1972 Pro Bowl

From Wikipedia the free encyclopedia

1972 NFL Pro Bowl
The front of the L.A. Memorial Coliseum
1234 Total
NFC 0607 13
AFC 031310 26
DateJanuary 23, 1972
StadiumLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Co-MVPsJan Stenerud (Kansas City Chiefs, K), Willie Lanier (Kansas City Chiefs, LB)
RefereeBen Dreith
TV in the United States
AnnouncersCurt Gowdy, Al DeRogatis

The 1972 Pro Bowl was the NFL's 22nd annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1971 season. The game was played on January 23, 1972, at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.[1][2] The final score was AFC 26, NFC 13.[3][4]

The Kansas City Chiefs swept the Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards, with placekicker Jan Stenerud named the game's offensive MVP and Willie Lanier selected as the defensive MVP.[5]

This was the last NFL game overall played with the hashmarks (also called the inbound lines) set at 40 feet apart (20 yards from the sidelines); the next season, they were brought in to 18½ feet, the width of the goalposts, where they still stand to this day.[6]

Attendance at the game was 53,647.[7] Don McCafferty of the Baltimore Colts coached the AFC while the NFC was led by the San Francisco 49ers' Dick Nolan.[8] The referee was Ben Dreith.[9]

AFC roster[edit]


Position Starter(s) Reserve(s)
Quarterback 12 Bob Griese, Miami 16 Len Dawson, Kansas City
Running back 44 Floyd Little, Denver 36 Norm Bulaich, Baltimore
44 Leroy Kelly, Cleveland
Fullback 39 Larry Csonka, Miami 44 Marv Hubbard, Oakland
Wide receivers 89 Otis Taylor, Kansas City
42 Paul Warfield, Miami
25 Fred Biletnikoff, Oakland
27 Gary Garrison, San Diego
Tight end 87 Raymond Chester, Oakland 89 Milt Morin, Cleveland
Offensive tackle 77 Jim Tyrer, Kansas City
75 Winston Hill, N.Y. Jets
76 Bob Brown, Oakland
72 Bob Vogel, Baltimore
Offensive guard 66 Larry Little, Miami
78 Walt Sweeney, San Diego
71 Ed Budde, Kansas City
Center 50 Bill Curry, Baltimore 00 Jim Otto, Oakland


Position Starter(s) Reserve(s)
Defensive end 65 Elvin Bethea, Houston
78 Bubba Smith, Baltimore
84 Bill Stanfill, Miami
Defensive tackle 86 Buck Buchanan, Kansas City
75 Joe Greene, Pittsburgh
61 Curley Culp, Kansas City
Outside linebacker 78 Bobby Bell, Kansas City
83 Ted Hendricks, Baltimore
34 Andy Russell, Pittsburgh
Inside linebacker 63 Willie Lanier, Kansas City 32 Mike Curtis, Baltimore
Cornerback 24 Willie Brown, Oakland
18 Emmitt Thomas, Kansas City
20 Lemar Parrish, Cincinnati
Free safety 21 Rick Volk, Baltimore 13 Jake Scott, Miami
Strong safety 29 Ken Houston, Houston 20 Jerry Logan, Baltimore

Special teams[edit]

Position Starter(s) Reserve(s)
Punter   44 Jerrel Wilson, Kansas City
Placekicker   3 Jan Stenerud, Kansas City
Kick returner 22 Mercury Morris, Miami

NFC roster[edit]


Position Starter(s) Reserve(s)
Quarterback 12 Roger Staubach, Dallas 11 Greg Landry, Detroit
Running back 43 Larry Brown, Washington 33 Willie Ellison, Los Angeles
22 Vic Washington, San Francisco
Fullback 42 John Brockington, Green Bay 36 Steve Owens, Detroit
Wide receivers 45 Dick Gordon, Chicago
18 Gene Washington, San Francisco
27 Bob Grim, Minnesota
80 Roy Jefferson, Washington
Tight end 88 Charlie Sanders, Detroit 82 Ted Kwalick, San Francisco
Offensive tackle 75 George Kunz, Atlanta
73 Ron Yary, Minnesota
70 Rayfield Wright, Dallas
Offensive guard 68 Gale Gillingham, Green Bay
76 John Niland, Dallas
65 Tom Mack, Los Angeles
Center 75 Forrest Blue, San Francisco 54 Ed Flanagan, Detroit


Position Starter(s) Reserve(s)
Defensive end 86 Cedrick Hardman, Dallas
87 Claude Humphrey, Atlanta
81 Carl Eller, Minnesota
Defensive tackle 74 Bob Lilly, San Francisco
88 Alan Page, Minnesota
74 Merlin Olsen, Los Angeles
Outside linebacker 54 Chuck Howley, Dallas
64 Dave Wilcox, San Francisco
58 Isiah Robertson, Los Angeles
Inside linebacker 51 Dick Butkus, Chicago 53 Mike Lucci, Detroit
Cornerback 37 Jimmy Johnson, San Francisco
44 Bruce Taylor, San Francisco
20 Mel Renfro, Dallas
22 Roger Wehrli, St. Louis
Free safety 28 Bill Bradley, Philadelphia 22 Paul Krause, Minnesota
Strong safety 34 Cornell Green, Dallas 20 Jerry Logan, Baltimore

Special teams[edit]

Position Starter(s) Reserve(s)
Punter   10 Ron Widby, Dallas
Placekicker   5 Curt Knight, Washington
Kick returner 45 Speedy Duncan, Washington


  1. ^ "The game to end all games: Griese, Staubach foes again". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. January 23, 1972. p. D1.
  2. ^ "Pro Bowl brings an end to the '1971' football campaign". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. January 23, 1972. p. 3B.
  3. ^ "Stenerud, AFC kick NFC in Pro Bowl". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. January 24, 1972. p. 30.
  4. ^ "Stenerud answers critics by booting 4 FGs". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. January 24, 1972. p. 5B.
  5. ^ "'Sten' treats NFC pros rudely, 26–13". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. AP. January 24, 1972. pp. 20, 23. Retrieved January 18, 2012.
  6. ^ "Owners give offense big seven-yard boost". Rome News-Tribune. Georgia. Associated Press. March 24, 1972. p. 6A.
  7. ^ "NFL Pro Bowl history". CBSSports.com. Archived from the original on August 10, 2011. Retrieved January 18, 2012.
  8. ^ "The 1972 Pro Bowl". Bolding Sports Research. Archived from the original on April 30, 2012. Retrieved January 18, 2012.
  9. ^ "1972 Pro Bowl game book" (PDF). NFL Game Statistics & Information. National Football League. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved January 30, 2012.

External links[edit]