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Bears and Packers Heavily Represented on Western Conference Pro Bowl Team

Dec. 18, 1963 - The Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers landed eight men each today on the Western Conference team in the 14th annual NFL Pro Bowl game. But all those Bears and Packers couldn’t keep Johnny Unitas off the team. The Baltimore Colt star was selected as the West quarterback for the seventh consecutive year. In the game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 12, he will be backed up by Billy Wade of the Bears. The squad included two players who have been in the game even more often than Unitas. Joe Schmidt (pictured #56 tackling Roman Gabriel), a Detroit Lion linebacker, was picked for the 10th time. Gino Marchetti, a defensive end for the Colts, will be appearing in the Pro Bowl for the ninth time. Unitas will have his two favorite Colt receivers in the game — Ray Berry and John Mackey, a rookie. Unitas was voted Pro Bowl player of the game in 1960 and 1961. Last year, Browns fullback Jim Brown was voted the game's outstanding back and Henry Jordan of the Packers was selected as lineman of the game.




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