1988 NFL Pro Bowl
1234 Total
NFC 0600 6
AFC 0762 15
DateFebruary 7, 1988
StadiumAloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
MVPBruce Smith (Buffalo Bills)
RefereeDick Hantak
TV in the United States
AnnouncersMike Patrick & Roy Firestone

The 1988 Pro Bowl was the NFL's 38th annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1987 season. The game was played on Sunday, February 7, 1988, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii before a crowd of 50,113.[1] The final score was AFC 15, NFC 6.[2]

Marty Schottenheimer of the Cleveland Browns led the AFC team against an NFC team coached by Minnesota Vikings head coach Jerry Burns.[3] The referee was Dick Hantak.[1]

Bruce Smith of the Buffalo Bills was named the game's MVP.[2] Players on the winning AFC team received $10,000 apiece while the NFC participants each took home $5,000.[4]

AFC roster

The players representing the AFC were:


Position Starter(s) Reserve(s)
Quarterback 7 John Elway, Denver 13 Dan Marino, Miami
7 Jim Kelly, Buffalo
19 Bernie Kosar, Cleveland
Running back 32 Marcus Allen, L.A. Raiders 29 Eric Dickerson, Indianapolis
28 Curt Warner, Seattle
30 Mike Rozier, Houston
Fullback 34 Kevin Mack, Cleveland
Wide receiver 88 Al Toon, N.Y. Jets
88 Carlos Carson, Kansas City
80 Steve Largent, Seattle
86 Stanley Morgan, New England
Tight end 80 Kellen Winslow, San Diego 46 Todd Christensen, L.A. Raiders
Offensive tackle 78 Anthony Muñoz, Cincinnati
63 Cody Risien, Cleveland
74 Jim Lachey, San Diego
75 Chris Hinton, Indianapolis
Offensive guard 54 Keith Bishop, Denver
65 Mike Munchak, Houston
66 Ron Solt, Indianapolis
Center 53 Ray Donaldson, Indianapolis 52 Mike Webster, Pittsburgh


Position Starter(s) Reserve(s)
Defensive end 74 Howie Long, L. A. Raiders
73 Bruce Smith, Buffalo
79 Jacob Green, Seattle
Defensive tackle 63 Bill Maas, Kansas City 69 Tim Krumrie, Cincinnati
79 Bob Golic, Cleveland
Outside linebacker 56 Andre Tippett, New England
56 Duane Bickett, Indianapolis
57 Clay Matthews Jr., Cleveland
Inside linebacker 77 Karl Mecklenburg, Denver
50 Fredd Young, Seattle
56 John Offerdahl, Miami
Cornerback 31 Frank Minnifield, Cleveland
29 Hanford Dixon, Cleveland
29 Albert Lewis, Kansas City
Free safety 20 Deron Cherry, Kansas City
Strong safety 45 Kenny Easley, Seattle Seahawks 25 Keith Bostic, Houston

Special teams

Position Starter(s) Reserve(s)
Punter   2 Ralf Mojsiejenko, San Diego
Placekicker   1 Dean Biasucci, Indianapolis
Kick returner 89 Gerald McNeil, Cleveland
Special Teamer 89 Steve Tasker, Buffalo

NFC roster

The players representing the NFC were:


Position Starter(s) Reserve(s)
Quarterback 16 Joe Montana, San Francisco 15 Neil Lomax, St. Louis
Running back 42 Gerald Riggs, Atlanta 33 Roger Craig, San Francisco
36 Reuben Mayes, New Orleans
34 Herschel Walker, Dallas
Fullback 24 Ron Wolfley, St. Louis
Wide receiver 80 Jerry Rice, San Francisco
82 Mike Quick, Philadelphia
84 Gary Clark, Washington
81 Anthony Carter, Minnesota
Tight end 83 Steve Jordan, Minnesota 89 Mark Bavaro, N.Y. Giants
85 Hoby Brenner, New Orleans
Offensive tackle 65 Gary Zimmerman, Minnesota
78 Jackie Slater, Los Angeles Rams
67 Luis Sharpe, St. Louis
Offensive guard 79 Bill Fralic, Atlanta
60 Dennis Harrah, Los Angeles Rams
63 Brad Edelman, New Orleans
Center 63 Jay Hilgenberg, Chicago 56 Doug Smith, Los Angeles Rams


Position Starter(s) Reserve(s)
Defensive end 92 Reggie White, Philadelphia
56 Chris Doleman, Minnesota
71 Charles Mann, Washington
Defensive tackle 95 Michael Carter, San Francisco 76 Steve McMichael, Chicago
Outside linebacker 58 Carl Banks, N. Y. Giants
58 Wilber Marshall, Chicago
56 Lawrence Taylor, N. Y. Giants
Inside linebacker 50 Mike Singletary, Chicago
53 Harry Carson, N. Y. Giants
55 Scott Studwell, Minnesota
51 Sam Mills, New Orleans
Cornerback 28 Darrell Green, Washington
25 Jerry Gray, L. A. Rams
44 Dave Waymer, New Orleans
Free safety 42 Ronnie Lott, San Francisco
Strong safety 47 Joey Browner, Minnesota 22 Dave Duerson, Chicago

Special teams

Position Starter(s) Reserve(s)
Punter   5 Jim Arnold, Detroit
Placekicker   7 Morten Andersen, New Orleans Saints
Kick returner 36 Vai Sikahema, St. Louis


  1. ^ a b "1988 Pro Bowl game book" (PDF). NFL Game Statistics & Information. National Football League. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 31, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Peters, Ken (February 8, 1988). "Kelly, Biasucci propel AFC to win in Pro Bowl". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. AP. p. 10. Retrieved January 10, 2012.
  3. ^ "Pro Bowl set to wrap football season". Daily Record (Ellensburg, Washington). UPI. February 5, 1988. p. 10. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
  4. ^ "NFL Pro Bowl history". CBSSports.com. Archived from the original on August 10, 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2012.