1966 Pro Bowl

The 1966 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's sixteenth annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1965 season. The game was played on January 16, 1966, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles in front of a crowd of 60,124.[1]

The coach of the Eastern Conference, Blanton Collier of the Cleveland Browns, used the domination of the West that year as a rallying cry for the Eastern team as they prepared to take the field against the Western Conference stars coached by Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers. During the 1965 season, the Western Conference had dominated the Eastern Conference — Western teams had won the league championship as well as 13 of the 14 regular season inter-conference games. This apparent domination extended to the college ranks as well with the West team winning the East-West college all-star game and the Rose Bowl.[2]

At the same time, Lombardi felt his West squad was at an unfair disadvantage in the game due to a denial by the league of a last minute appeal to use his own team's quarterback, Bart Starr, in the game. Starr had previously been scratched due to injury, but had recovered sufficiently to play.[2]

Dale Meinert of the St. Louis Cardinals was named the "lineman of the game" while the Cleveland Browns' fullback Jim Brown was awarded "back of the game" honors for the third time in his career. Brown carried 21 times for 65 yards. One story line of the game, the anticipated showdown between Brown and rookie Gale Sayers of the Bears, never materialized when Lombardi surprisingly called only a single play for Sayers, a handoff which Sayers took for 15 yards.[2]

1966 East–West Pro Bowl
Eastern Conference Western Conference
36 7
Head coach:
Blanton Collier
(Cleveland Browns)
Head coach:
Vince Lombardi
(Green Bay Packers)
1234 Total
Eastern Conference 1013310 36
Western Conference 0007 7
DateJanuary 16, 1966
StadiumMemorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Co-MVPsJim Brown (Cleveland Browns), Dale Meinert (St. Louis Cardinals)
TV in the United States
AnnouncersJack Drees, Frank Gifford


  1. ^ "Brown, East bop West in Pro Bowl, 36–7". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. AP. January 17, 1966. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "The 1966 Pro Bowl". Bolding Sports Research. Archived from the original on January 20, 2012. Retrieved January 20, 2012.

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1967 Pro Bowl

The 1967 Pro Bowl was the seventeenth annual National Football League (NFL) all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1966 season. The game was played on January 22, 1967, in a heavy rainstorm at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California before a sparse crowd of 15,062. This was the second-lowest attendance in the history of the Pro Bowl next to the inaugural game in 1939. The final score was East 20, West 10. For the second year in a row, the East dominated the West on the strength of turnovers. They recovered two fumbles and intercepted four passes.The game proved that the NFL had a successor to the great Jim Brown, who had retired after the 1965 season, with the presence of the Chicago Bears' Gale Sayers. Sayers was named back of the game while Floyd Peters of the Philadelphia Eagles was selected as lineman of the game. The coaches were Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys for the East and George Allen of the Los Angeles Rams for the West.

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Paul Flatley

Paul Richard Flatley (born January 30, 1941 in Richmond, Indiana) is a former American football wide receiver who played for the Northwestern Wildcats from 1960 to 1962 and later in the National Football League from 1963 to 1970.

In 1962, Flatley was a vital part of Northwestern's offensive attack which helped earn the Wildcats the #1 AP ranking for two weeks mid-season. Flatley led the team in receiving yardage and participated in the 1962 East-West Shrine Game.

During his professional career, he played for the Minnesota Vikings (1963–1967) and the Atlanta Falcons (1968–1970). Drafted by the Vikings in the 4th round in the 1963 NFL Draft, Flatley was selected as the UPI NFL-NFC Rookie of the Year. As a Viking, Flatley played in the 1966 Pro Bowl.

He is a member of the Indiana Football Hall of Fame. He was part of the Minnesota Golden Gopher football radio broadcasts with Ray Christensen for many years.

Paul Naumoff

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Utah Utes football

The Utah Utes football program is a college football team that competes in the Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12) of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of NCAA Division I and represents the University of Utah. The Utah college football program began in 1892 and has played home games at the current site of Rice-Eccles Stadium since 1927. They have won twenty-four conference championships in five conferences during their history, and, as of the end of the 2017 season, they have a cumulative record of 668 wins, 459 losses, and 31 ties.The Utes have a record of 17–5 (.770) in bowl games. Among Utah's bowl appearances are two games from the Bowl Championship Series (BCS): the Fiesta Bowl and the Sugar Bowl. In the 2005 Fiesta Bowl, Utah defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers 35–7, and in the 2009 Sugar Bowl, they defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 31–17. During those seasons, Utah was a member of the Mountain West Conference, whose champion does not receive an automatic invitation to a BCS bowl. The Utes were the first team from a conference without an automatic bid to play in a BCS bowl game—colloquially known as being a BCS Buster—and the first BCS Buster to play in a second BCS Bowl.

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