How Well Do You Know These NFL Pro Bowl Players?



By: John Miller

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

At the conclusion of each NFL season, there are a lot of awards that make the rounds. The Pro Bowl is one way the league recognizes the best players of the year, in effect creating an MVP game that highlights the immense talents in pro football (and giving the league a little more time in the spotlight, too). Do you really know anything about the Pro Bowl-caliber players spotlighted in our quiz?

The game, which has been played since 1970, has featured some of the finest athletes ever to wear NFL uniforms. Their names read like a list of Hall of Fame candidates: Joe Montana, Jim Kelly, Barry Sanders, Lawrence Taylor, Ronnie Lott. They were never just football players, they were celebrities, too. Do you recall their crazy on-field performances and amazing victories?

Sure, sometimes the Pro Bowl game itself gets a bad rap with fans. After all, the players don’t really know each other and none of them want to get hurt in a meaningless contest. But the honor of being selected for the Pro bowl is a feat in and of itself.

In our Pro Bowl players quiz, we’ll see if you know the gritty gridiron heroes who survived the seasons and emerged as stars. Line up in the shotgun, take the snap, and name these famous Pro Bowlers!

How are players selected to the Pro Bowl?

The Pro Bowl selection format has changed over the years. The current system selects players using votes from coaches, players and fans.


How many times was 49ers quarterback Joe Montana named to the Pro Bowl?

In the ‘80s, there was no quarterback quite like Montana. During his reign in San Francisco (and later, Kansas City), he earned eight Pro Bowl nods.


Who was the defensive MVP of the 2017 Pro Bowl?

In the 2017 Pro Bowl, Denver linebacker Von Miller stole the show. He was the game’s MVP, helping the AFC to a 24-23 victory.


“Mean" Joe Greene was an extraordinary defensive tackle who made it to 10 Pro Bowls. Which team did he play for?

Greene was known for being a hard-hitting guy on the field and very nice man in public. With the Steelers, he made it to 10 Pro Bowls.


True or false, did QB Terry Bradshaw have more Super Bowl wins than Pro Bowl selections?

It’s a little bizarre, but true, Bradshaw had four Super Bowl wins and just three Pro Bowl seasons. We’re guessing he’ll take the Lombardi Trophy over Pro Bowls every time.


Travis Kelce was the offensive MVP of the 2016 Pro Bowl. What position does he play?

Kelce is the ultra-talented tight end from Kansas City who ran wild at the 2016 Pro Bowl. Drafted in 2013, he’s already a three-time Pro Bowler.


True or false, was Lions running back Barry Sanders selected to Pro Bowl in every season of his career?

From 1989 to 1998, Sanders was one of the best running backs in the game. He was a 10-time Pro Bowler, selected to the game every season of his career.


As of 2018, who has more Pro Bowl selections than any other ACTIVE player?

Brady, the star QB of the Patriots, is almost always a shoo-in for the Pro Bowl. Since joining the league, he’s been picked 13 times, more than any other active player.


Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was drafted in 2005. Since then, he’s been picked for the Pro Bowl how many times?

Rodgers is often regarded as one of the best QBs ever to play the game. He rode the bench behind Brett Favre for a while, but he’s since earned six Pro Bowl selections.


True or false, does Aaron Rodgers have more Pro Bowls under his belt than Brett Favre?

One day Rodgers may exceed Favre’s Pro Bowl total. But for now, Favre’s 11 are better than Rodgers’ six.


What’s the record for Pro Bowl appearances?

It’s next to impossible to even stay in the league for 14 years, but to become a 14-time Pro Bowler is even more amazing. Four players are tied for that record.


Which of the following players is NOT one of the four who are tied for most Pro Bowl appearances (14)?

Emmitt Smith clearly had an incredible NFL career. But he made it to "only" eight Pro Bowls, not 14.


Which player IS one of the four tied for most Pro Bowl appearances?

For 14 consecutive years — a Pro Bowl record — defensive tackle Merlin Olsen was picked for the game. Olsen later gained fame as a regular actor on the TV show "Little House on the Prairie."


Anthony Munoz might be the greatest offensive lineman in NFL history. How many times was he named to Pro Bowl?

Munoz was a vital anchor for the Bengals line in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and everyone recognized his importance. He made it to 11 Pro Bowls.


Lawrence Taylor was a Pro Bowl-caliber _____ who played for the Giants in the ‘80s.

Taylor, known as "L.T.," was a vicious linebacker for the Giants. He was a 10-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl champ.


Which Denver quarterback was selected to nine Pro Bowls?

John Elway is Denver’s most-celebrated sports star. He made it to nine Pro Bowls, but more importantly, he brought home two Super Bowl titles.


True or false, was QB Peyton Manning selected to 14 Pro Bowls?

Broken neck? What broken neck? In spite of a wonky neck, Manning was indeed picked to 14 Pro Bowls, tying him for the all-time record.


Which 13-time Pro Bowl player was known as the "Minister of Defense"?

Reggie White is second all-time in sacks, but he was named to 13 Pro Bowls. As a defensive star and ordained minister, he was the "Minister of Defense."


He was a nine-time Pro Bowler and played his whole career as a running back with the Browns. Who is he?

Jim Brown wasn’t just a running back — he was a sports sensation and celebrity, one who was just as successful in Hollywood as he was on the gridiron.


True or false, did QB Steve Young make all of his Pro Bowl appearances while he was with San Francisco?

Young made it to seven Pro Bowls in his career, which started in Tampa Bay. But all of his Pro Bowls came during his time with the 49ers.


Bruce Matthews was named to 14 Pro Bowls. What position did he play?

Matthews was a versatile and talented offensive lineman who played for the Houston Oilers (and Tennessee Titans). He’s regarded as one of the finest linemen of all time.


Ronnie Lott was a Pro Bowl defensive back who started his career with which team?

Lott was a safety and cornerback during the heady ‘80s dynasty in San Francisco. He was a 10-time Pro Bowler.


Dick Butkus was a legendary linebacker who was named to eight Pro Bowls in the ‘60s and ‘70s. In what round was he drafted?

Butkus was a star in the making coming out of Illinois. The Bears took him with the third pick of the first round and never looked back, as he made the Pro Bowl eight times.


Walter Payton was known as "Sweetness," and as a star _____, he made the Pro Bowl nine times.

Payton, or just "Sweetness," is still sometimes called one of the best running backs ever. He made the Pro Bowl nine times during his career with the Bears.


WR Jerry Rice was named to 13 Pro Bowls. Was he ever named league MVP?

Rice is often called the best player ever to lace cleats in the NFL. Thirteen times he made the Pro Bowl, and three times he won the Super Bowl ... but he was never named MVP.


John "Hog" Hannah was a phenomenal Patriots offensive lineman in the ‘70s and ‘80s. He made the Pro Bowl how many times?

In the '70s and '80s, "Hog" Hannah was an extraordinary nine-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman for the Patriots. He's often mentioned in the same breath as Anthony Munoz, who is hailed as the best lineman ever.


Jim Kelly was a star QB and five-time Pro Bowl player for _____.

Kelly led the Buffalo Bills on their dominant tear in the ‘90s. Four straight times, he took the Bills to the playoffs, and four times they lost.


Jack Lambert was a brutal linebacker who made the Pro Bowl nine times while playing with _____.

In the ‘70s and ‘80s, Lambert was an angry-looking linebacker with the Steelers, where he won four Super Bowls and was named a Pro Bowler nine times.


Before he won Super Bowl LII over the Patriots, how many times had Eagles QB Nick Foles been picked as a Pro Bowler?

Foles trumped Tom Brady in the Super Bowl, finally earning a bit of respect around the league. Just once — in 2013 — was he named to the Pro Bowl.


QB Dan Marino might be the best player never to win a Super Bowl. Where did he play his entire career?

Marino played his spectacular career in Miami and went to one Super Bowl, which he lost. But, hey, he was named to the Pro Bowl nine times!


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