|Japan Bowl (defunct)|
The Japan Bowl (ジャパンボウル) was a post-season college football all-star game played in Japan, which showcased East and West All-Star teams made up of college football players from the United States. The first game was played in 1976 in Tokyo to a crowd of 68,000 spectators. The final game was played in 1993.
Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson and Ty Detmer both participated and both won the MVP. College football Hall of Famer Lou Holtz coached the East team in the 1976 game. And Super Bowl XLIV champion Mark Brunell won the final MVP in 1993.
Joe Roth Memorial Award
Following Joe Roth's appearance in the 1977 game (despite suffering from cancer), the MVP would be awarded the Joe Roth Memorial Award. The trophy features Roth's helmet on top of the trophy. The first winner was Jimmy Cefalo of Penn State in 1978.
|Game||Date||Winning team||Score||Losing team||Score||Venue||Attendance||MVP|
|1||January 18, 1976||West||27||East||16||National Stadium||68,000|| Chuck Muncie|
|2||January 16, 1977||West||21||East||10||National Stadium||58,000|| Robin Earl|
|3||January 14, 1978||East||26||West||10||National Stadium||33,000|| Jimmy Cefalo|
|4||January 14, 1979||East||33||West||14||National Stadium||55,000|| Scott Fitzkee|
|5||January 13, 1980||West||28||East||17||Yokohama Stadium||27,000|| Paul Campbell|
|6||January 18, 1981||West||25||East||13||Yokohama Stadium||30,000|| J. C. Watts|
|7||January 17, 1982||West||28||East||17||Yokohama Stadium||28,000|| Leo Wisniewski|
|8||January 23, 1983||West||30||East||21||Yokohama Stadium||30,000|| Richard Neely|
|9||January 16, 1984||West||27||East||16||Yokohama Stadium||26,000|| Irving Fryar|
|10||January 13, 1985||West||28||East||14||Yokohama Stadium||30,000|| Gale Gilbert|
|11||January 12, 1986||East||31||West||14||Yokohama Stadium||30,000|| Bo Jackson|
|12||January 11, 1987||West||24||East||17||Yokohama Stadium||30,000|| Troy Stradford|
|13||January 10, 1988||West||17||East||3||Yokohama Stadium||30,000|| Chad Hennings|
|14||January 16, 1989||East||30||West||7||Yokohama Stadium||29,000|| Mark Messner|
|15||January 14, 1990||East||24||West||10||Yokohama Stadium|| Anthony Thompson|
|16||January 14, 1991||West||20||East||14||Yokohama Stadium|| Bill Musgrave|
|17||January 12, 1992||East||14||West||13||Tokyo Dome||50,000|| Ty Detmer|
|18||January 10, 1993||East||27||West||13||Tokyo Dome|| Mark Brunell|
- "U.S. collegians draw 68,000 to Japan Bowl". Chicago Tribune. January 19, 1976. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
- "Japan Bowl Trophy". JoeRoth12.com. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
- "Teague Is Back in the Spotlight : Japan Bowl: Alabama defensive back, who gained fame with a touchdown against Miami, scores to fuel a 27-13 victory for the East.". LA Times. January 11, 1993. Retrieved December 25, 2015.