Senior Bowl 2012: Game's History Includes Legendary Players, Coaches

The 2012 Senior Bowl marks the 63rd edition of the premier college football all-star game for NFL Draft prospects, and the 62nd year the game will be played in Mobile, Alabama after moving from Jacksonville. The records of the teams obviously don't matter much, but the South leads its all-time series against the North, 29-26-3, while the three-year period in which the teams were labeled AFC and NFC to stress the pre-professional nature of the game gave the AFC a 2-1 series advantage over the NFC it is unlikely to ever relinquish.

The Senior Bowl has always had NFL coaches, general managers, scouts, and so on involved, but some of the bigger names in the game's history came in the early years. Legendary Cleveland Browns coach Paul Brown went 4-4 in his eight games as a Senior Bowl coach from 1952 to 1959, and Tom Landry went 2-1-1 from 1962 to 1965. The only coaches with more than two wins and no losses? Lou Saban, who went 2-0-1, and Marvin Lewis, who boasts the only 3-0 record in Senior Bowl annals.

The Senior Bowl's reputation as a must for NFL Draft-eligible players is well-established, thanks to the slew of big names that has gone through Mobile. Walter Payton, Bo Jacskon, Lynn Swann, Ray Nitschke, Jack Youngblood, and Joe Greene are just some of the legends to have played in the Senior Bowl. But even winning the Senior Bowl's MVP award doesn't necessarily guarantee a long NFL career: just ask 1999 Senior Bowl MVP Cade McNown, or 2009 Senior Bowl MVP Pat White.

For more on the 2012 Senior Bowl, keep it locked to SB Nation's Senior Bowl StoryStream, featuring practice reports from Mobile and much, much more.

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