1951 Pro Bowl
|Date||January 14, 1951|
|Stadium||Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California|
|MVP||Otto Graham (Cleveland Browns)|
|TV in the United States|
The 1951 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's inaugural Pro Bowl which featured the league's outstanding performers from the 1950 season. The game was played on Sunday, January 14, 1951, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California in front of 53,676 fans. The American Conference squad defeated the National Conference by a score of 28–27. The player were selected by a vote of each conferences coaches along with the sports editors of the newspapers in the Los Angeles area, where the game was contested.
The National team was led by the Los Angeles Rams' Joe Stydahar while Paul Brown of the Cleveland Browns coached the American stars. The same two coaches had faced each other three weeks earlier in the 1950 NFL Championship Game in which Brown's team had also defeated Stydahar's. Both coaches employed the T formation offense in the Pro Bowl.
|Position||American Conference||National Conference|
|Quarterback||Charlie Conerly[a] – New York Giants
Harry Gilmer – Washington Redskins
Otto Graham – Cleveland Browns
Jim Hardy – Chicago Cardinals
|Frankie Albert – San Francisco 49ers|
Johnny Lujack – Chicago Bears
Norm Van Brocklin – Los Angeles Rams
Bob Waterfield – Los Angeles Rams
|Halfback||Elmer Angsman – Chicago Cardinals
Bill Dudley – Washington Redskins
Joe Geri – Pittsburgh Steelers
Gene Roberts – New York Giants
Otto Schnellbacher – New York Giants
Emlen Tunnell – New York Giants
|Glenn Davis – Los Angeles Rams|
Don Doll – Detroit Lions
Billy Grimes– Green Bay Packers
Woodley Lewis – Los Angeles Rams
Spec Sanders – New York Yanks
Johnny Strzykalski – San Francisco 49ers
Doak Walker – Detroit Lions
|Fullback||Tony Adamle – Cleveland Browns
Pat Harder – Chicago Cardinals
Marion Motley – Cleveland Browns
Jerry Shipkey – Pittsburgh Steelers
|Dick Hoerner – Los Angeles Rams|
Zollie Toth – New York Yanks
Norm Standlee – San Francisco 49ers
|End||John Green – Philadelphia Eagles
Pete Pihos – Philadelphia Eagles
Ray Poole[a] – New York Giants
Bob Shaw – Chicago Cardinals
Mac Speedie – Cleveland Browns
Bob Dove[b] – Chicago Cardinals
|Cloyce Box –Detroit Lions|
Larry Brink – Los Angeles Rams
Dan Edwards – New York Yanks
Tom Fears – Los Angeles Rams
Ed Sprinkle – Chicago Bears
|Tackle||Al DeRogatis – New York Giants
Lou Groza – Cleveland Browns
Paul Lipscomb – Washington Redskins
Arnie Weinmeister – New York Giants
Al Wistert – Philadelphia Eagles
|George Connor – Chicago Bears|
Fred Davis – Chicago Bears
Dick Huffman – Los Angeles Rams
Thurman McGraw – Detroit Lions
Leo Nomellini – San Francisco 49ers
|Guard||Walt Barnes – Philadelphia Eagles
Bill Fischer – Chicago Cardinals
Weldon Humble – Cleveland Browns
Bill Willis – Cleveland Browns
|Dick Barwegan – Chicago Bears|
Ray Bray – Chicago Bears
Lou Creekmur – Detroit Lions
Visco Grgich – San Francisco 49ers
|Center||Chuck Bednarik – Philadelphia Eagles
John Cannady – New York Giants
Bill Walsh – Pittsburgh Steelers
|Ed Neal – Green Bay Packers|
Clayton Tonnemaker[a] – Green Bay Packers
Bulldog Turner – Chicago Bears
Brad Ecklund[b] – New York Yanks
Number of selections by team
Note: these numbers include players selected to the team but unable to play as well as replacements for these players, so there are more than 31 players in each conference.
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