1961 Pro Bowl

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1961 East–West Pro Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Eastern Conference 3 14 7 7 31
Western Conference 7 14 7 7 35
Date January 15, 1961
Stadium Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Co-MVPs Johnny Unitas (Baltimore Colts), Sam Huff (New York Giants)
Attendance 62,971
TV in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Lindsey Nelson, Frankie Albert

The 1961 Pro Bowl was the NFL's eleventh annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1960 season. The game was played on January 15, 1961, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California in front of 62,971 fans. The final score was West 35, East 31.[1]

The coaches were Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers and Buck Shaw of the Philadelphia Eagles. This game marked the end of the great career of Norm Van Brocklin. The Eagles' quarterback was playing in his final game after 12 seasons, having been named the coach of the expansion Minnesota Vikings. Van Brocklin was angry that the Eagles had not named him head coach, which he said they had promised following the retirement of Buck Shaw.[2]

Jim Taylor scored a record three touchdowns, and Van Brocklin established Pro Bowl records for passing with 288 yards and three touchdowns. Yet fan favorite Johnny Unitas was voted the game’s outstanding back for the second season in a row and the Giants' Sam Huff took the lineman honors.[2]


  1. ^ "West pros sidetrack East, 35–31, in thriller". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. AP. January 16, 1961. p. 16. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "The 1961 Pro Bowl". Bolding Sports Research. Archived from the original on January 23, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2012.

External links

  • "1961 Pro Bowl players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on January 31, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2012.
  • "8 Packers'll Play For West In All-Star Pro Bowl Tangle". Prescott Evening Courier. United Press International. December 20, 1961. p. 7. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
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