2001 Pro Bowl

The 2001 Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 2000 season. The game was played on February 4, 2001, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The final score was AFC 38, NFC 17. Rich Gannon of the Oakland Raiders was the game's MVP.

2001 NFL Pro Bowl
2001 Pro Bowl logo
17 38
Head coach:
Dennis Green
(Minnesota Vikings)
Head coach:
Jon Gruden
(Oakland Raiders)
1234 Total
NFC 03140 17
AFC 141077 38
DateFebruary 4, 2001
StadiumAloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
MVPRich Gannon (Oakland Raiders)
RefereeBob McElwee
TV in the United States
AnnouncersAl Michaels, Dan Fouts, Dennis Miller, Eric Dickerson and Melissa Stark

AFC roster


Position: Starters: Reserves:
Quarterback 12 Rich Gannon, Oakland 18 Peyton Manning, Indianapolis
14 Brian Griese, Denver[b]
  9 Steve McNair, Tennessee[b]
18 Elvis Grbac, Kansas City[a]
Running back 32 Edgerrin James, Indianapolis 27 Eddie George, Tennessee
28 Corey Dillon, Cincinnati
Fullback 20 Richie Anderson, N.Y. Jets
Wide receiver 88 Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis
80 Eric Moulds, Buffalo
82 Jimmy Smith, Jacksonville
80 Rod Smith, Denver
Tight end 88 Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City 89 Frank Wycheck, Tennessee
Offensive tackle 71 Tony Boselli, Jacksonville[b]
72 Brad Hopkins, Tennessee[c]
75 Jonathan Ogden, Baltimore
72 Lincoln Kennedy, Oakland[a]
Offensive guard 79 Ruben Brown, Buffalo
74 Bruce Matthews, Tennessee[b]
76 Steve Wisniewski, Oakland[c]
68 Will Shields, Kansas City[a]
Center 68 Kevin Mawae, N.Y. Jets 66 Tom Nalen, Denver[b]
61 Tim Ruddy, Miami[a]


Position: Starters: Reserves:
Defensive end 93 Trace Armstrong, Miami
99 Jason Taylor, Miami
90 Jevon Kearse, Tennessee
Defensive tackle 95 Sam Adams, Baltimore
93 Trevor Pryce, Denver
92 Ted Washington, Buffalo
Outside linebacker 57 Mo Lewis, N.Y. Jets
55 Junior Seau, San Diego
92 Jason Gildon, Pittsburgh
Inside linebacker 52 Ray Lewis, Baltimore 56 Sam Cowart, Buffalo
54 Zach Thomas, Miami[d]
Cornerback 29 Sam Madison, Miami
21 Samari Rolle, Tennessee
24 Charles Woodson, Oakland
Free safety 26 Rod Woodson, Baltimore 31 Brock Marion, Miami
Strong safety 23 Blaine Bishop, Tennessee

Special teams

Position: Player:
Punter   2 Darren Bennett, San Diego
Placekicker   3 Matt Stover, Baltimore
Kick returner 85 Derrick Mason, Tennessee
Special teamer 53 Larry Izzo, Miami

NFC roster


Position: Starters: Reserves:
Quarterback 11 Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota   5 Jeff Garcia, San Francisco
13 Kurt Warner, St. Louis[b]
  5 Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia[a]
Running back 28 Marshall Faulk, St. Louis[b]
25 Charlie Garner, San Francisco[c]
26 Robert Smith, Minnesota[b]
48 Stephen Davis, Washington[a]
28 Warrick Dunn, Tampa Bay[a]
Fullback 40 Mike Alstott, Tampa Bay
Wide receiver 80 Isaac Bruce, St. Louis[b]
84 Randy Moss, Minnesota[b]
80 Cris Carter, Minnesota[c]
81 Terrell Owens, San Francisco[c]
87 Joe Horn, New Orleans[a]
88 Torry Holt, St. Louis[a]
Tight end 89 Chad Lewis, Philadelphia 80 Stephen Alexander, Washington
Offensive tackle 76 Orlando Pace, St. Louis
77 Willie Roaf, New Orleans
77 Korey Stringer, Minnesota
Offensive guard 73 Larry Allen, Dallas
64 Randall McDaniel, Tampa Bay
65 Ron Stone, N.Y. Giants
Center 62 Jeff Christy, Tampa Bay 78 Matt Birk, Minnesota


Position: Starters: Reserves:
Defensive end 53 Hugh Douglas, Philadelphia
94 Joe Johnson, New Orleans
99 Marco Coleman, Washington
Defensive tackle 97 La'Roi Glover, New Orleans
99 Warren Sapp, Tampa Bay
94 Luther Elliss, Detroit
Outside linebacker 98 Jessie Armstead, N.Y. Giants
55 Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay
59 Keith Mitchell, New Orleans
Inside linebacker 57 Stephen Boyd, Detroit[b]
54 Jeremiah Trotter, Philadelphia[c]
54 Brian Urlacher, Chicago[a]
55 Mark Fields, New Orleans[d]
Cornerback 24 Champ Bailey, Washington
23 Troy Vincent, Philadelphia
21 Donnie Abraham, Tampa Bay
Free safety 42 Darren Sharper, Green Bay
Strong safety 24 Robert Griffith, Minnesota 47 John Lynch, Tampa Bay

Special teams

Position: Player:
Punter 10 Scott Player, Arizona
Placekicker   7 Martin Gramatica, Tampa Bay
Kick returner 80 Desmond Howard, Detroit
Special teamer 24 Michael Bates, Carolina


a Replacement selection due to injury or vacancy
b Injured player; selected but did not play
c Replacement starter; selected as reserve
d "Need player"; named by coach


Name Position
Bob McElwee (#95) Referee
Butch Hannah (#40) Umpire
Paul Weidner (#87) Head Linesman
Tom Stephan (#68) Line Judge
Tom Sifferman (#118) Field Judge
Rick Patterson (#15) Side Judge
Billy Smith (#2) Back Judge



Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
AFC 14 10 7 7 38
NFC 0 3 14 0 17



Team Statistics

Statistic Number (NFC) Number (AFC)
First Downs 20 29

Individual Statistics

Number of selections per team

AFC Team Selections NFC Team Selections
Tennessee Titans 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9
Miami Dolphins 7 Minnesota Vikings 8
Baltimore Ravens 5 New Orleans Saints 6
Oakland Raiders 4 Philadelphia Eagles 5
Denver Broncos 4 St. Louis Rams 5
Buffalo Bills 4 Washington Redskins 5
Indianapolis Colts 3 Detroit Lions 3
New York Jets 3 San Francisco 49ers 3
Kansas City Chiefs 3 New York Giants 2
Jacksonville Jaguars 2 Green Bay Packers 1
San Diego Chargers 2 Carolina Panthers 1
Pittsburgh Steelers 1 Dallas Cowboys 1
Cincinnati Bengals 1 Chicago Bears 1
Seattle Seahawks 0 Arizona Cardinals 1
New England Patriots 0 Atlanta Falcons 0
Cleveland Browns 0


  1. ^ a b NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 362
2001 St. Louis Rams season

The 2001 St. Louis Rams season was the franchise's 64th season in the National Football League, the seventh season in St. Louis and the second under head coach Mike Martz. The Rams set a franchise record for wins in a season (14), while also going a perfect 8–0 on the road. Quarterback Kurt Warner would go on to win his second league MVP award. Along with Warner's 1999 MVP award and Marshall Faulk's 2000 award, the Rams had amassed the last three NFL MVP awards.

The Rams also became the first team in NFL history to open three consecutive seasons with six straight wins and the first to score 500 or more points in three consecutive seasons.

The Rams returned to the Super Bowl for a second time after shockingly winning their first title 2 years before, but this time against the 11-5 New England Patriots, led by Bill Belichick and sophomore quarterback Tom Brady. The Rams lost 17–20 and were expected by many to win their 2nd Super Bowl title. This was the Rams' last Super Bowl appearance until the 2018 season, when they defeated the Saints 26–23 in the NFC Championship game. By that time the Rams would be based in Los Angeles after relocating from St. Louis in 2016.

This was also the final season with the Rams as "The Greatest Show on Turf" as Kurt Warner struggled the following two seasons with the team. He was then replaced by Marc Bulger.

2002 Pro Bowl

The 2002 Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 2001 season. The game was played on February 9, 2002, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The final score was AFC 38, NFC 30. Rich Gannon of the Oakland Raiders was the game's MVP.

Brian Urlacher

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The Bears selected Urlacher with the ninth overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. Urlacher quickly established himself as one of the NFL's most productive defensive players. After winning the NFL Rookie of the Year Award in 2000, he was elected to eight Pro Bowls, and won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2005. His playing style, accomplishments and reputation have made him one of the team's most popular players. After retiring from professional football, he was briefly an analyst for Fox Sports 1. He was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility on February 3, 2018.

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In 2016, Sharper was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple rape and drug-related charges.

Elvis Grbac

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During his career, Grbac was on one Super Bowl-winning team with the 49ers over the San Diego Chargers, and won one AFC West title in 1997 while quarterbacking the Chiefs. He still holds six all-time records with the Chiefs, including: Most touchdown passes in consecutive games (15), lowest percentage, passes had intercepted (3.04), and most yards gained in a single game (504).

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Roderick Kevin Woodson (born March 10, 1965) is a former American football player who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 17 seasons. He had a 10-year stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers and was a key member of the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl XXXV championship team that beat the New York Giants. He also played for the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, wearing the jersey number 26 throughout his career. He holds the NFL record for fumble recoveries (32) by a defensive player, and interceptions returned for touchdown (12), and was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1993. His 71 career interceptions is the third-most in NFL history. He was an inductee of the Class of 2009 of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on August 8, 2009. Woodson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2016. Rod played most of his career as a cornerback then switched to safety during the later part of his career.

From his retirement in 2003 to February 2011, Woodson worked as an analyst for the NFL Network (on NFL Total Access and Thursday Night Football) and for the Big Ten Network. He spent the 2011 season as the Raiders' cornerbacks coach. He then returned to broadcasting, working for Westwood One as an analyst on college football (2012) and the NFL (2013) before resuming his coaching career in 2014.


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The first night of play brought higher television viewership than NBC had projected, but ratings quickly nosedived. The league developed a negative reputation due to its connections to professional wrestling and the WWF, the overall quality of play, and a presentation that differed starkly from network football telecasts of the era (albeit with technical and on-air innovations that would later become commonplace). Lorne Michaels, executive producer of NBC's long-running Saturday Night Live, criticized the XFL when a game extended into double overtime causing the show to be delayed until after midnight on the east coast. That prompted action afterwards to speed up play, and threats to pre-empt the conclusion of a game entirely if it did not finish by a specific time, in order to minimize disruptions to SNL.

NBC and the WWF both lost $35 million on their $100 million investment in the league's inaugural season. Although committed to broadcast two seasons, NBC pulled out of its broadcast contract for the XFL after the inaugural season, citing the poor viewership. While WWF owner Vince McMahon initially stated that the XFL would continue without NBC, and proposed the addition of expansion teams, unfavorable demands to the league by UPN hastened the XFL's demise, and the league ceased operations entirely in May 2001 a month after the championship game. The Los Angeles Xtreme were the XFL's first and only champions. McMahon conceded that the league was a "colossal failure".McMahon maintained control of the XFL brand after the league ceased operations, and on January 25, 2018, he announced the return of the XFL with a target relaunch date of 2020. The revival will be owned by McMahon's Alpha Entertainment, a company separate from WWE, and does not plan to utilize the same sports entertainment features associated with the original.

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