January 13, 1963
"I had a good day because Coach Allie Sherman knows how to get a lot out of a man," said player-of-the-game, Jimmy Brown who set a new Pro Bowl yardage record of 141 yards in leading the East to a 30-20 football triumph over the West Sunday.
"I have played for Sherman twice, and I felt like playing both times," explained Brown, who thrilled 61,374 in the Coliseum with his driving, speedy running, "If played happy and loose. He pats you on the back and tells you so when you do something good. That's why Sherman. is a great guy to play for."
Brown was asked if this confidence-building coaching message was missing the past autumn when he performed for recently-fired Paul Brown of the Cleveland Browns. Player Brown replied, "I didn't see any evidence of it at Cleveland."
Sherman repaid hard-running Jimmy Brown a compliment after yesterday's East victory was in the books. He called his star "the greatest." Sherman complimented his squad for hitting hard, battling all the way and finally cracking the West by forcing fumbles that put the game on ice.
"When you are working and moving, you're always around the ball," explained Sherman in explaining the five East recoveries of six West bobbles.
Coach Vince Lombardi, who won everything this campaign as coach of the championship Green Bay Packers only to see his arch rival, Sherman, get some sweet revenge yesterday, hollowed, "My team didn't get beat- we beat ourselves."
The East look a 13-0 lead on two Brown touchdowns, the latter a spectacular 50-yard blast, then fell behind 20-13 in a third period West recovery, only to have what it takes for' a great finish and victory.
With the score tied 20-20, the East gained possession twice after West fumbles and took advantage of the opportunity by scoring a field goal and touchdown within 18 seconds with four minutes to play.
The victory points were a 27-yard field goal by Lou Michaels after lineman-of-the-game Daddy Lipscomb recovered a Johnny Unitas fumble when savage Jim Katcavage red-dogged the West quarterback, and a 20-yard touchdown run by Don Bishop who scooped up a fumble by Abe Woodson who was jolted by Bob Gain while returning the ensuing kickoff.
The ever-poised and capable Y. A. Tittle, quarterback leader of the East, awarded the game ball to regular-season rival Bishop on behalf of the squad, saying, "Good going, Bishop. Just don't make a habit of doing this."
The 288-pound Lipscomb, a man-mountain of strength in the East defensive line, explained he came to life in the Pro Bowl "because I read somewhere that I was getting too old and fat to move, and I wanted to show this wasn't true." (video)
Lipscomb fell asleep during a civic luncheon Thursday, but he was wide awake yesterday.
"We beat 'em because we hit," he said. Lipscomb, Katcavage, Gain and others smacked as though they were playing for a championship involving thousands of dollars, instead of a $800 winner's purse per man. The six West fumbles are evidence of this hitting.
In fact, the tempo of contact and the expressions of emotion after the struggle indicates this exhibition game is a serious all-out endeavor for these professionals a visual tribute of the pride of the National Football League talent. The elation of coach Sherman and the dejection of coach Lombardi was much more intense than one would suspect possible for an anti-climactic Jan. 13 all star game.
Let us say Messers Sherman and Lombardi have built up a rivalry that will keep the NFL fires burning through many a coming campaign.
In addition to losing the ball five times on fumbles, the West did substantiate Lombardi's contention "we beat ourselves" by dropping two cinch touchdown forward passes with men absolutely in the clear.
A Woodson fumble of an early punt on the West’s 26-yard line led to the opening East touchdown. Brown’s hard running set the stage for his final one yard blast at 4:06.
On a trap play, Brown broke off his own left guard for 50 yards and another touchdown at 11:33.
The West's Gall Cogdill and Ron Kramer dropped touchdown-bound passes in the clear to make the 13-0 West deficit even more disheartening when Tommy Davis kicked a mighty 48-yard field goal to cut the score down to 13-3 at halftime.
The West defense, led by Alex Karras, put the clamps on the East attack in the third quarter and the West rolled to two touchdowns and a field goal during the period for a 20-13 lead.
Los Angeles Rams had a big part in this uprising. Unitas set up the first one with an 18-yard pass to Cogdill and a brilliant 34-yard play to the Rams' Red Phillips plus a 22-yard down-the-middle shot by J. D Smith. Ferocious little Dick Bass of the Rams scored from-the one.
Davis kicked a 32 yard field goal, then a Unitas to Cogdill aerial spectacular was good for 87 yards setting up a Unitas to Mike Ditka pass for the score that made it 20-13, West.
"It was here that my team showed its spirit and determination by hanging in there and fighting back through hard hitting," said Sherman.
This the East did, led by mammoth Daddy Lipscomb who responded to his victory alarm clock with rush after rush that jolted the East fumbles and led to the game-ending points.
By no means least important in this resurgence was a 33-yard end run by Brown that set up a 19-yard Tittle to Preston Carpenter touchdown pass for the 20-20 tie as the fourth quarter opened.
The Giants' Y.A. Tittle led the East for Coach Sherman.
Gino Marchetti (83) of Baltimore and the West.