1973 NFL Pro Bowl
1234 Total
AFC 0101013 33
NFC 140014 28
DateJanuary 21, 1973
StadiumTexas Stadium, Irving, Texas
MVPO. J. Simpson (Buffalo Bills, RB)
RefereeDick Jorgensen
TV in the United States
AnnouncersFrank Glieber, Alex Hawkins, Bruce Roberts

The 1973 Pro Bowl was the NFL's 23rd annual all-star game, which featured the outstanding performers from the 1972 season. The game was played on Sunday, January 21, 1973, at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas. It was the first Pro Bowl not to be played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The final score was AFC 33, NFC 28. Running back O. J. Simpson of the Buffalo Bills was named the game's Most Valuable Player.[1]

Attendance at the game was 47,879.[2] Chuck Noll of the Pittsburgh Steelers coached the AFC while the NFC was led by the Dallas Cowboys' Tom Landry.[3] The game's referee was Dick Jorgensen.[2]

Players on the winning AFC team received $2,000 each, while the NFC participants took home $1,500.[4]

AFC roster


Position Starter(s) Reserve(s)
Quarterback 3 Daryle Lamonica, Oakland 21 John Hadl, San Diego
12 Joe Namath, N.Y. Jets
Running back 32 O. J. Simpson, Buffalo 22 Mercury Morris, Miami
Fullback 32 Franco Harris, Pittsburgh 39 Larry Csonka, Miami
44 Marv Hubbard, Oakland
Wide receivers 89 Otis Taylor, Kansas City
27 Gary Garrison, San Diego
40 J.D. Hill, Buffalo
42 Paul Warfield, Miami
Tight end 87 Raymond Chester, Oakland 88 Rich Caster, N.Y. Jets
Offensive tackle 75 Winston Hill, N.Y. Jets
78 Art Shell, Oakland
78 Norm Evans, Miami
Offensive guard 66 Larry Little, Miami
63 Gene Upshaw, Oakland
78 Walt Sweeney, San Diego
Center 00 Jim Otto, Oakland 50 Bill Curry, Baltimore


Position Starter(s) Reserve(s)
Defensive end 65 Elvin Bethea, Houston
75 Deacon Jones, San Diego
84 Bill Stanfill, Miami
78 Dwight White, Pittsburgh
Defensive tackle 75 Joe Greene, Pittsburgh
74 Mike Reid, Cincinnati
70 Paul Smith, Denver
Outside linebacker 34 Andy Russell, Pittsburgh
83 Ted Hendricks, Baltimore
78 Bobby Bell, Kansas City
Inside linebacker 63 Willie Lanier, Kansas City 85 Nick Buoniconti, Miami
53 Henry Davis, Pittsburgh
Cornerback 24 Willie Brown, Oakland
20 Robert James, Buffalo
18 Emmitt Thomas, Kansas City
Free safety 13 Jake Scott, Miami
Strong safety 40 Dick Anderson, Miami 29 Ken Houston, Houston

Special teams

Position Starter(s) Reserve(s)
Punter   44 Jerrel Wilson, Kansas City
Placekicker   10 Roy Gerela, Pittsburgh
Kick returner 40 Bruce Laird, Baltimore

NFC roster


Position Starter(s) Reserve(s)
Quarterback 17 Billy Kilmer, Washington 16 Norm Snead, N.Y. Giants
Running back 43 Larry Brown, Washington 35 Calvin Hill, Dallas
30 Ron Johnson, N.Y. Giants
Fullback 42 John Brockington, Green Bay 32 Walt Garrison, Dallas
Wide receivers 42 John Gilliam, Minnesota
18 Gene Washington, San Francisco
29 Harold Jackson, Philadelphia
42 Charley Taylor, Washington
Tight end 82 Ted Kwalick, San Francisco 86 Jim Mitchell, Atlanta
Offensive tackle 70 Rayfield Wright, Dallas
73 Ron Yary, Minnesota
76 Rocky Freitas, Detroit
75 George Kunz, Atlanta
Offensive guard 65 Tom Mack, Los Angeles
76 John Niland, Dallas
69 Woody Peoples, San Francisco
Center 75 Forrest Blue, San Francisco 56 Len Hauss, Washington


Position Starter(s) Reserve(s)
Defensive end 79 Coy Bacon, Los Angeles
87 Claude Humphrey, Atlanta
81 Jack Gregory, N.Y. Giants
Defensive tackle 78 Bob Brown, Green Bay
74 Merlin Olsen, Los Angeles
88 Alan Page, Minnesota
Outside linebacker 55 Chris Hanburger, Washington
64 Dave Wilcox, San Francisco
53 Fred Carr, Green Bay
Inside linebacker 51 Dick Butkus, Chicago 50 Tommy Nobis, Atlanta
Cornerback 20 Lem Barney, Detroit
37 Jimmy Johnson, San Francisco
20 Mel Renfro, Dallas
Free safety 28 Bill Bradley, Philadelphia 22 Paul Krause, Minnesota
Strong safety 34 Cornell Green, Dallas 48 Ron Smith, Chicago

Special teams

Position Starter(s) Reserve(s)
Placekicker   13 Chester Marcol, Green Bay
Kick returner 45 Speedy Duncan, Washington


  1. ^ "AFC holds off NFC by 33–28". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. AP. January 22, 1973. p. 16. Retrieved January 18, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "1973 Pro Bowl game book" (PDF). NFL Game Statistics & Information. National Football League. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
  3. ^ "The 1973 Pro Bowl". Bolding Sports Research. Archived from the original on April 30, 2012. Retrieved January 18, 2012.
  4. ^ "NFL Pro Bowl history". CBSSports.com. Archived from the original on August 10, 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2012.