1976 Pro Bowl

The 1976 Pro Bowl was the NFL's 26th annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1975 season. The game was played on Monday, January 26, 1976, at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana in front of a crowd of 32,108.[1] The final score was NFC 23, AFC 20. It was also the first Pro Bowl game played indoors.

The game featured the best players in the National Football League as selected by the league's coaches. John Madden of the Oakland Raiders led the AFC team against an NFC team led by Los Angeles Rams head coach Chuck Knox.[2]

The AFC's Billy "White Shoes" Johnson was named the game's MVP on the strength of a 90-yard punt return touchdown and a second punt return of 55 yards that set up a field goal.[3] The referee was Fred Silva.[4]

Players on the winning NFC team received $2,000 apiece while the AFC participants each took home $1,500.[5]

1976 NFL Pro Bowl
AFC NFC
20 23
Head coach:
John Madden
(Oakland Raiders)
Head coach:
Chuck Knox
(Los Angeles Rams)
1234 Total
AFC 01307 20
NFC 00914 23
DateJanuary 26, 1976
StadiumLouisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
MVPBilly Johnson (Houston Oilers)
RefereeFred Silva
Attendance32,108
TV in the United States
NetworkABC
AnnouncersFrank Gifford, Howard Cosell, and Alex Karras

Rosters

The 40-man Pro Bowl squads consisted of the following players:[6][7]

Offense

Position AFC NFC
Quarterback Terry BradshawPittsburgh[a][8]
Ken AndersonCincinnati
Dan PastoriniHouston[b]
Fran TarkentonMinnesota[a]
Jim HartSt. Louis
Roger StaubachDallas[b][a]
Mike BorylaPhiladelphia
Running back O. J. SimpsonBuffalo
Franco Harris – Pittsburgh
Lydell MitchellBaltimore
John RigginsNY Jets
Chuck Foreman – Minnesota
Terry Metcalf – St. Louis
Lawrence McCutcheonLos Angeles
Jim Otis – St. Louis
Wide receiver Lynn Swann – Pittsburgh
Isaac Curtis – Cincinnati
Cliff BranchOakland
Ken Burrough – Houston
Mel Gray – St. Louis
John Gilliam –Minnesota
Harold Jackson – Los Angeles
Charley TaylorWashington
Tight end Riley OdomsDenver
Rich Caster – NY Jets
Charle Young – Philadelphia
Charlie SandersDetroit
Tackle Art Shell – Oakland
George Kunz – Baltimore
Russ WashingtonSan Diego
Ron Yary – Minnesota
Dan Dierdorf – St. Louis
Rayfield Wright – Dallas
Guard Bob KuechenbergMiami
Gene Upshaw – Oakland
Joe DeLamielleure – Buffalo
Ed White – Minnesota
Conrad Dobler – St. Louis
Tom Mack – Los Angeles
Center Jim Langer – Miami
Jack RudnayKansas City
Tom Banks – St. Louis
Jeff Van NoteAtlanta

Defense

Position AFC NFC
Defensive end John Dutton – Baltimore
L. C. Greenwood – Pittsburgh
Elvin Bethea – Houston
Jack Youngblood – Los Angeles
Cedrick HardmanSan Francisco
Fred Dryer – Los Angeles
Defensive tackle Jerry SherkCleveland
Joe Greene – Pittsburgh
Curley Culp – Houston
Alan Page – Minnesota
Merlin Olsen – Los Angeles
Wally ChambersChicago
Middle linebacker Willie Lanier – Kansas City[a]
Jack Lambert – Pittsburgh
Randy Gradishar – Denver[b]
Jeff Siemon – Minnesota
Jack Reynolds – Los Angeles
Outside linebacker Andy Russell – Pittsburgh
Jack Ham – Pittsburgh
Phil Villapiano – Oakland
Chris Hanburger – Washington
Isiah Robertson – Los Angeles
Fred CarrGreen Bay
Cornerback Mel Blount – Pittsburgh
Lemar Parrish – Cincinnati
Emmitt Thomas – Kansas City
Roger Wehrli – St. Louis
Lem Barney – Detroit
Bobby Bryant – Minnesota
Safety Mike Wagner – Pittsburgh
Jake Scott – Miami
Jack Tatum –Oakland[a]
Glen Edwards – Pittsburgh[b][8]
Cliff Harris – Dallas
Ken Houston – Washington
Paul Krause – Minnesota

Special teams

Position AFC NFC
Kicker Jan Stenerud – Kansas City Jim Bakken – St. Louis
Punter Ray Guy – Oakland John James – Atlanta
Return specialist Billy Johnson – Houston Steve Odom – Green Bay

Roster Notes:

bold denotes player who participated in game
a Injured player; selected but did not play
b Replacement selection due to injury or vacancy

Number of selections by team

Note: these numbers include players selected to the team but unable to play as well as replacements for these injured players, so there are more than 40 players in each conference.

AFC Team Selections
Pittsburgh Steelers 11
Oakland Raiders 6
Houston Oilers 5
Kansas City Chiefs 4
Baltimore Colts 3
Cincinnati Bengals 3
Miami Dolphins 3
Buffalo Bills 2
Denver Broncos 2
New York Jets 2
Cleveland Browns 1
San Diego Chargers 1
New England Patriots
NFC Team Selections
Minnesota Vikings 9
St. Louis Cardinals 9
Los Angeles Rams 8
Dallas Cowboys 3
Washington Redskins 3
Atlanta Falcons 2
Detroit Lions 2
Green Bay Packers 2
Philadelphia Eagles 2
Chicago Bears 1
San Francisco 49ers 1
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants

References

  1. ^ "1976 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. ^ "Franco, O. J. give AC TD Edge in Pro Bowl". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. AP. January 26, 1976. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  3. ^ "Boryla Passes Nip AFC". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. AP. January 27, 1976. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  4. ^ "Pro Bowl Proves Ray Guy Can Really Punt". The Union Democrat. UPI. January 27, 1976. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  5. ^ "NFL Pro Bowl history". CBSSports.com. Archived from the original on January 16, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
  6. ^ "10 Steelers in Pro Bowl". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 25, 1975. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  7. ^ "1976 Pro Bowl players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on January 6, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Steelers Everywhere in Pro Bowl Clash". Pittsburgh Press. January 25, 1976. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
1976 NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament

The 1976 NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 13, 1976, and ended with the championship game on March 29 in Philadelphia. A total of 32 games were played, including a national third place game.

Indiana, coached by Bob Knight, won the national title with an 86–68 victory in the final game over Michigan, coached by Johnny Orr. Kent Benson of Indiana was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Notably, this was the first time that two teams from the same conference (the Big Ten) played in the title game. Also, this was the last men's Division I tournament to date to feature two unbeaten teams, as both Indiana and Rutgers entered the tournament unbeaten. To date, Indiana is the last team to go the entire season undefeated at 32–0. Both advanced to the Final Four, with Indiana winning the title and Rutgers losing to Michigan in the semifinals and UCLA in the third-place game.

This tournament was also the first since the creation of the NCAA men's tournament in 1939 in which no regional third-place games were played. In the first two NCAA tournaments (1939 and 1940), the West Regional held a third-place game, but the East (the only other regional of that day) did not. The East began holding its own third-place game in 1941, and from that point through 1975 each regional held a third-place game.

As site of the Continental Congress and signing of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia also served as host for the 1976 NBA All-Star Game, the 1976 National Hockey League All-Star Game, and the 1976 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at which President Ford threw out the first pitch. The 1976 Pro Bowl was an exception and was played in New Orleans, likely due to weather concerns.

1976 Pittsburgh Steelers season

The 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the team's 44th in the National Football League. The Steelers started the season looking to become the first team in the Super Bowl era to win three-straight league championships (and first since the 1929–1931 and 1965–1967 Green Bay Packers). However, many thought that would be in doubt after the team started 1–4 and saw quarterback Terry Bradshaw injured in the week 5 loss to the Cleveland Browns after a vicious sack by Joe "Turkey" Jones that has since become immortalized in NFL Films as part of the Browns-Steelers rivalry.

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