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Last weekend, we looked at the team with the most Pro Bowlers to win a championship. Today, we look at the reverse: the team with the fewest Pro Bowlers to win it all.

As a technical matter, the Pro Bowl hasn’t always been around, so some pre-1950 teams and the 1960 Oilers (there was no Pro Bowl in the AFL’s first season) had zero Pro Bowlers. But only one team has had exactly one Pro Bowler and won the title. Here are some hints:

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Four other Super Bowl champs — the ’08 Steelers, ’03 Patriots, Washington in 1987 and Baltimore in 1970 — had three Pro Bowlers. The table below shows the Pro Bowlers for each team that’s won a championship since 1950.1

YearTeam#Pro Bowlers
2013SEA6Richard Sherman; Russell Wilson; Earl Thomas; Marshawn Lynch; Kam Chancellor; Max Unger
2012BAL6Haloti Ngata; Ray Rice; Ed Reed; Marshal Yanda; Jacoby Jones; Vonta Leach
2011NYG2Eli Manning; Jason Pierre-Paul
2010GNB6Clay Matthews; Charles Woodson; Greg Jennings; Chad Clifton; Nick Collins; Tramon Williams
2009NOR7Jahri Evans; Drew Brees; Darren Sharper; Jon Stinchcomb; Jonathan Goodwin; Jonathan Vilma; Roman Harper
2008PIT3James Harrison; Troy Polamalu; James Farrior
2007NYG1Osi Umenyiora
2006IND5Peyton Manning; Jeff Saturday; Reggie Wayne; Marvin Harrison; Tarik Glenn
2005PIT5Alan Faneca; Joey Porter; Troy Polamalu; Jeff Hartings; Casey Hampton
2004NWE6Tom Brady; Corey Dillon; Richard Seymour; Tedy Bruschi; Adam Vinatieri; Larry Izzo
2003NWE3Ty Law; Richard Seymour; Willie McGinest
2002TAM7Derrick Brooks; Simeon Rice; Warren Sapp; John Lynch; Shelton Quarles; Brad Johnson; Mike Alstott
2001NWE4Troy Brown; Tom Brady; Ty Law; Lawyer Milloy
2000BAL5Ray Lewis; Rod Woodson; Sam Adams; Jonathan Ogden; Matt Stover
1999STL6Marshall Faulk; Kurt Warner; Kevin Carter; Orlando Pace; Todd Lyght; Isaac Bruce
1998DEN10Terrell Davis; John Elway; Ed McCaffrey; Mark Schlereth; Tony Jones; Tom Nalen; Bill Romanowski; Shannon Sharpe; Steve Atwater; Jason Elam
1997DEN5Terrell Davis; John Elway; Shannon Sharpe; Tom Nalen; Neil Smith
1996GNB5Reggie White; LeRoy Butler; Brett Favre; Frank Winters; Keith Jackson
1995DAL10Emmitt Smith; Michael Irvin; Nate Newton; Troy Aikman; Larry Allen; Darren Woodson; Mark Tuinei; Jay Novacek; Ray Donaldson; Charles Haley
1994SFO10Steve Young; Jerry Rice; Ricky Watters; Deion Sanders; Bart Oates; Jesse Sapolu; Merton Hanks; Dana Stubblefield; Brent Jones; Tim McDonald
1993DAL11Emmitt Smith; Michael Irvin; Troy Aikman; Erik Williams; Ken Norton; Nate Newton; Russell Maryland; Mark Stepnoski; Thomas Everett; Jay Novacek; Daryl Johnston
1992DAL6Emmitt Smith; Michael Irvin; Troy Aikman; Mark Stepnoski; Nate Newton; Jay Novacek
1991WAS8Jim Lachey; Darrell Green; Gary Clark; Mark Rypien; Charles Mann; Earnest Byner; Mark Schlereth; Chip Lohmiller
1990NYG7Pepper Johnson; Lawrence Taylor; Erik Howard; William Roberts; Bart Oates; Reyna Thompson; Sean Landeta
1989SFO6Jerry Rice; Joe Montana; Roger Craig; Ronnie Lott; John Taylor; Guy McIntyre
1988SFO6Roger Craig; Jerry Rice; Michael Carter; Ronnie Lott; Charles Haley; John Taylor
1987WAS3Charles Mann; Gary Clark; Darrell Green
1986NYG8Lawrence Taylor; Joe Morris; Leonard Marshall; Harry Carson; Brad Benson; Mark Bavaro; Jim Burt; Sean Landeta
1985CHI9Richard Dent; Walter Payton; Mike Singletary; Jimbo Covert; Otis Wilson; Dan Hampton; Jim McMahon; Jay Hilgenberg; Dave Duerson
1984SFO10Keith Fahnhorst; Joe Montana; Randy Cross; Eric Wright; Wendell Tyler; Keena Turner; Fred Quillan; Dwight Hicks; Ronnie Lott; Carlton Williamson
1983RAI8Rod Martin; Howie Long; Lester Hayes; Vann McElroy; Todd Christensen; Henry Lawrence; Ted Hendricks; Greg Pruitt
1982WAS5Joe Theismann; Charlie Brown; Tony Peters; Mark Moseley; Mike Nelms
1981SFO6Ronnie Lott; Fred Dean; Dwight Hicks; Randy Cross; Joe Montana; Dwight Clark
1980OAK5Lester Hayes; Ted Hendricks; Art Shell; Kenny King; Ray Guy
1979PIT10Mike Webster; Terry Bradshaw; Donnie Shell; Jack Lambert; Mel Blount; Jack Ham; Franco Harris; John Stallworth; Joe Greene; L.C. Greenwood
1978PIT10Terry Bradshaw; Mike Webster; Jack Ham; Lynn Swann; Mel Blount; Jack Lambert; Joe Greene; Franco Harris; Donnie Shell; L.C. Greenwood
1977DAL8Roger Staubach; Drew Pearson; Harvey Martin; Cliff Harris; Charlie Waters; Randy White; Billy Joe DuPree; Efren Herrera
1976OAK7Cliff Branch; Ken Stabler; Gene Upshaw; Art Shell; Dave Casper; Phil Villapiano; Ray Guy
1975PIT11Mel Blount; Jack Ham; Franco Harris; L.C. Greenwood; Jack Lambert; Terry Bradshaw; Lynn Swann; Andy Russell; Joe Greene; Glen Edwards; Mike Wagner
1974PIT6Jack Ham; Joe Greene; L.C. Greenwood; Franco Harris; Andy Russell; Roy Gerela
1973MIA12Dick Anderson; Jake Scott; Bill Stanfill; Jim Langer; Larry Csonka; Nick Buoniconti; Larry Little; Mercury Morris; Bob Griese; Paul Warfield; Wayne Moore; Garo Yepremian
1972MIA9Larry Little; Bill Stanfill; Nick Buoniconti; Dick Anderson; Larry Csonka; Mercury Morris; Jake Scott; Norm Evans; Paul Warfield
1971DAL8John Niland; Rayfield Wright; Roger Staubach; Bob Lilly; Chuck Howley; Mel Renfro; Cornell Green; Ron Widby
1970BAL3Jerry Logan; Mike Curtis; Bubba Smith
1969KAN11Bobby Bell; Buck Buchanan; Willie Lanier; Jim Tyrer; Ed Budde; Curley Culp; Jim Marsalis; Jan Stenerud; Robert Holmes; Mike Livingston; Len Dawson
1968NYJ11Don Maynard; George Sauer; Joe Namath; Gerry Philbin; John Elliott; Dave Herman; Al Atkinson; Winston Hill; Verlon Biggs; Emerson Boozer; Jim Turner
1967GNB9Bob Jeter; Dave Robinson; Willie Davis; Herb Adderley; Willie Wood; Jerry Kramer; Forrest Gregg; Boyd Dowler; Don Chandler
1966GNB8Willie Davis; Herb Adderley; Henry Jordan; Bart Starr; Willie Wood; Forrest Gregg; Dave Robinson; Bob Skoronski
1965GNB5Herb Adderley; Willie Davis; Willie Wood; Lee Roy Caffey; Boyd Dowler
1964CLE7Jim Brown; Frank Ryan; Paul Warfield; Dick Schafrath; Dick Modzelewski; Jim Houston; Bill Glass
1964BUF10Tom Sestak; Mike Stratton; George Saimes; Stew Barber; Billy Shaw; Cookie Gilchrist; Elbert Dubenion; Butch Byrd; Jack Kemp; Ernie Warlick
1963CHI8Joe Fortunato; Doug Atkins; Richie Petitbon; Rosey Taylor; Billy Wade; Mike Ditka; Mike Pyle; Joe Marconi
1963SDG11Lance Alworth; Tobin Rote; Paul Lowe; Keith Lincoln; Ron Mix; Earl Faison; Chuck Allen; Ernie Wright; Emil Karas; Ernie Ladd; Dave Kocourek
1962GNB9Jim Taylor; Bill Forester; Jerry Kramer; Bart Starr; Willie Wood; Jim Ringo; Forrest Gregg; Ron Kramer; Tom Moore
1962DTX12Abner Haynes; Len Dawson; Sherrill Headrick; E.J. Holub; Jerry Mays; Curtis McClinton; Mel Branch; Jim Tyrer; Marvin Terrell; Dave Grayson; Fred Arbanas; Jerry Cornelison
1961GNB8Jim Taylor; Jim Ringo; Max McGee; Bart Starr; Jesse Whittenton; Bill Forester; Henry Jordan; Forrest Gregg
1961HOU12George Blanda; Charley Hennigan; Tony Banfield; Billy Cannon; Al Jamison; Ed Husmann; Don Floyd; Dennit Morris; Mark Johnston; Bob Schmidt; Charley Tolar; Bob McLeod
1960PHI8Norm Van Brocklin; Bobby Walston; Pete Retzlaff; Tommy McDonald; Tom Brookshier; Chuck Bednarik; Marion Campbell; Maxie Baughan
1959BAL7Gino Marchetti; Jim Parker; Johnny Unitas; Art Spinney; Lenny Moore; Gene Lipscomb; Raymond Berry
1958BAL8Alan Ameche; Don Joyce; Gene Lipscomb; Johnny Unitas; Jim Parker; Lenny Moore; Gino Marchetti; Raymond Berry
1957DET7Darris McCord; Yale Lary; Joe Schmidt; Harley Sewell; Jim David; Lou Creekmur; Jack Christiansen
1956NYG7Kyle Rote; Frank Gifford; Emlen Tunnell; Rosey Brown; Rosey Grier; Andy Robustelli; Charlie Conerly
1955CLE8Carlton Massey; Lou Groza; Ken Konz; Don Colo; Fred Morrison; Abe Gibron; Walt Michaels; Pete Brewster
1954CLE6Abe Gibron; Don Colo; Len Ford; Lou Groza; Dante Lavelli; Otto Graham
1953DET7Doak Walker; Yale Lary; Dick Stanfel; Bobby Layne; Les Bingaman; Jack Christiansen; Lou Creekmur
1952DET7Pat Harder; Don Doll; Bobby Layne; Lou Creekmur; Bob Smith; Cloyce Box; Bob Hoernschemeyer
1951RAM8Dan Towler; Stan West; Don Paul; Larry Brink; Tank Younger; Norm Van Brocklin; Elroy Hirsch; Bob Waterfield
1950CLE7Marion Motley; Tony Adamle; Otto Graham; Bill Willis; Lou Groza; Weldon Humble; Mac Speedie
  1. Other than the 1965 Bills, where the AFL named each member of that squad to the Pro Bowl. []
{ 5 comments }
  • Bob July 5, 2014, 4:40 am

    Quick correction in the fourth sentence…

    “had exactly won Pro Bowler” should be “had exactly one Pro Bowler”

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    • Chase Stuart July 5, 2014, 12:22 pm

      Thanks, Bob. Fixed.

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  • Red July 5, 2014, 2:42 pm

    Aaron Rodgers didn’t make the Pro Bowl in 2010? Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a single NFC QB who played better than Rodgers that season.

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    • Brian Sager July 27, 2014, 10:15 pm

      Vick, Brees and Matt Ryan were the NFC QBs that year. 2010 was when Vick had that huge year in Philly. Brees threw a lot of picks, but still had a great year. And Ryan had almost the same stats as Rodgers, but won more games. 2010 was actually a pretty down year for a lot of QBs who weren’t Tom Brady.

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  • Arthuro July 8, 2014, 6:32 am

    99% of trivia questions about how bad a NFL Champions was have one of two answers : the 2007 New York Giants or the 2011 New York Giants.
    The answer to the remaining 1% is : the 2007 and 2011 New York Giants.

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