2010 NFL Pro Bowl
2010 Pro Bowl logo.jpg
1234 Total
AFC 143177 41
NFC 107143 34
DateJanuary 31, 2010
StadiumSun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
MVPMatt Schaub (Houston Texans)
RefereeJeff Triplette
National anthemHonor Society
Coin tossDon Shula
TV in the United States
AnnouncersMike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Jon Gruden, Michele Tafoya, and Suzy Kolber

The 2010 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's all-star game for the 2009 season. It took place at 8:00 PM EST on Sunday, January 31, 2010, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, the home stadium of the Miami Dolphins and host site of Super Bowl XLIV.[1] The television broadcasters were Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden.

The AFC won the game 41–34.[2]

Site & date changes

The 2010 Pro Bowl was held on the weekend before the Super Bowl, the first time ever that the Pro Bowl was held before the championship game, and the first time that the Pro Bowl was held somewhere other than Aloha Stadium in Honolulu since 1980 (1979 season).[1] NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the move was made after looking at alternatives to strengthen the Pro Bowl.[3]

The game was moved up in order to prevent a conflict that would have taken place if the game had taken place on February 13 or 14, with the game facing against the NBA All-Star Game, Winter Olympics, and Daytona 500. Due to the change, players from the conference championship teams, who were going to play in the Super Bowl the following week—the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints—did not participate. As a result, for the first time in Pro Bowl history, rosters for the AFC and NFC teams were not allowed to include any players from the teams that would be playing in the Super Bowl to avoid major injuries to members of either team. However, these players were still required to be on site for the Pro Bowl to collect a bonus payment from the NFL.

Several NFL players spoke out against the decision regarding timing of the game; ten-time Pro Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning raised issue with the possibility that if the concept of rotating the location of the game were to continue, the 2012 game could be held in a cold-weather city (Indianapolis) not seen as a winter vacation destination.[4] NBC sportscaster Al Michaels was skeptical of the changes, telling the Honolulu Star-Bulletin that "the [NFL] thinks playing it before the Super Bowl will add to the buzz. It won't."[5] Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian also came out against the change, explaining that it seemed disruptive and "stupid" to have players voted to the Pro Bowl, only to have to sit out because they're playing in the Super Bowl, but still have to show up to the game to collect a bonus payment.[6]


ESPN aired the game instead of CBS, which aired the 52nd Grammy Awards that evening.[1]

The game was the first Pro Bowl to be legally broadcast on internet radio. As part of a catch in the league's broadcast contracts, the Pro Bowl has, to this point, never been broadcast on the NFL's FieldPass system due to it being broadcast exclusively by Westwood One. The NFL had negotiated internet broadcast rights with all 32 of its teams, but never did so with Westwood One (since it was seen as redundant); since none of the 32 teams actually play in the Pro Bowl, FieldPass did not hold rights. When contracts were renegotiated in 2009, Westwood One's broadcasts were added to FieldPass, and along with it, play-by-play of the Pro Bowl.[7] The Sports USA Radio Network provided the commentary for Westwood One, with SUSA's Larry Kahn on play-by-play and Dan Fouts sharing color commentary with Westwood One's Boomer Esiason.

Scoring summary

Scoring Play Score
1st Quarter
AFC – Andre Johnson 33-yard pass from Matt Schaub (Dan Carpenter kick), 12:00 AFC 7–0
NFC – David Akers 47-yard field goal, 9:29 AFC 7–3
AFC – Brandon Marshall 23-yard pass from Matt Schaub (Dan Carpenter kick), 7:07 AFC 14–3
NFC – Steve Smith 48-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (David Akers kick), 3:37 AFC 14–10
2nd Quarter
NFC – DeSean Jackson 7-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (David Akers kick), 11:31 NFC 17–14
AFC – Dan Carpenter 30-yard field goal, 5:31 17–17
3rd Quarter
NFC – DeSean Jackson 58-yard pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick), 14:22 NFC 24–17
AFC – Vincent Jackson 48-yard pass from David Garrard (Dan Carpenter kick), 13:33 24–24
AFC – Maurice Jones-Drew 4-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 11:27 AFC 31–24
AFC – Dan Carpenter 26-yard field goal, 5:13 AFC 34–24
NFC – DeAngelo Williams 7-yard run (David Akers kick), 1:27 AFC 34–31
4th Quarter
NFC – David Akers 39-yard field goal, 11:48 34–34
AFC – Chris Johnson 2-yard run (Dan Carpenter kick), 6:03 AFC 41–34

AFC roster


Position: Starter(s): Reserve(s): Alternate(s):
Quarterback 18 Peyton Manning, Indianapolis[e] 17 Philip Rivers, San Diego[b]
12 Tom Brady, New England[b]
  8 Matt Schaub, Houston[a][c][g]
10 Vince Young, Tennessee[a][h]
  9 David Garrard, Jacksonville[a]
Running back 28 Chris Johnson, Tennessee 32 Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville
27 Ray Rice, Baltimore
Fullback 33 Le'Ron McClain, Baltimore
Wide receiver 80 Andre Johnson, Houston
87 Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis[e]
15 Brandon Marshall, Denver[c]
83 Wes Welker, New England[b]
85 Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati[a]
83 Vincent Jackson, San Diego[a]
Tight end 44 Dallas Clark, Indianapolis[e] 85 Antonio Gates, San Diego[c] 83 Heath Miller, Pittsburgh[a]
Offensive tackle 77 Jake Long, Miami[b]
78 Ryan Clady, Denver
73 Joe Thomas, Cleveland[c] 60 D'Brickashaw Ferguson, N.Y. Jets[a]
Offensive guard 70 Logan Mankins, New England
66 Alan Faneca, N.Y. Jets
68 Kris Dielman, San Diego
Center 74 Nick Mangold, N.Y. Jets 63 Jeff Saturday, Indianapolis[e] 68 Kevin Mawae, Tennessee[a]


Position: Starter(s): Reserve(s): Alternate(s):
Defensive end 93 Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis[e]
98 Robert Mathis, Indianapolis[e]
90 Mario Williams, Houston[c] 93 Kyle Vanden Bosch, Tennessee[a][c]
92 Shaun Ellis, N.Y. Jets[a]
Defensive tackle 92 Haloti Ngata, Baltimore
75 Vince Wilfork, New England
98 Casey Hampton, Pittsburgh
Outside linebacker 92 Elvis Dumervil, Denver
92 James Harrison, Pittsburgh
56 Brian Cushing, Houston[b] 56 LaMarr Woodley, Pittsburgh[a]
Inside linebacker 52 Ray Lewis, Baltimore 59 DeMeco Ryans, Houston
Cornerback 24 Darrelle Revis, N.Y. Jets
21 Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland
24 Champ Bailey, Denver
Free safety 20 Ed Reed, Baltimore[b] 31 Jairus Byrd, Buffalo[b] 31 Brandon Meriweather, New England[a][c]
41 Antoine Bethea, Indianapolis[a][e]
Strong safety 20 Brian Dawkins, Denver 37 Yeremiah Bell, Miami[a]

Special teams

Position: Starter(s): Reserve(s): Alternate(s):
Punter   9 Shane Lechler, Oakland
Placekicker 10 Nate Kaeding, San Diego[b]   5 Dan Carpenter, Miami[a]
Kick returner 16 Joshua Cribbs, Cleveland
Special teamer 81 Kassim Osgood, San Diego
Long snapper 59 Jon Condo, Oakland[d]

NFC roster


Position: Starter(s): Reserve(s): Alternate(s):
Quarterback   9 Drew Brees, New Orleans[e]   4 Brett Favre, Minnesota[b]
12 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay[c]
  5 Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia[a]
  9 Tony Romo, Dallas[a]
Running back 28 Adrian Peterson, Minnesota 39 Steven Jackson, St. Louis[b]
34 DeAngelo Williams, Carolina
21 Frank Gore, San Francisco[a]
Fullback 43 Leonard Weaver, Philadelphia 30 John Kuhn, Green Bay
Wide receiver 11 Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona[b]
10 DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia[f]
18 Sidney Rice, Minnesota[b]
19 Miles Austin, Dallas[c]
12 Steve Smith, N.Y. Giants[a]
84 Roddy White, Atlanta[a]
Tight end 85 Vernon Davis, San Francisco 82 Jason Witten, Dallas
Offensive tackle 71 Jason Peters, Philadelphia
74 Bryant McKinnie, Minnesota[j]
78 Jon Stinchcomb, New Orleans[e] 66 David Diehl N.Y. Giants[a][c]
Offensive guard 76 Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota
73 Jahri Evans, New Orleans[e]
70 Leonard Davis, Dallas[c] 76 Chris Snee N.Y. Giants[a]
Center 65 Andre Gurode, Dallas[b] 60 Shaun O'Hara, N.Y. Giants[c] 76 Jonathan Goodwin, New Orleans[a][e]
67 Ryan Kalil, Carolina[a]


Position: Starter(s): Reserve(s): Alternate(s):
Defensive end 69 Jared Allen, Minnesota
90 Julius Peppers, Carolina
58 Trent Cole, Philadelphia
Defensive tackle 93 Kevin Williams, Minnesota[b]
90 Darnell Dockett, Arizona
90 Jay Ratliff, Dallas[c] 94 Justin Smith, San Francisco[a]
Outside linebacker 94 DeMarcus Ware, Dallas
55 Lance Briggs, Chicago[b]
98 Brian Orakpo, Washington[c] 52 Clay Matthews, Green Bay[a]
Inside linebacker 52 Patrick Willis, San Francisco[b] 51 Jonathan Vilma, New Orleans[e] 59 London Fletcher, Washington[a][c]
52 Jon Beason, Carolina[a]
Cornerback 21 Charles Woodson, Green Bay[b]
22 Asante Samuel, Philadelphia
29 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Arizona[b] 26 Antoine Winfield, Minnesota[a][b]
41 Terence Newman, Dallas[a][c][i]
21 Mike Jenkins, Dallas[a]
Free safety 42 Darren Sharper, New Orleans[e] 36 Nick Collins, Green Bay[c] 21 Antrel Rolle, Arizona[a]
Strong safety 24 Adrian Wilson, Arizona[b] 41 Roman Harper, New Orleans[a][e]
27 Quintin Mikell, Philadelphia[a][c]

Special teams

Position: Starter(s): Reserve(s): Alternate(s):
Punter   4 Andy Lee, San Francisco
Placekicker   2 David Akers, Philadelphia
Kick returner 10 DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia[f] 12 Percy Harvin, Minnesota[a][b]
13 Johnny Knox, Chicago[a]
Special teamer 59 Heath Farwell, Minnesota
Long snapper 46 Jon Dorenbos, Philadelphia[d]


bold denotes player who participated in game
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
e Selected but did not play since his team advanced to Super Bowl XLIV
f Jackson was selected at both wide receiver and kick returner; he was replaced at kick returner by Percy Harvin
g Ben Roethlisberger was the first alternate, but declined due to injury[8]
h Carson Palmer was the third alternate, but declined due to injury[9]
i Sheldon Brown was the second alternate, but declined citing personal reasons[10]
j McKinnie did not play in the Pro Bowl due to unexplained absences from practices
k Randy Moss was the first AFC alternate, but did not play citing injury and was replaced.

Number of selections per team

AFC Team Selections NFC Team Selections
Indianapolis Colts 7 Minnesota Vikings 10
New England Patriots 6 Dallas Cowboys 9
San Diego Chargers 6 Philadelphia Eagles 9
Baltimore Ravens 5 New Orleans Saints 7
Denver Broncos 5 Arizona Cardinals 5
Houston Texans 5 San Francisco 49ers 5
New York Jets 5 Carolina Panthers 4
Pittsburgh Steelers 4 Green Bay Packers 4
Tennessee Titans 4 New York Giants 4
Miami Dolphins 3 Chicago Bears 2
Oakland Raiders 3 Washington Redskins 2
Cleveland Browns 2 Atlanta Falcons 1
Jacksonville Jaguars 2 St. Louis Rams 1
Buffalo Bills 1 Detroit Lions 0
Cincinnati Bengals 1 Seattle Seahawks 0
Kansas City Chiefs 0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0


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