The National Football League first
played an All-Star Game on January 15, 1939 in Los Angeles.
Today, this game is officially known as the AFC-NFC Pro
Bowl. The game has traditionally been the final game of the NFL season annually. The
Pro Bowl was been played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii from 1980
to 2009. The 2010 game was moved to South Florida for one
year and played the week before the Super Bowl. In the early years, the event was held as a charity contest
with very low payments to the winning and losing players.
The first All-Star Game was between the 1938 NFL champions,
the New York Giants, and a team of all-stars assembled from the other
NFL teams plus players from two independent west coast teams, the Los
Angeles Bulldogs and the Hollywood Stars. In the 1930's, west coast
leagues were formed, but failed. The first game was played at
Wrigley Field in South-Central Los Angeles. The stadium was owned
by William Wrigley of bubble-gum fame and was an exact replica of the
more famous Chicago stadium. The game was played following the
regular season for 5 years through 1942, with an all-NFL All-Star team
providing the opposition to the league champion over the next four
seasons. It was moved to the east coast in 1942 due to concerns
over the war in the Pacific. The event was cancelled after the game at
the close of the 1942 season.
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margin to take a stroll through the rich history of the Pro Bowl.
The game has featured the greatest NFL players for over 70 years.
The photos and historical information in the Pro Bowl pages of this website are the properties of their respective owners and not intended for distribution. The site is intended for educational use. The data is comprised of the website developers private collection of photos and articles privately collected since 1968. Sources include The Sporting News, Associated Press, United Press International and the NFL.