|Date||February 10, 2008|
|Stadium||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii|
|MVP||Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings)|
|National anthem||Kelly Rowland|
|Coin toss||Will Shields and United States Navy Admiral Timothy J. Keating|
|TV in the United States|
|Announcers||Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa, and Brian Baldinger|
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 Qualifying 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.) This was the first occasion since their 1–15 1980 season that the New Orleans Saints had no player make the Pro Bowl.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. The game featured 41 players appearing in their first Pro Bowl (out of 86 total players), the most in eight years. In addition, the NFC played their first defensive play with only ten players on the field, lacking a free safety, in Taylor's honor.
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.
The game was the most watched Pro Bowl since 2000, pulling in a Nielsen rating of 6.3 and a 12 share.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.
|Quarterback||12 Tom Brady, New England [b]||18 Peyton Manning , Indianapolis [c] |
7 Ben Roethlisberger , Pittsburgh
|3 Derek Anderson , Cleveland [a]|
|Running back||21 LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego [b]||29 Joseph Addai , Indianapolis [c] |
39 Willie Parker, Pittsburgh [b]
|28 Fred Taylor , Jacksonville [a] |
23 Willis McGahee , Baltimore [a]
|Fullback||41 Lorenzo Neal , San Diego|
|Wide receiver||81 Randy Moss, New England [b] |
87 Reggie Wayne , Indianapolis
|17 Braylon Edwards , Cleveland [c] |
84 T.J. Houshmandzadeh , Cincinnati
|85 Chad Johnson , Cincinnati [a]|
|Tight end||85 Antonio Gates, San Diego [b]||88 Tony Gonzalez , Kansas City [c]||80 Kellen Winslow II, Cleveland [a]|
|Offensive tackle||72 Matt Light , New England |
71 Jason Peters, Buffalo [b]
|75 Jonathan Ogden, Baltimore [b]||73 Joe Thomas , Cleveland [a] [c] |
73 Marcus McNeill , San Diego [a]
|Offensive guard||66 Alan Faneca , Pittsburgh |
70 Logan Mankins , New England
|68 Kris Dielman , San Diego|
|Center||63 Jeff Saturday , Indianapolis||67 Dan Koppen , New England|
|Defensive end||69 Jared Allen , Kansas City |
93 Kyle Vanden Bosch , Tennessee
|99 Jason Taylor, Miami [b]||94 Aaron Schobel , Buffalo [a]|
|Defensive tackle||92 Albert Haynesworth , Tennessee |
75 Vince Wilfork , New England
|76 Jamal Williams, San Diego [b]||98 Casey Hampton , Pittsburgh [a]|
|Outside linebacker||92 James Harrison , Pittsburgh |
50 Mike Vrabel , New England
|56 Shawne Merriman , San Diego|
|Inside linebacker||59 DeMeco Ryans , Houston||52 Ray Lewis , Baltimore|
|Cornerback||24 Champ Bailey , Denver |
22 Asante Samuel , New England
|31 Antonio Cromartie , San Diego|
|Free safety||20 Ed Reed , Baltimore|
|Strong safety||21 Bob Sanders, Indianapolis [b]||43 Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh [b]||47 John Lynch , Denver [a] [c] |
41 Antoine Bethea , Indianapolis [a]
|Punter||9 Shane Lechler , Oakland|
|Placekicker||2 Rob Bironas , Tennessee|
|Kick returner||16 Joshua Cribbs , Cleveland|
|Special teamer||81 Kassim Osgood , San Diego|
|Long snapper||64 Ryan Pontbriand , Cleveland [d]|
|Quarterback||4 Brett Favre, Green Bay [b]|| 9 Tony Romo , Dallas [c] |
8 Matt Hasselbeck , Seattle
|7 Jeff Garcia , Tampa Bay [a]|
|Running back||28 Adrian Peterson , Minnesota||24 Marion Barber III , Dallas |
36 Brian Westbrook , Philadelphia
|Fullback||49 Tony Richardson , Minnesota|
|Wide receiver||11 Larry Fitzgerald , Arizona |
81 Terrell Owens , Dallas
|80 Donald Driver , Green Bay |
81 Torry Holt , St. Louis
|Tight end||82 Jason Witten , Dallas||47 Chris Cooley , Washington [f]|
|Offensive tackle||76 Flozell Adams , Dallas |
71 Walter Jones, Seattle [b]
|60 Chris Samuels , Washington [c] [f]||76 Chad Clifton , Green Bay [a]|
|Offensive guard||70 Leonard Davis , Dallas |
76 Steve Hutchinson , Minnesota
|73 Shawn Andrews , Philadelphia|
|Center||65 Andre Gurode , Dallas||78 Matt Birk , Minnesota|
|Defensive end||74 Aaron Kampman , Green Bay |
97 Patrick Kerney, Seattle [b]
|72 Osi Umenyiora , N.Y. Giants [c]||58 Trent Cole , Philadelphia [a]|
|Defensive tackle||93 Kevin Williams , Minnesota |
94 Pat Williams , Minnesota
|91 Tommie Harris, Chicago [b]||90 Darnell Dockett , Arizona [a]|
|Outside linebacker||59 Julian Peterson , Seattle |
94 DeMarcus Ware , Dallas
|55 Lance Briggs, Chicago [b]||98 Greg Ellis , Dallas [a]|
|Inside linebacker||51 Lofa Tatupu , Seattle||52 Patrick Willis , San Francisco|
|Cornerback||31 Al Harris , Green Bay |
23 Marcus Trufant, Seattle
|41 Terence Newman , Dallas|
|Free safety||21 Sean Taylor, Washington [e]||26 Ken Hamlin , Dallas [c]|
|Strong safety||42 Darren Sharper , Minnesota||31 Roy Williams , Dallas [g]|
|Punter||4 Andy Lee , San Francisco|
|Placekicker||6 Nick Folk , Dallas|
|Kick returner||23 Devin Hester , Chicago|
|Special teamer||94 Brendon Ayanbadejo , Chicago|
|Long snapper||67 Ethan Albright , Washington [d] [f]|
|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|
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