ditka, Chicago Bears
January 16, 1993 NFC 21–6 Ted Marchibroda, Indianapolis Colts Bill Belichick, Cleveland Browns
January 22, 1994 South 35–32 Rich Kotite, Philadelphia Eagles Don Shula, Miami Dolphins
January 21, 1995 South 14–7 Dan Reeves, New York Giants Ted Marchibroda, Indianapolis Colts
January 20, 1996 North 25–10 Dennis Erickson, Seattle Seahawks Dave Wannstedt, Chicago Bears
January 18, 1997 North 35–14 Norv Turner, Washington Redskins Marty Schottenheimer, Kansas City Chiefs
January 17, 1998 South 31–8 Ted Marchibroda, Baltimore Ravens Norv Turner, Washington Redskins
January 23, 1999 South 31–21 Jon Gruden, Oakland Raiders Tony Dungy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
January 22, 2000 North 24–21 George Seifert, Carolina Panthers Gunther Cunningham, Kansas City Chiefs
January 20, 2001 South 21–16 Bill Cowher, Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Sherman, Green Bay Packers
January 26, 2002 South 41–26 Mike Holmgren, Seattle Seahawks Dave McGinnis, Arizona Cardinals
January 18, 2003 North 17–0 Dom Capers, Houston Texans Marty Mornhinweg, Detroit Lions
January 24, 2004 South 28–10 Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals Marty Schottenheimer, San Diego Chargers
January 29, 2005 North 23–13 Norv Turner, Oakland Raiders Jon Gruden, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
January 28, 2006 North 31–14 Jeff Fisher, Tennessee Titans Mike Nolan, San Francisco 49ers
January 27, 2007 North 27–0 Jon Gruden, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Nolan, San Francisco 49ers notes
January 26, 2008 South 17–16 Lane Kiffin, Oakland Raiders Mike Nolan, San Francisco 49ers notes
January 24, 2009 South 35–18 Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals Jack Del Rio, Jacksonville Jaguars notes
January 30, 2010 North 31–13 Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions Tony Sparano, Miami Dolphins notes
January 29, 2011 South 24–10 Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals Chan Gailey, Buffalo Bills notes
January 28, 2012 North 23–13 Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins notes
January 26, 2013 South 21–16 Dennis Allen, Oakland Raiders Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions notes
January 25, 2014 South 20–10 Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars notes
January 24, 2015 North 34–13 Ken Whisenhunt, Tennessee Titans Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars notes
January 30, 2016 South 27–16 Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars notes
January 28, 2017 South 16–15 John Fox, Chicago Bears Hue Jackson, Cleveland Browns notes
January 27, 2018 South 45–16 Vance Joseph, Denver Broncos Bill O'Brien, Houston Texans notes
January 26, 2019 North 34–24 Jon Gruden, Oakland Raiders Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers notes
January 25, 2020 North 34–17 Matt Patricia, Detroit Lions Zac Taylor, Cincinnati Bengals notes
  • All-time series, through the 2020 game (71 editions): South (35–30–3); AFC (2–1)
  • The first game was played in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1950. All subsequent games have been played in Mobile, Alabama.

Coaching appearancesEdit

 
Marty Schottenheimer won three of the four Senior Bowls he coached.

Seven people have served as head coach in four or more Senior Bowls.

Games Head coach W L T Win pct.
8 Paul Brown 6 2 .750
7 Weeb Ewbank 5 2 .714
6 Steve Owen 3 3 .500
4 Marty Schottenheimer 3 1 .750
4 Don Shula 2 1 1 .625
4 Jon Gruden 2 2 .500
4 Tom Landry 1 2 1 .375

Games coached by NFL teamsEdit

 
Ted Marchibroda led the Baltimore Ravens staff in their only time coaching the Senior Bowl (1998).

Each of the current 32 NFL teams has coached in at least one Senior Bowl. Records include games played under a franchise's prior names (e.g. Boston Patriots appearances are included in the record of the New England Patriots). Updated through the 2020 game (71 editions, 142 appearances).

Games NFL team W L T Win pct. Most recent
12 New York Giants 5 7 .417 1995
11 Cleveland Browns 9 2 .818 2017
10 Detroit Lions 3 6 1 .350 2020
8 Indianapolis Colts 5 2 1 .688 1995
7 Denver Broncos 2 3 2 .429 2018
7 Washington Redskins 3 4 .429 2012
6 Kansas City Chiefs 3 3 .500 2000
6 Oakland Raiders 3 3 .500 2019
6 San Francisco 49ers 2 3 1 .417 2019
5 New Orleans Saints 2 3 .400 1991
5 Dallas Cowboys 1 3 1 .300 2016
4 Jacksonville Jaguars 3 1 .750 2016
4 Arizona Cardinals 2 2 .500 2002
4 Miami Dolphins 2 2 .500 2010
4 New York Jets 2 2 .500 1979
4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 2 .500 2007
4 Chicago Bears 0 4 .000 2017
4 Cincinnati Bengals 0 4 .000 2020
3 Seattle Seahawks 2 1 .667 2002
3 Atlanta Falcons 1 2 .333 2014
3 Buffalo Bills 1 2 .333 2011
3 New England Patriots 1 2 .333 1976
3 Philadelphia Eagles 1 2 .333 1994
2 Green Bay Packers 2 0 1.000 2001
2 Houston Texans 2 0 1.000 2018
2 Los Angeles Chargers 2 0 1.000 2004
2 Minnesota Vikings 2 0 1.000 2012
2 Tennessee Titans 2 0 1.000 2015
2 Los Angeles Rams 1 1 .500 1989
2 Pittsburgh Steelers 1 1 .500 2001
1 Carolina Panthers 1 0 1.000 2000
1 Baltimore Ravens 0 1 .000 1998

MVPsEdit

Source:[8]
  denotes an MVP whose college team was not part of the top tier of college football (e.g. FBS, Division I-A, or historical predecessors) at the time they played in the Senior Bowl. There have been four such MVPs: Terry Bradshaw (Louisiana Tech, 1969 College Division season), Bill Kollar (Montana State, 1973 Division II season), Neil Lomax (Portland State, 1980 Division I–AA season), and Kyle Lauletta (Richmond, 2017 FCS season).

50th Anniversary Senior Bowl All-Time TeamEdit

The following team was selected by fan voting before the 1999 game:[9]

  1. ^ Now known as Texas A&M–Kingsville.
  2. ^ Now known as North Texas (without "State").

Senior Bowl Hall of FameEdit

Established in 1987, the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame seeks to pay tribute to the many outstanding former Senior Bowl players who have made lasting contributions to the game of football. The Senior Bowl Hall of Fame also allows enshrinement to former coaches, administrators and other individuals whose efforts helped the Senior Bowl.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stephenson, Creg (March 4, 2020). "Senior Bowl to be played at South Alabama's Hancock Whitney Stadium beginning in 2021". AL.com. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Senior Bowl, Reese's announce extension". seniorbowl.com (Press release). January 18, 2018. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  3. ^ "Game Rules". seniorbowl.com. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  4. ^ Brugler, Dane (January 14, 2015). "2015 NFL Draft: UCLA QB Brett Hundley declines Senior Bowl". CBSSports.com. Archived from the original on January 28, 2015.
  5. ^ "First non-seniors to compete in Senior Bowl". CBS Sports. January 19, 2013. Archived from the original on June 1, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  6. ^ "Cougars set to add to Hall of Fame". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. April 16, 2006. p. 30. Retrieved December 24, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Low, Chris (January 22, 2008). "Former Trojans happy to be reunited with Kiffin". ESPN.com.
  8. ^ "Game Scores/MVPs". seniorbowl.com. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  9. ^ "All-Time Senior Bowl Team". seniorbowl.com. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  10. ^ "Hall of Fame". seniorbowl.com. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  11. ^ "Senior Bowl to add 3 to Hall of Fame, Honor Jalyn Armour-Davis". WKRG. March 8, 2018. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  12. ^ "Hudson, McNeil, Neighbors to be inducted into HOF". seniorbowl.com (Press release). January 14, 2019. Retrieved January 26, 2019.

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