- 2008 Pro Bowl
Infobox Pro Bowl
February 10, 2008
San Diego Chargers
Green Bay Packers
Will Shieldsand United States NavyAdmiral Timothy J. Keating
attendance=50,044 [cite web| url=http://www.nfl.com/liveupdate/gamecenter/29527/NFC_Gamebook.pdf|title=2008 Pro Bowl Gamebook |author=NFL.com|accessdate=2008-02-10]
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusaand Brian Baldingercite news
url = http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2008/02/08/sports/maffei/22_09_122_7_08.txt
title = Davis focuses on job with ESPN
author = Maffei, John
publisher = "
North County Times"
date = 2008-02-08
accessdate = 2008-02-10] The 2008 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was the NFL's
all-star gamefor the 2007 season. It was played at Aloha Stadiumin Honolulu, Hawaiion February 10, 2008. The game was televised in the United Statesby FOX and began shortly after 11:40am local time (4:40pm EST). The NFC won, 42–30, despite a 6-point first half AFC lead. NFC running back Adrian Peterson rushed 16 times for 129 yards and was named the game's MVP, winning a Cadillac CTSin recognition of his efforts.
The starting rosters for the game were released on
December 18 2007, with New England Patriotsquarterback Tom Bradystarting for the AFC and the Green Bay Packers' Brett Favrefor the NFC. However, Brett Favre withdrew due to an ankle injury. Notable Pro Bowlselections included the late Sean Taylor. The Dallas Cowboyshad a record thirteen players named to the Pro Bowl roster, while five teams, including all four members of the NFC South, had no players initially named ( Jeff Garciaof the Tampa Bay Buccaneerswas later chosen as a replacement quarterback for Brett Favre.) On February 4, 2008, Brady, Patriots receiver Randy Moss, Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, and Chargers defensive lineman Jamal Williamsdecided to pull out of the 2008 Pro Bowl. Brady was replaced by Cleveland Brownsquarterback Derek Anderson, Moss was replaced by Cincinnati Bengalsreceiver Chad Ocho Cinco, Gates was replaced by Browns tight end Kellen Winslow, and Williams was replaced by Pittsburgh Steelersdefensive lineman Casey Hampton.cite news | url=http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/776577,CST-SPT-nflnt05.article | title=Judge: Vick can keep bonus | publisher = Associated Press| date = 2008-02-05| accessdate = 2008-02-09]
The AFC was coached by
Norv Turnerof the San Diego Chargersstaff, while Mike McCarthyand the staff of the Green Bay Packerscoached the NFC. Three Washington Redskinsplayers ( Chris Cooley, Chris Samuelsand Ethan Albright) wore #21 in memory of Taylor, their deceased teammate.cite news
url = http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080208/SPORTS04/802080385/1049/SPORTS04
title = Redskins to honor fallen teammate
author = Sakamoto, Kyle
publisher = "
The Honolulu Advertiser"
date = 2008-02-08
accessdate = 2008-02-09] The game featured 41 players appearing in their first Pro Bowl (out of 86 total players), the most in eight years.cite news | url=http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/F/FBN_PRO_BOWL_FIRST_TIMERS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT | title=Fred Taylor among 41 Pro Bowl 'rookies' | publisher =
Associated Press| author = Jaymes Song | date = 2008-02-09 | accessdate = 2008-02-09] In addition, the NFC played their first defensive play with only ten players on the field, lacking a free safety, in Taylor's honor.
The game was the most watched Pro Bowl since 2000, pulling in a Nielsen rating of 6.3 and a 12 share.cite news | url= http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/2008-02-12-1475841532_x.htm | title=Pro Bowl draws highest ratings since 2000 | publisher =
Associated Press| date = 2008-02-12 | accessdate = 2008-02-13] It also marked the first ever Pro Bowl to be televised by FOX. The 2008 Pro Bowl also marked the fewest players represented by a Super Bowl winning team, with Osi Umenyiorabeing the lone representative of the New York Giants, winners of Super Bowl XLII.
NFC 42, AFC 30"at
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii"
*Game time: 11:41 am local time (4:41 pm EST) *Game weather: Partly cloudy
*TV announcers (
FOX): Kenny Albert(play-by-play), Daryl Johnston(color commentator), Tony Siragusaand Brian Baldinger(sideline reporters)
Lorenzo Neal1 yard run ( Rob Bironaskick), 10:59. "AFC 7–0. Drive: 7 plays, 70 yards, 4:01."
Larry Fitzgerald6 yard pass from Tony Romo( Nick Folkkick), 7:08. "Tied 7–7. Drive: 9 plays, 54 yards, 3:51."
**AFC – T.J. Houshmandzadeh 16 yard pass from
Peyton Manning( Rob Bironaskick), 2:42. "AFC 14–7. Drive: 9 plays, 58 yards, 4:26."
Rob Bironas33 yard FG, 0:48. "AFC 17–7. Drive: 5 plays, 14 yards, 1:41."
**AFC – T.J. Houshmandzadeh 1 yard pass from
Ben Roethlisberger( Rob Bironaskick), 12:08. "AFC 24–7. Drive: 4 plays, 29 yards, 1:48."
Terrell Owens6 yard pass from Tony Romo( Nick Folkkick), 7:58. "AFC 24–14. Drive: 8 plays, 51 yards, 4:10."
Rob Bironas48 yard FG, 3:30. "AFC 27–14. Drive: 9 plays, 51 yards, 4:28."
Chris Cooley17 yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck( Nick Folkkick), 0:28. "AFC 27–21. Drive: 6 plays, 77 yards, 3:02."
**NFC – Adrian Peterson 17 yard run (
Nick Folkkick), 9:49. "NFC 28–27. Drive: 9 plays, 67 yards, 5:11."
Rob Bironas28 yard FG, 6:58. "AFC 30–28. Drive: 6 plays, 56 yards, 2:51."
Terrell Owens6 yard pass from Jeff Garcia( Nick Folkkick), 12:29. "NFC 35–30. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 5:46."
**NFC – Adrian Peterson 6 yard run (
Nick Folkkick), 2:43. "NFC 42–30. Drive: 9 plays, 73 yards, 5:21."
Notes::note label|replacement|a|aReplacement selection due to injury or vacancy:note label|injury|b|bInjured player; selected but did not play:note label|posthumous|c|cPosthumous selection
Number of selections by team
San Diego Chargers
New England Patriots
Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers
Green Bay Packers
Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins
Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans
Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers
Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets
United Kingdom– Sky Sports
Middle East– Showsports 4
* [http://www.nfl.com/probowl Official Pro Bowl website at NFL.com]
* [http://www.kauaiworld.com/articles/2008/02/24/business/bus02.txt Article examining the 2008 Pro Bowl's effect on Hawaii's tourism]
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