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Lombardi and Sherman Set to Coach Pro Bowl Tomorrow

Jan. 12, 1963 - The finest football players in the world meet at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum tomorrow to play the 13th annual Pro Bowl game for charity. Coach Vince Lombardi (right), whose Green Bay Packers beat the Giants of New York for the NFL title the last two years, heads the favored all-stars of the Western conference. The Eastern division, beaten the last three years, hopes to reverse matters under the guidance of Allie Sherman (left), who piloted the Giants to the Eastern Division title. The West holds an 8-4 victory edge. Oddsmakers gave the West the advantage of three-and-a-half points until it was announced today that Packer fullback Jim Taylor would not play due to the recurrence of an illness that hospitalized him earlier in the week. With Taylor out, the Western backfield will be made up of John Unitas at quarterback, Dick Bass and Lenny Moore, halfbacks, and J.D. Smith at fullback. Up front, the West will start a fine array of stalwarts including such pass-catching targets as Red Phillips, Gail Cogdill, and Mike Ditka. If Unitas falters, there’s always quarterback Bart Starr.


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