Now is your chance to see the best of the best as the 2010 Pro Bowl is played right here in South Florida. The NFL's All-Star Game is being held at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, January 31, 2010, the week before Super Bowl XLIV. It's the first time in 30 years the Pro Bowl is played outside of Hawaii, and it's the first time in 35 years since it's been in South Florida.
Fans will have the opportunity to see 86 of the NFL's brightest stars who will descend upon South Florida to help kick off the most-anticipated week in sports leading into the Super Bowl. Prior to the game, ticketholders will be able to check out the new free NFL Gameday Fan Plaza, the NFL's festival area at Sun Life Stadium that also will be open on Super Bowl Sunday.
NFL Gameday Fan Plaza will feature musical acts, player appearances and autograph opportunities, the largest assortment of NFL merchandise, and refreshments. The national championships of the NFL's FLAG Tournament of Champions also will take place on a specially designed turf field in the heart of Gameday Fan Plaza on Pro Bowl Sunday preceding the game.
The Pro Bowl had been played annually since 1980 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii the week following the Super Bowl. The Pro Bowl will return to Hawaii for the 2011 and 2012 games. The 2010 Pro Bowl will be the first played prior to the Super Bowl and only the second Pro Bowl played in the same city as the Super Bowl. The Los Angeles Coliseum hosted the first Super Bowl on January 15, 1967 and the Pro Bowl the following week.
LARRY FITZGERALD of the Arizona Cardinals was last year's Pro Bowl MVP. Fitzgerald caught two touchdown passes, including the go-ahead score with 4:03 remaining, as the NFC rallied to defeat the AFC, 30-21, in front of a sold-out crowd at Aloha Stadium. The Vikings' ADRIAN PETERSON led the NFC in rushing with 48 yards on 8 carries and one touchdown. ELI (New York Giants) and PEYTON MANNING (Indianapolis Colts) were the first brother quarterbacks to play against each other in the Pro Bowl. Eli completed 8 of 14 passes for 111 yards and one touchdown. Peyton was 12 of 17 for 151 yards and one touchdown. The AFC and NFC squads are each comprised of 42 players with 21 offensive and 17 defensive players plus four specialists. A 43rd "need" player will be chosen by the head coach and must be a cornerback, defensive end, linebacker or long snapper. The coaching staffs of the losing teams in the AFC and NFC Divisional playoffs with the best regular season record will serve as the coaching staffs of the AFC and NFC teams.
The Fan Plaza, a new fan-focused area adjacent to Sun Life Stadium, will be open from Pro Bowl Sunday through Super Bowl XLIV. On Pro Bowl Sunday, the Fan Plaza will be free to the public and open to ticket holders and non-ticket holders. Additional operating hours for the week between the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIV will be announced