Everything You Need to Know About the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl

Jan 26, 2017

By Rich W.

Home to the newly renovated, state-of-the-art Camping World Stadium (formerly the Citrus Bowl Stadium) and offering beautiful weather and easy access to world-famous theme parks, Orlando serves as the perfect choice to host the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday, January 29 at 8 PM EST. In fact, Orlando beat out Honolulu, Rio de Janeiro, Houston and Sydney, Australia, for the hosting rights to the 2017 Pro Bowl. After three years using a revised “unconferenced” format, the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl will feature a return to the traditional American Football Conference (AFC) vs. National Football Conference (NFC) matchup of the National Football League (NFL). The 88 NFL players scheduled to participate in the Pro Bowl were determined by consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. The Pro Bowl coaches will be Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC team and Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs for the AFC team. A league-best seven Oakland Raiders have been named to the Pro Bowl, followed by the Atlanta Falcons with six Pro Bowl selections. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was selected to his 11th career NFL Pro Bowl, the most among active players (although Brady will not be competing in the actual Pro Bowl since the Patriots will face the Falcons in Super Bowl LI on Sunday, February 5 at 6:30 PM EST).

Events leading up to the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl include the NFL Fan Zone (January 27-28 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex), NFL FLAG Championships (January 27-28 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex), Pro Bowl Practices (January 27-28 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex), The Women’s World Football Games (January 27-28 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex), NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK National Championship (January 28 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex), North American Challenge (January 28 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex) and Pro Bowl 5K (January 28 at Epcot).

In addition, fans who arrive early to the Pro Bowl on Sunday can experience GameDay Fan Plaza, which will take place from 4 PM to 6:45 PM on Tinker Field at Camping World Stadium. Open to all fans who have a ticket to the game, GameDay Fan Plaza will feature marching bands, cheerleaders, mascots, sponsor activities, games, youth activities, live DJ and music, NFL Shop trailer, food trucks, the Pro Bowl Trophy and more. Camping World Stadium is located at 1 Citrus Bowl Place in downtown Orlando. Make sure to arrive early to avoid traffic delays. The Pro Bowl will be televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

NFL Pro Bowl Trivia

  • The first “Pro All-Star Game” took place on January 15, 1939, at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. The New York Giants won the game 13-10, defeating a team of NFL players, as well as players from two future Pacific Coast Professional Football League clubs, the Los Angeles Bulldogs and Hollywood Stars.

  • The first actual “Pro Bowl” was held on January 14, 1951, at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before a crowd of 53,676. The American Conference defeated the National Conference 28-27 and Otto Graham, quarterback of the Cleveland Browns, was named Most Valuable Player.

  • Although Orlando is hosting the Pro Bowl for the first time, it has taken place in Florida on three other occasions in the past: The Orange Bowl in Miami in 1975, Tampa Stadium in 1978 and Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens in 2010.

  • Aloha Stadium (1980-2009, 2011-14, 2016) in Honolulu has hosted the most Pro Bowls, followed by Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (1951-72, 1979).

  • The 2014 Pro Bowl featured an unconferenced format with NFL legends Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders as alumni captains. The unconferenced format was continued for the 2015 and 2016 Pro Bowls.

  • The Pro Bowl has different rules from other NFL games (for example, intentional grounding is legal).

  • Quarterbacks have won the MVP award in the Pro Bowl 16 times over the years, the most of any position.

  • Only two AFC-NFC Pro Bowls have gone into overtime (both were won by the AFC).

  • John Madden (Oakland Raiders) and Tom Landry (Dallas Cowboys) share the record (five) for most times serving as head coach during the Pro Bowl. Bill Cowher (Pittsburgh Steelers) has the most wins of any Pro Bowl coach with four.

  • The 2007-08 Dallas Cowboys hold the record for most Pro Bowl players from one team at 13.

  • The 2013 NFC team holds the record for the most points by a single team at 62.

  • Marshall Faulk (Indianapolis Colts) holds the Pro Bowl record for his 180-yard rushing performance in 1995.

  • Randy Moss (Minnesota Vikings) broke the record for single-game receiving yardage (212) during the 2000 Pro Bowl.

  • Marc Bulger (St. Louis Rams) set a Pro Bowl record in 2004 by throwing four touchdown passes. He was named Pro Bowl MVP for his efforts.

  • Brandon Marshall (Miami Dolphins) holds the record for most touchdown receptions at four (he finished with six catches for 174 yards).

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