West 35

East 31

 

January 15, 1961

 

LOS ANGELES (AP)- Johnny Unitas, barely stealing the show from the retiring Norm Van Brocklin, hit Lennie Moore on two long and decisive pass plays Sunday as the West defeated the East 35-31 in the Pro Bowl.

 

Unitas, voted the most valuable player of this annual National Football league all-star event for the second straight year, passed for 218 yards and helped set up the West's final touchdown with a 25-yard run.

 

The game drew a crowd of 62,971 in balmy, 85-degree weather. Unitas threw one 44-yard scoring pass to Moore, his Baltimore teammate, and hit the mercurial halfback again on a 66-yarder that put the West in position for another score.

 

But Van Brocklin, who quarterbacked Philadelphia to the 1960 NFL championship, hardly finished his magnificent 11-year pro career in disgrace.

 

The Dutchman, who has said repeatedly this would be his last game, tied a Pro Bowl record by pitching three touchdown passes. Altogether, Van Brocklin threw for 288 yards, completing 17 of 38.

 

Jim Taylor, Green Bay's driving fullback tied a Pro Bowl record by scoring three touchdowns, all on runs of two yards or less.

 

Van Brocklin's targets on his touchdown pitches were Tommy McConald and Pete Rezlaff, both of Philadelphia, and Sonny Randle of St. Louis. The plays were good for 46, 43 and 36 yards in that order.

 

Cleveland quarterback Milt Plum got off the East's longest scoring throw when he hit Randle with a 51-yarder.

 

Green Bay's Paul Hornung, who broke an all time NFL record last season by scoring 176 points, suffered an injury late in the second period and came in after that only to place kick. It appeared to be his right arm that was hurt.

 

The West scored in a 67-yard drive the first time it got the ball. Unitas, relying on the running of halfback Jon Arnett of Los Angeles- and fullback Taylor of Green Bay, threw only two passes in the series and completed one, a 17-yarder to Arnett. Taylor sliced over from the 2 for the touchdown.

 

Bobby Walston booted a 22-yard field goal for the East late in the opening period after Unitas got caught in a heavy rush and threw a wobbly pass that John Reger of Pittsburgh intercepted on the East 47. He carried it to the West. 18.

 

Unitas got off his 66-yard scoring throw to Moore early in the second quarter. Moore, running a slant pattern from right to left, was nearly nailed by Jim Hill of St. Louis as be caught the ball, but broke away to the right and dashed down the sideline to the 1. Taylor took the ball over from there and Hornung's kick made it 14-3.

 

Plum, who had taken over for Van Brocklin at the start of the second period, got the East its first touchdown when he made connections with Randle on a five yard pass play. Randle won a scramble for the ball with Ed Meador of Los Angeles at the goalline.

 

Van Brocklin and teammate McDonald got together on a 46-yard scoring pass late in the period, McDonald running a down-and-in pattern and taking the ball with no one near him.

 

But, with only 40 left in the half, Unitas and Moore united again on a pass good for 44 yards and a touchdown. Bob Toneff of Washington, red-dogged on the play, hurled himself at Unitas. But, the quick-footed quarterback eluded him and got the ball away perfectly.

 

The West pulled farther ahead 28-17, with a 76-yard drive early in the third period. Taylor made the key gain, running 28 yards on a pitchout play, and dived over from the one for his third touchdown.

 

But the East responded quickly, scoring on Van Brocklin's 43-yard throw to Retzlaff.

 

Arnett scored the West's final touchdown on a 20-yard dash in the fourth period after Unitas had set up the play with a 25-yard run.

 

Van Brocklin again brought the East to within four points of the leaders, with his 36-yard scoring pass to Randle.

 

Jim Brown of the East is hammered by Bill Forester of the Packers.

 

Philadelphia's Norm Van Brocklin delivers pass to Clevland's Jim Brown.

 

The Rams' Joe Arnett of the West takes handoff from Johnny Unitas of Baltimore.

 

Raymond Berry featured on a magazine annula in photo from the game.

 

Source: The Sporting News

 

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