>> The Senior Bowl -- A Look Back At 57 Years Of Football Excellence

Seven more sellout crowds, including the earliest sellout in the game's 57-year history, and the contest's most talented rosters ever have highlighted the seven Senior Bowls of the 21st century.


2000

NORTH 24, SOUTH 21
MVP: Chad Pennington, Marshall
NORTH COACH: George Seifert, Panthers
SOUTH COACH: Gunther Cunningham, Chiefs
TOP PLAYERS: Brian Urlacher, Chad Pennington, Shaun Alexander, John Abraham, Mike Brown, Keith Bulluck, Julian Peterson

The North was led by the outstanding play of quarterbacks Chad Pennington of Marshall and Chris Redman of Louisville to score a 24-21 victory over the South in the 51st annual Delchamps Senior Bowl, a contest which acheived the game's earliest sellout in history on December 20, 1999. Pennington earned Over-all MVP honors with an 11-14, 92-yard, one touchdown passing performance, while Redman was 12-20 for 134 yards and led the North on its game-winning fourth quarter drive which culminated in a 28-yard field goal by Michigan State's Paul Edinger with 5:15 remaining to give them the three-point win. The contest also featured the game's most talented roster ever, as a record 102 players from the North and South squads, including 14 first-rounders, were selected in the NFL Draft three months later.


2001

SOUTH 21, NORTH 16
MVP: LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU
NORTH COACH: Bill Cowher, Steelers
SOUTH COACH: Mike Sherman, Packers
TOP PLAYERS: LaDainian Tomlinson, Adam Archuleta, Marcus Stroud, Kendrell Bell, Kris Jenkins, Rod Gardner

The LaDainian Tomlinson Show ruled Senior Bowl 2001, presented by Delchamps, as the TCU running back earned Overall MVP honors with 88 yards rushing, 28 more receiving and a touchdown to lead the South to a 21-16 victory over the North in front of the game's seventh consecutive sellout crowd. A spectacular one-yard TD run by Tomlinson and a five-yard touchdown scamper by Florida quarterback Jesse Palmer staked the South to a 14-0 first quarter lead which they never relinquished. The North was led by Maryland running back LaMont Jordan, who ran for 62 yards and a touchdown, and Kansas State's Jerrod Cooper blocked a South punt and ran it in for another score, but the North couldn't muster much other offense and the South had its first victory of the new millenium.

LaDainian Tomlinson earned Senior Bowl 2001’s Overall Most Valuable Player Award by rushing for 88 yards, adding 28 more receiving and scoring a touchdown in a stellar performance to lead the South to a 21-16 victory.


2002

SOUTH 41, NORTH 26
MVP: Antwaan Randle El, Indiana
NORTH COACH: Mike Holmgren, Seahawks
SOUTH COACH: Dave McGinnis, Cardinals
TOP PLAYERS: David Carr, Ryan Sims, Patrick Ramsey, Antwaan Randle El, LeCharles Bentley, Javon Walker

The South scored its second straight win in the series 41-26 in the 2002 Senior Bowl, presented by Food World, led by the play of marquee quarterbacks David Carr of Fresno State, Patrick Ramsey of Tulane and LSU's Rohan Davey, before another sellout crowd in Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Indiana's electrifying Antwaan Randle El became the first player from a losing team since 1969 to win the game's MVP Award with a spectacular performance in a receiving/kick return role as he caught two TD's, returned a punt 40 yards and made a leaping 31-yard catch to set up a North field goal to win the honors. Carr used an outstanding performance throughout Senior Bowl Week to become the first player selected in the 2002 NFL Draft, while Davey threw two touchdown passes and Ramsey led three second-half South scoring drives for the South's fourth win in five years.

Fresno State’s David Carr used an outstanding performance throughout Senior Bowl Week 2002 to become the first player selected in the NFL Draft, when he was chosen by the expansion Houston Texans.


2003

NORTH 17, SOUTH 0
MVP: Larry Johnson, Penn State
NORTH COACH: Dom Capers, Texans
SOUTH COACH: Marty Mornhinweg, Lions
TOP PLAYERS: Carson Palmer, Kyle Boller, Marcus Trufant, Andre Woolfolk, Michael Haynes, Larry Johnson

Not even Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer of USC could lead the South to victory in the 2003 Senior Bowl, as the North's dominating defense pitched just the second shutout in the game's 54-year history to win 17-0 in front of the game's ninth straight sellout crowd in Ladd-Peebles Stadium. A pair of Penn State stars led the way for the Yanks, as Defensive MVP Michael Haynes recorded a sack, forced two fumbles and broke up a pass, and college football's premier running back in 2002 -- Larry Johnson -- earned the game's overall MVP Award. Trailing 10-0 in the fourth quarter, the South threatened to the close gap after penetrating to the North eight- yard line. But Notre Dame's Shane Walton stepped in front of a Chris Simms pass and raced a Senior Bowl record 99-yards with the interception for a touchdown to seal the North victory. The contest also featured one of the game's most talented rosters ever. In addition to Palmer, who became the second Senior Bowl player in as many years to be the first overall selection in the NFL Draft, a record-tying 14 members of the North and South squads were selected in the first-round of the draft three months later.
 

Carson Palmer became the second straight Senior Bowler to be the first player selected in the NFL Draft when he was chosen first overall by the Cincinnati Bengals following Senior Bowl 2003.


2004

>> South Scores 28-10 Victory In 55th Annual Senior Bowl

SOUTH 28, NORTH 10
MVP: Philip Rivers, N.C. State
NORTH COACH: Marvin Lewis, Bengals
SOUTH COACH: Marty Schottenheimer, Chargers

N.C. State quarterback Philip Rivers earns game's MVP Award with 213-yard, two touchdown passing performance to help lead the South to victory.


2005

>> Frye Leads North To 23-13 Victory Over South In 2005 Senior Bowl

Akron’s Charlie Frye was named the 2005 Senior Bowl MVP in leading the North to a 23-13 victory.


2006

>> North Scores 31-14 Win Over South In 2006 Senior Bowl, Presented By Food World

Miami’s Sinorice Moss was named the 2006 Senior Bowl MVP in leading the North to a 31-14 victory.

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