1976 Pro Bowl
|Date||January 26, 1976|
|Stadium||Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana|
|MVP||Billy Johnson (Houston Oilers)|
|TV in the United States|
|Announcers||Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell, and Alex Karras|
The 1976 Pro Bowl was the NFL's 26th annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1975 season. The game was played on Monday, January 26, 1976, at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana in front of a crowd of 32,108. The final score was NFC 23, AFC 20. It was also the first Pro Bowl game played indoors.
The game featured the best players in the National Football League as selected by the league's coaches. John Madden of the Oakland Raiders led the AFC team against an NFC team led by Los Angeles Rams head coach Chuck Knox.
The AFC's Billy "White Shoes" Johnson was named the game's MVP on the strength of a 90-yard punt return touchdown and a second punt return of 55 yards that set up a field goal. The referee was Fred Silva.
Players on the winning NFC team received $2,000 apiece while the AFC participants each took home $1,500.
|Defensive end||John Dutton – Baltimore
L. C. Greenwood – Pittsburgh
Elvin Bethea – Houston
|Jack Youngblood – Los Angeles|
Cedrick Hardman – San Francisco
Fred Dryer – Los Angeles
|Defensive tackle||Jerry Sherk – Cleveland
Joe Greene – Pittsburgh
Curley Culp – Houston
|Alan Page – Minnesota|
Merlin Olsen – Los Angeles
Wally Chambers – Chicago
|Middle linebacker||Willie Lanier – Kansas City[a]
Jack Lambert – Pittsburgh
Randy Gradishar – Denver[b]
|Jeff Siemon – Minnesota|
Jack Reynolds – Los Angeles
|Outside linebacker||Andy Russell – Pittsburgh
Jack Ham – Pittsburgh
Phil Villapiano – Oakland
|Chris Hanburger – Washington|
Isiah Robertson – Los Angeles
Fred Carr – Green Bay
|Cornerback||Mel Blount – Pittsburgh
Lemar Parrish – Cincinnati
Emmitt Thomas – Kansas City
|Roger Wehrli – St. Louis|
Lem Barney – Detroit
Bobby Bryant – Minnesota
|Safety||Mike Wagner – Pittsburgh
Jake Scott – Miami
Jack Tatum –Oakland[a]
Glen Edwards – Pittsburgh[b]
|Cliff Harris – Dallas|
Ken Houston – Washington
Paul Krause – Minnesota
|Kicker||Jan Stenerud – Kansas City||Jim Bakken – St. Louis|
|Punter||Ray Guy – Oakland||John James – Atlanta|
|Return specialist||Billy Johnson – Houston||Steve Odom – Green Bay|
- bold denotes player who participated in game
- a Injured player; selected but did not play
- b Replacement selection due to injury or vacancy
Number of selections by team
Note: these numbers include players selected to the team but unable to play as well as replacements for these injured players, so there are more than 40 players in each conference.
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