1981 Pro Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
AFC 0 7 0 0


NFC 3 6 0 12


Date February 1, 1981
Stadium Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
MVP Eddie Murray (Detroit Lions)
National anthem
Coin toss
Referee Gordon McCarter
Attendance 50,360
Network ABC
Announcers Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell, Fran Tarkenton & Lynn Swann
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The 1981 Pro Bowl was the NFL's 31st annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1980 season. The game was played on Sunday, February 1, 1981, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The final score was NFC 21, AFC 7.[1]

Sam Rutigliano of the Cleveland Browns led the AFC team against an NFC team coached by Atlanta Falcons head coach Leeman Bennett.[1] The referee was Gordon McCarter.[1]

Rookie placekicker Eddie Murray of the Detroit Lions was named the game's Most Valuable Player.[2]

Players on the winning NFC team received $5,000 apiece while the AFC participants each took home $2,500.[3] The game was the first NFL game ever played in the month of February.[citation needed]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "1981 Pro Bowl game book" (PDF). NFL Game Statistics & Information. National Football League. Archived from the original on January 30, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
  2. "NFC Clobbers AFC in Pro Bowl". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. AP: p. 20. February 2, 1981. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  3. "NFL Pro Bowl history". Archived from the original on January 16, 2012. Retrieved January 16, 2012.

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