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2008 Pro Bowl
2008 NFL Pro Bowl
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1234 Total
AFC 171030 30
NFC 714714 42
DateFebruary 10, 2008
StadiumAloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
MVPAdrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings)
RefereeBill Carollo
Attendance50,044[1]
Ceremonies
National anthemKelly Rowland
Coin tossWill Shields and United States Navy Admiral Timothy J. Keating
TV in the United States
NetworkFox
AnnouncersKenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa, and Brian Baldinger[2]

The 2008 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's all-star game for the 2007 season. It was played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on February 10, 2008. The game was televised in the United States by Fox and began shortly after 11:40am local time (4:40pm EST) following Pole Qualyfiling for 2008 Daytona 500. The NFC won, 42-30, despite a 17-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 CTS in recognition of his efforts.

The starting rosters for the game were released on December 18, 2007, with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady starting for the AFC and the Green Bay Packers' Brett Favre for the NFC. However, Brett Favre withdrew due to an ankle injury. Notable Pro Bowl selections included the late Sean Taylor. The Dallas Cowboys had 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 Garcia of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was 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 Williams decided to pull out of the 2008 Pro Bowl. Brady was replaced by Cleveland Browns quarterback Derek Anderson, Moss was replaced by Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Johnson, Gates was replaced by Browns tight end Kellen Winslow, and Williams was replaced by Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Casey Hampton.[3]

The AFC was coached by Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers staff, while Mike McCarthy and the staff of the Green Bay Packers coached the NFC. Three Washington Redskins players (Chris Cooley, Chris Samuels and Ethan Albright) wore #21 in memory of Taylor, their deceased teammate.[4] The game featured 41 players appearing in their first Pro Bowl (out of 86 total players), the most in eight years.[5] 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.[6] 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 Umenyiora being the lone representative of the New York Giants, winners of Super Bowl XLII.

Scoring summary

Pre-game coin toss

AFC roster

Offense

Defense

Special teams

NFC roster

Offense

Defense

Special teams

Notes:

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 Posthumous selection
f Wore 21 in honor of Sean Taylor
g Replacement for posthumous selection Sean Taylor

Number of selections per team

AFC Team Selections NFC Team Selections
San Diego Chargers 9 Dallas Cowboys 13
New England Patriots 8 Minnesota Vikings 7
Cleveland Browns 6 Seattle Seahawks 6
Indianapolis Colts 6 Green Bay Packers 5
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 Chicago Bears 4
Baltimore Ravens 4 Washington Redskins 4
Tennessee Titans 3 Philadelphia Eagles 3
Buffalo Bills 2 Arizona Cardinals 2
Cincinnati Bengals 2 San Francisco 49ers 2
Denver Broncos 2 New York Giants 1
Kansas City Chiefs 2 St. Louis Rams 1
Houston Texans 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1
Jacksonville Jaguars 1 Atlanta Falcons 0
Miami Dolphins 1 Carolina Panthers 0
Oakland Raiders 1 Detroit Lions 0
New York Jets 0 New Orleans Saints 0

Halftime

The halftime show featured a performance by the band Lifehouse, who played their songs "Hanging by a Moment" and "First Time".

Foreign transmissions

References

  1. ^ NFL.com. "2008 Pro Bowl Gamebook" (PDF). Retrieved .
  2. ^ Maffei, John (2008-02-08). "Davis focuses on job with ESPN". North County Times. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Judge: Vick can keep bonus". Associated Press. 2008-02-05. Archived from the original on February 10, 2008. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Sakamoto, Kyle (2008-02-08). "Redskins to honor fallen teammate". The Honolulu Advertiser website. Archived from the original on 14 February 2008. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Jaymes Song (2008-02-09). "Fred Taylor among 41 Pro Bowl 'rookies'". Associated Press. Retrieved .[dead link]
  6. ^ "Pro Bowl draws highest ratings since 2000". Associated Press. 2008-02-12. Retrieved .

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