1981 Pro Bowl

1981 NFL Pro Bowl
1234 Total
AFC 0700 7
NFC 36012 21
Date February 1, 1981
Stadium Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
MVP Eddie Murray (Detroit Lions)
Referee Gordon McCarter
Attendance 50,360
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell, Fran Tarkenton & Lynn Swann

The 1981 Pro Bowl was the NFL's 31st annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1980 season. The game was played on Sunday, February 1, 1981, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The final score was NFC 21, AFC 7.[1]

Sam Rutigliano of the Cleveland Browns led the AFC team against an NFC team coached by Atlanta Falcons head coach Leeman Bennett.[1] The referee was Gordon McCarter.[1]

NFL Rosters[2]



LT - Pat Donovan LT - Mike Kenn LG - Kent Hill LG - Herbert Scott C - Rich Saul C - Jeff Van Note RG - Dennis Harrah RT - Dan Dierdorf QB - Steve Bartkowski QB - Ron Jaworski RB - Ottis Anderson RB - Billy Sims RB - Walter Payton FB - William Andrews TE - Jimmie Giles TE - Junior Miller WR - Alfred Jenkins WR - Pat Tilley WR - Harold Carmichael WR - Ahmad Rashad WR - James Lofton


LCB Pat Thomas LCB Lemar Parrish FS - Nolan Cromwell LLB - Matt Blair LOLB - Dave Lewis LOLB - Brad Van Pelt MLB - Jack Reynolds MLB - Bob Breunig SS - Gary Fencik RCB - Joe Lavender RCB - Rod Perry LDE Dan Hampton NT - Charlie Johnson LDT Larry Brooks RDT Randy White RDE - Al Baker RDE - Lee Roy Selmon

Special Team

K - Eddie Murray P - Dave Jennings KR/PR - Mike Nelms



LT - Art Shell LT - Doug Dieken LG - Doug Wilkerson LG - John Hannah C - Tom DeLeone C - Mike Webster RG - Joe DeLamilleure RT - Marvin Powell QB - Dan Fouts QB - Brian Sipe RB - Kenny King RB - Earl Campbell FB - Mike Pruitt FB - Franco Harris TE - Dave Casper TE - Kellen Winslow WR - Jerry Butler WR - Charlie Joiner WR - Stanley Morgan WR - John Jefferson


LCB -Lester Hayes FS - Tim Fox FS - Gary Barbaro LLB - Jack Ham LLB - Matt Blair LILB - Steve Nelson LOLB - Ted Hendricks MLB - Jack Lambert ROLB - Robert Brazille SS - Donnie Shell RCB - Greg Stemrick RCB - Mike Haynes LDE - Art Still NT - Charlie Johnson LDT - Louie Kelcher RDT - Gary Johnson RDE - Julius Adams RDE - Fred Dean

Special Team

K - John Smith P - Ray Guy PR/RB - Joe Cribbs PR/WR - J.T. Smith

Rookie placekicker Eddie Murray of the Detroit Lions was named the game's Most Valuable Player.[3]

Players on the winning NFC team received $5,000 apiece while the AFC participants each took home $2,500.[4] The game was the first NFL game ever played in the month of February.


  1. 1 2 3 "1981 Pro Bowl game book" (PDF). NFL Game Statistics & Information. National Football League. Archived (PDF) from the original on January 30, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
  2. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/1980/probowl.htm
  3. "NFC Clobbers AFC in Pro Bowl". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. AP. February 2, 1981. p. 20. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  4. "NFL Pro Bowl history". CBSSports.com. Archived from the original on January 16, 2012. Retrieved January 16, 2012.

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