2017 Pro Bowl

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2017 NFL Pro Bowl
2017 Pro Bowl logo.png
1234 Total
AFC 01433 20
NFC 0706 13
DateJanuary 29, 2017
StadiumCamping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Offensive MVPTravis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs)
Defensive MVPLorenzo Alexander (Buffalo Bills)
RefereeJerome Boger[1]
National anthemOlivia Holt
Coin tossTony Gonzalez
Ray Lewis
Charles Woodson
Jerome Bettis
Halftime showNFL Flag Football Boys' Championship Game
TV in the United States
AnnouncersSean McDonough (play-by-play)
Jon Gruden (analyst)
Lisa Salters (sideline reporter)
Nielsen ratings4.2
Market share7.4 Million

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).

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 process[edit]

At least five locations were in contention to host the 2017 Pro Bowl, with four submitting formal bids.[2]

On June 1, 2016, the NFL announced that it had awarded the next three Pro Bowl games to Orlando.[4][5]

Side events[edit]

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.[4]

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.[6]

Game format[edit]

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.[4] The captains were former NFL players Jerome Bettis, Tony Gonzalez, Ray Lewis, and Charles Woodson.

Rule changes[edit]

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.


Box score[edit]

2017 Pro Bowl: American Football Conference vs National Football Conference
Period 1 2 34Total
AFC 0 14 3320
NFC 0 7 0613

at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida

Game information

AFC rosters[edit]

The following players were selected to represent the AFC:


Position Starter(s) Reserve(s) Alternate(s)
Quarterback 12 Tom Brady, New England[d][7]   4 Derek Carr, Oakland[b][8]
  7 Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh[b][9]
11 Alex Smith, Kansas City[a][8]
14 Andy Dalton, Cincinnati[a][7]
17 Philip Rivers, San Diego[a][9]
Running back 26 Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh[b][10] 25 LeSean McCoy, Buffalo[b][11]
29 DeMarco Murray, Tennessee
23 Jay Ajayi, Miami[a][11]
28 Melvin Gordon, San Diego[a][10]
Fullback 44 Kyle Juszczyk, Baltimore
Wide receiver 84 Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh[b][12]
89 Amari Cooper, Oakland[b][13]
13 T. Y. Hilton, Indianapolis
18 A. J. Green, Cincinnati[b][11]
10 Emmanuel Sanders, Denver[a][13]
14 Jarvis Landry, Miami[a][11]
88 Demaryius Thomas, Denver[a][12]
Tight end 87 Travis Kelce, Kansas City 82 Delanie Walker, Tennessee
Offensive tackle 72 Donald Penn, Oakland[b][14]
73 Joe Thomas, Cleveland
77 Taylor Lewan, Tennessee 77 Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati[a][14]
Offensive guard 70 Kelechi Osemele, Oakland
73 Marshal Yanda, Baltimore[b][15]
66 David DeCastro, Pittsburgh 64 Richie Incognito, Buffalo[a][15]
Center 61 Rodney Hudson, Oakland 53 Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh[b][16] 53 Jeremy Zuttah, Baltimore[a][16]


Position Starter(s) Reserve(s) Alternate(s)
Defensive end 52 Khalil Mack, Oakland[b][17]
91 Cameron Wake, Miami
90 Jadeveon Clowney, Houston[b][18] 92 Leonard Williams, NY Jets[a][17]
96 Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati[a][18]
Defensive tackle 93 Ndamukong Suh, Miami[b][19]
97 Geno Atkins, Cincinnati
99 Jurrell Casey, Tennessee 95 Kyle Williams, Buffalo[a][19]
Outside linebacker 57 Lorenzo Alexander, Buffalo
58 Von Miller, Denver
98 Brian Orakpo, Tennessee
Inside linebacker 54 Dont'a Hightower, New England[d][20] 57 C. J. Mosley, Baltimore[b][21] 53 Zach Brown, Buffalo[a][20]
50 Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh[a][21]
Cornerback 21 Aqib Talib, Denver
22 Marcus Peters, Kansas City[b][22]
25 Chris Harris Jr., Denver
26 Casey Hayward, San Diego
24 Stephon Gilmore, Buffalo[a][23]
Free safety 32 Devin McCourty, New England[d][24] 27 Reggie Nelson, Oakland 32 Eric Weddle, Baltimore[a][24]
Strong safety 29 Eric Berry, Kansas City[b][25] 26 Darian Stewart, Denver[a][25]

Special teams[edit]

Position Starter Alternate(s)
Punter   1 Pat McAfee, Indianapolis[b][26]   2 Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City[a][8]
Placekicker   9 Justin Tucker, Baltimore
Return specialist 10 Tyreek Hill, Kansas City
Special teamer 18 Matthew Slater, New England[d][27]   57 D. J. Alexander, Kansas City[a][27]
Long snapper   46 Morgan Cox, Baltimore

NFC rosters[edit]

The following players were selected to represent the NFC:


Position Starter(s) Reserve(s) Alternate(s)
Quarterback   2 Matt Ryan, Atlanta[d][28]   4 Dak Prescott, Dallas
12 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay[b][29]
  8 Kirk Cousins, Washington[a][29]
  9 Drew Brees, New Orleans[a][28]
Running back 21 Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas 24 Devonta Freeman, Atlanta[d][30]
31 David Johnson, Arizona[b][31]
24 Jordan Howard, Chicago[a][31]
43 Darren Sproles, Philadelphia[a][30]
Fullback 35 Mike Tolbert, Carolina
Wide receiver 11 Julio Jones, Atlanta[d][32]
13 Odell Beckham Jr., NY Giants
11 Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona[b][33]
13 Mike Evans, Tampa Bay
88 Dez Bryant, Dallas[a][32]
89 Doug Baldwin, Seattle[a][33]
Tight end 88 Greg Olsen, Carolina 86 Jordan Reed, Washington[b][34] 88 Jimmy Graham, Seattle[a][34]
Offensive tackle 71 Trent Williams, Washington
77 Tyron Smith, Dallas
71 Jason Peters, Philadelphia[b][35] 69 David Bakhtiari, Green Bay[a][35]
Offensive guard 70 Zack Martin, Dallas
75 Brandon Scherff, Washington [b][36]
70 T. J. Lang, Green Bay[b][37] 70 Trai Turner, Carolina[a][36]
71 Josh Sitton, Chicago[a][37]
Center 72 Travis Frederick, Dallas 51 Alex Mack, Atlanta[d][30] 62 Jason Kelce, Philadelphia[a][30]


Position Starter(s) Reserve(s) Alternate(s)
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][38]
91 Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia 98 Linval Joseph, Minnesota[a][38]
Outside linebacker 44 Vic Beasley, Atlanta[d][39]
91 Ryan Kerrigan, Washington[b][34]
58 Thomas Davis, Carolina 50 K. J. Wright, Seattle[a][34]
55 Anthony Barr, Minnesota[a][39]
Inside linebacker 54 Bobby Wagner, Seattle 59 Luke Kuechly, Carolina[b][40] 50 Sean Lee, Dallas[a][40]
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

Special teams[edit]

Position Starter Alternate(s)
Punter   6 Johnny Hekker, Los Angeles
Placekicker   3 Matt Bryant, Atlanta[d][41]   5 Matt Prater, Detroit[a][41]
Return specialist 84 Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota
Special teamer 17 Dwayne Harris, NY Giants
Long snapper 44 Jake McQuaide, Los Angeles[42]


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 team[edit]

American Football Conference
Team Selections
Baltimore Ravens 7
Kansas City Chiefs 7
Oakland Raiders 7
Buffalo Bills 6
Denver Broncos 6
Pittsburgh Steelers 6
Cincinnati Bengals 5
Tennessee Titans 5
Miami Dolphins 4
New England Patriots 4
San Diego Chargers 3
Indianapolis Colts 2
Cleveland Browns 1
Houston Texans 1
New York Jets 1
Jacksonville Jaguars 0
National Football Conference
Team Selections
Dallas Cowboys 7
Seattle Seahawks 7
Atlanta Falcons 6
Minnesota Vikings 6
Carolina Panthers 5
Washington Redskins 5
Green Bay Packers 4
New York Giants 4
Philadelphia Eagles 4
Arizona Cardinals 3
Los Angeles Rams 3
Chicago Bears 2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2
Detroit Lions 1
New Orleans Saints 1
San Francisco 49ers 0


The game was televised nationally by ESPN and broadcast via radio by Westwood One.


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