1976 Pro Bowl
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1976 Pro Bowl
1976 NFL Pro Bowl
1234 Total
AFC 01307 20
NFC 00914 23
DateJanuary 26, 1976
StadiumLouisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
MVPBilly Johnson (Houston Oilers)
RefereeFred Silva
TV in the United States
AnnouncersFrank Gifford, Howard Cosell, and Alex Karras

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]


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



Position AFC NFC
Defensive end John Dutton - Baltimore
L. C. Greenwood - Pittsburgh
Elvin Bethea - Houston
Jack Youngblood - Los Angeles
Cedrick Hardman - San Francisco
Fred Dryer - Los Angeles
Defensive tackle Jerry Sherk - Cleveland
Joe Greene - Pittsburgh
Curley Culp - Houston
Alan Page - Minnesota
Merlin Olsen - Los Angeles
Wally Chambers - Chicago
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 Carr - Green 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.


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

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