1962 Pro Bowl

1962 East–West Pro Bowl
1234 Total
Eastern Conference 37614 30
Western Conference 14377 31
Date January 14, 1962
Stadium Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Co-MVPs Jim Brown (Cleveland Browns), Henry Jordan (Green Bay Packers)
Attendance 57,409
TV in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Lindsey Nelson, Chuck Thompson

The 1962 Pro Bowl was the NFL's twelfth annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1961 season. The game was played on January 14, 1962, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California in front of 57,409 fans.[1]

The coaches were Norm Van Brocklin of the Minnesota Vikings for the West and Allie Sherman of the New York Giants for the East. This Pro Bowl is considered one of the best, most-competitive games in history. Unitas drove the West to the 12-yard line then hit the Rams' Jon Arnett in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown on the final play of the game. Arnett was on his knees when he made the catch. The extra point gave the West the 31-30 victory with no time remaining on the clock.[2]

Cleveland Browns fullback Jim Brown was voted the game's outstanding back and Henry Jordan of the Green Bay Packers was the selected as the lineman of the game.[2]

Detroit Lions linebacker Joe Schmidt had his helmet wired for sound and to measure the shock of tackles in conjunction with a study by Northwestern University to help establish performance standards for headgear.[3] The safety study was considered quite remarkable in that day and the specially adapted helmet cost $5,000.[2]


  1. "Unitas' last-second pass nips East; 3130". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. AP. January 15, 1962. p. 23. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
  2. 1 2 3 "The 1962 Pro Bowl". Bolding Sports Research. Archived from the original on January 23, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
  3. "Schmidt to be wired for sound in Pro Bowl". Schenectady Gazette. AP. January 13, 1962. p. 19. Retrieved January 23, 2012.

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