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Jim Brown Shines as East Upsets West at NFL Pro Bowl

Jan. 13, 1963 - The Eastern Division All-Stars, led by their hard-running fullback, Jim Brown of Cleveland (pictured with ball), came from behind with a 17-point spurt in the fourth period today to defeat the West, 30-20, in the 13th annual NFL Pro Bowl game. As a crowd of 61,374 at Los Angeles’s Memorial Coliseum and a national television audience looked on, Brown set a Pro Bowl rushing record of 141 yards. This broke his own mark of 120 yards set last year. Fumbles proved costly for the Western Division, which booted away the ball six times. If not for the fumbles, John Unitas of the Baltimore Colts would have been the hero of the game. He was magnificent. His 87-yard pass play to Detroit’s Gail Cogdill was the longest in Pro Bowl history. The East got great performances from Pittsburgh’s Gene (Big Daddy) Lipscomb and Erich Barnes of the Giants. For the West, Alex Karras of the Lions and Dick Lane, his teammate, stood out on defense. A streak of three straight Western victories in the Pro Bowl ended. It was the East’s fifth triumph in the series to eight for the West. Jim Brown was selected player of the game for the second straight year. Gene Lipscomb was chosen lineman of the game for his tremendous defensive efforts.

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