1981 National Football League


The 1981 season was the National Football League's 62nd, and 28 teams competed in the league that year. The San Francisco 49ers won the 1981 championship.

1981 National Football League Standings
1981 National Football League League Leaders

Atlanta Falcons (7-9) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
Baltimore Colts (2-14) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
Buffalo Bills (10-6) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
Chicago Bears (6-10) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
Cincinnati Bengals (12-4) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
Cleveland Browns (5-11) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
Dallas Cowboys (12-4) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
Denver Broncos (10-6) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
Detroit Lions (8-8) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
Green Bay Packers (8-8) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
Houston Oilers (7-9) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
Kansas City Chiefs (9-7) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
Los Angeles Rams (6-10) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
Miami Dolphins (11-4-1) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
Minnesota Vikings (7-9) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
New England Patriots (2-14) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
New Orleans Saints (4-12) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
New York Giants (9-7) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
New York Jets (10-5-1) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
Oakland Raiders (7-9) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
San Diego Chargers (10-6) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
San Francisco 49ers (13-3) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
Seattle Seahawks (6-10) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
St. Louis Cardinals (7-9) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results
Washington Redskins (8-8) - Roster | Statistics | Game Results


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1981 Award Winners


Bill Walsh - AP NFL Coach of the Year
Bill Walsh - Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year
Ken Anderson - AP MVP
Ken Anderson - Bert Bell Award (Player of the Year)
Ken Anderson - Newspaper Ent. Assoc. MVP
Ken Anderson - PFWA MVP
Ken Anderson - AP Offensive Player of the Year
Lawrence Taylor - AP Defensive Player of the Year
George Rogers - AP Offensive Rookie of the Year
Lawrence Taylor - AP Defensive Rookie of the Year
Ken Anderson - AP Comeback Player of the Year
Joe Montana - Super Bowl MVP
Lynn Swann - Walter Payton Man of the Year

1981 All-Pros



Associated Press

All-NFL
Ken Anderson 1st Team
Mel Blount 1st Team
Nolan Cromwell 1st Team
Fred Dean 1st Team
Tony Dorsett 1st Team
Gary Fencik 1st Team
John Hannah 1st Team
LeRoy Irvin 1st Team
Alfred Jenkins 1st Team
Charlie Johnson 1st Team
Gary Johnson 1st Team
Joe Klecko 1st Team
Jack Lambert 1st Team
James Lofton 1st Team
Ronnie Lott 1st Team
Pat McInally 1st Team
Anthony Munoz 1st Team
Marvin Powell 1st Team
George Rogers 1st Team
Herbert Scott 1st Team
Rafael Septien 1st Team
Bob Swenson 1st Team
Lawrence Taylor 1st Team
Mike Webster 1st Team
Randy White 1st Team
Kellen Winslow 1st Team
William Andrews 2nd Team
Bob Baumhower 2nd Team
Robert Brazile 2nd Team
Cris Collinsworth 2nd Team
Randy Cross 2nd Team
Pat Donovan 2nd Team
Doug English 2nd Team
Joe Fields 2nd Team
Mark Gastineau 2nd Team
Randy Gradishar 2nd Team
Mark Haynes 2nd Team
Dwight Hicks 2nd Team
Dave Jennings 2nd Team
Too Tall Jones 2nd Team
Louie Kelcher 2nd Team
Mike Kenn 2nd Team
Nick Lowery 2nd Team
Joe Montana 2nd Team
Mike Nelms 2nd Team
Ed Newman 2nd Team
Ozzie Newsome 2nd Team
Jerry Robinson 2nd Team
Donnie Shell 2nd Team
Billy Sims 2nd Team
Steve Watson 2nd Team
Roynell Young 2nd Team

Newspaper Enterprise Association
Ken Anderson 1st Team
Gary Barbaro 1st Team
Nolan Cromwell 1st Team
Randy Cross 1st Team
Tony Dorsett 1st Team
Doug English 1st Team
John Hannah 1st Team
Mark Haynes 1st Team
Alfred Jenkins 1st Team
Too Tall Jones 1st Team
Joe Klecko 1st Team
Jack Lambert 1st Team
James Lofton 1st Team
Ronnie Lott 1st Team
Nick Lowery 1st Team
Anthony Munoz 1st Team
Marvin Powell 1st Team
Billy Sims 1st Team
Tom Skladany 1st Team
Bob Swenson 1st Team
Lawrence Taylor 1st Team
Mike Webster 1st Team
Randy White 1st Team
Kellen Winslow 1st Team
Bob Baumhower 2nd Team
Matt Blair 2nd Team
Joe Cribbs 2nd Team
Fred Dean 2nd Team
Pat Donovan 2nd Team
Gary Fencik 2nd Team
Mark Gastineau 2nd Team
Randy Gradishar 2nd Team
Gary Green 2nd Team
Dwight Hicks 2nd Team
Mike Kenn 2nd Team
Frank Lewis 2nd Team
Rod Martin 2nd Team
Pat McInally 2nd Team
Joe Montana 2nd Team
Eddie Murray 2nd Team
Ed Newman 2nd Team
George Rogers 2nd Team
Rich Saul 2nd Team
Herbert Scott 2nd Team
Joe Senser 2nd Team
Fred Smerlas 2nd Team
Steve Watson 2nd Team
Roynell Young 2nd Team

Pro Football Weekly

All-Conference
Ken Anderson 1st Team
Gary Barbaro 1st Team
Bob Baumhower 1st Team
Matt Blair 1st Team
Mel Blount 1st Team
Harry Carson 1st Team
Nolan Cromwell 1st Team
Randy Cross 1st Team
Fred Dean 1st Team
Joe Delaney 1st Team
Pat Donovan 1st Team
Tony Dorsett 1st Team
Doug English 1st Team
Mark Gastineau 1st Team
Randy Gradishar 1st Team
Gary Green 1st Team
John Hannah 1st Team
Mark Haynes 1st Team
Ted Hendricks 1st Team
Dwight Hicks 1st Team
LeRoy Irvin 1st Team
Alfred Jenkins 1st Team
Charlie Johnson 1st Team
Gary Johnson 1st Team
Too Tall Jones 1st Team
Mike Kenn 1st Team
Joe Klecko 1st Team
Jack Lambert 1st Team
Frank Lewis 1st Team
James Lofton 1st Team
Ronnie Lott 1st Team
Nick Lowery 1st Team
Larry McCarren 1st Team
Pat McInally 1st Team
Joe Montana 1st Team
Chuck Muncie 1st Team
Anthony Munoz 1st Team
Mike Nelms 1st Team
Marvin Powell 1st Team
Darrol Ray 1st Team
Carl Roaches 1st Team
Jerry Robinson 1st Team
Herbert Scott 1st Team
Joe Senser 1st Team
Rafael Septien 1st Team
Billy Sims 1st Team
Tom Skladany 1st Team
Fred Smerlas 1st Team
J.T. Smith 1st Team
Bob Swenson 1st Team
Lawrence Taylor 1st Team
Steve Watson 1st Team
Mike Webster 1st Team
Randy White 1st Team
Doug Wilkerson 1st Team
Kellen Winslow 1st Team

All-NFL
Ken Anderson 1st Team
Harry Carson 1st Team
Nolan Cromwell 1st Team
Randy Cross 1st Team
Fred Dean 1st Team
Tony Dorsett 1st Team
Doug English 1st Team
Randy Gradishar 1st Team
John Hannah 1st Team
Mark Haynes 1st Team
Dwight Hicks 1st Team
LeRoy Irvin 1st Team
Alfred Jenkins 1st Team
Joe Klecko 1st Team
Jack Lambert 1st Team
James Lofton 1st Team
Ronnie Lott 1st Team
Anthony Munoz 1st Team
Mike Nelms 1st Team
Marvin Powell 1st Team
Rafael Septien 1st Team
Billy Sims 1st Team
Tom Skladany 1st Team
Lawrence Taylor 1st Team
Steve Watson 1st Team
Mike Webster 1st Team
Randy White 1st Team
Kellen Winslow 1st Team

Pro Football Writers Association
Ken Anderson 1st Team
Gary Barbaro 1st Team
Mel Blount 1st Team
Nolan Cromwell 1st Team
Randy Cross 1st Team
Fred Dean 1st Team
Tony Dorsett 1st Team
John Hannah 1st Team
LeRoy Irvin 1st Team
Alfred Jenkins 1st Team
Gary Johnson 1st Team
Joe Klecko 1st Team
Jack Lambert 1st Team
James Lofton 1st Team
Ronnie Lott 1st Team
Pat McInally 1st Team
Anthony Munoz 1st Team
Mike Nelms 1st Team
Marvin Powell 1st Team
Jerry Robinson 1st Team
Rafael Septien 1st Team
Billy Sims 1st Team
Lawrence Taylor 1st Team
Mike Webster 1st Team
Randy White 1st Team
Kellen Winslow 1st Team

The Sporting News
Ken Anderson 1st Team
Bob Baumhower 1st Team
Nolan Cromwell 1st Team
Fred Dean 1st Team
Tony Dorsett 1st Team
Gary Fencik 1st Team
Randy Gradishar 1st Team
John Hannah 1st Team
Lester Hayes 1st Team
LeRoy Irvin 1st Team
Alfred Jenkins 1st Team
Joe Klecko 1st Team
Jack Lambert 1st Team
James Lofton 1st Team
Ronnie Lott 1st Team
Pat McInally 1st Team
Anthony Munoz 1st Team
Mike Nelms 1st Team
Marvin Powell 1st Team
George Rogers 1st Team
Herbert Scott 1st Team
Rafael Septien 1st Team
Bob Swenson 1st Team
Lawrence Taylor 1st Team
Mike Webster 1st Team
Randy White 1st Team
Kellen Winslow 1st Team

United Press International

All-Conference
Ken Anderson 1st Team
Bob Baumhower 1st Team
Mel Blount 1st Team
Harry Carson 1st Team
Randy Cross 1st Team
Fred Dean 1st Team
Joe Delaney 1st Team
Keith Dorney 1st Team
Tony Dorsett 1st Team
A.J. Duhe 1st Team
Gary Fencik 1st Team
Mark Gastineau 1st Team
Randy Gradishar 1st Team
Gary Green 1st Team
John Hannah 1st Team
Ted Hendricks 1st Team
Dwight Hicks 1st Team
Alfred Jenkins 1st Team
Charlie Johnson 1st Team
Too Tall Jones 1st Team
Mike Kenn 1st Team
Joe Klecko 1st Team
Frank Lewis 1st Team
James Lofton 1st Team
Ronnie Lott 1st Team
Nick Lowery 1st Team
Pat McInally 1st Team
Joe Montana 1st Team
Guy Morriss 1st Team
Chuck Muncie 1st Team
Anthony Munoz 1st Team
Marvin Powell 1st Team
Darrol Ray 1st Team
Jerry Robinson 1st Team
George Rogers 1st Team
Herbert Scott 1st Team
Joe Senser 1st Team
Rafael Septien 1st Team
Tom Skladany 1st Team
Fred Smerlas 1st Team
Lawrence Taylor 1st Team
Bill Thompson 1st Team
Steve Watson 1st Team
Mike Webster 1st Team
Randy White 1st Team
Doug Wilkerson 1st Team
Kellen Winslow 1st Team
Roynell Young 1st Team
William Andrews 2nd Team
Gary Barbaro 2nd Team
Matt Blair 2nd Team
Robert Brazile 2nd Team
Mike Butler 2nd Team
Earl Campbell 2nd Team
Dwight Clark 2nd Team
Mario Clark 2nd Team
Cris Collinsworth 2nd Team
Nolan Cromwell 2nd Team
Joe DeLamielleure 2nd Team
Pat Donovan 2nd Team
Mike Douglass 2nd Team
Eddie Edwards 2nd Team
Doug English 2nd Team
Joe Fields 2nd Team
Dan Fouts 2nd Team
Jimmie Giles 2nd Team
Leon Gray 2nd Team
Ray Guy 2nd Team
Carl Hairston 2nd Team
Wes Hamilton 2nd Team
Eric Harris 2nd Team
Lester Hayes 2nd Team
Mark Haynes 2nd Team
Dave Jennings 2nd Team
Gary Johnson 2nd Team
Pete Johnson 2nd Team
Louie Kelcher 2nd Team
Jack Lambert 2nd Team
Steve Largent 2nd Team
Pat Leahy 2nd Team
Randy Logan 2nd Team
Ed Newman 2nd Team
Ahmad Rashad 2nd Team
Jack Reynolds 2nd Team
Ken Riley 2nd Team
Greg Roberts 2nd Team
Dan Ross 2nd Team
Donnie Shell 2nd Team
Billy Sims 2nd Team
Jerry Sisemore 2nd Team
Don L. Smith 2nd Team
Jan Stenerud 2nd Team
Bob Swenson 2nd Team
Dennis Thurman 2nd Team
Jeff Van Note 2nd Team
Chris Ward 2nd Team
Danny White 2nd Team
Ben Williams 2nd Team
Louis Wright 2nd Team

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Schedule

Date Time (ET)
Sat, Dec 15 HOU 29 at NYJ 22 Final
Sat, Dec 15 CLE 17 at DEN 16 Final
Sun, Dec 16 ARI 14 at ATL 40 Final
Sun, Dec 16 TB 12 at BAL 20 Final
Sun, Dec 16 DET 13 at BUF 14 Final
Sun, Dec 16 GB 17 at CHI 24 Final
Sun, Dec 16 OAK 16 at CIN 30 Final
Sun, Dec 16 DAL 0 at IND 23 Final
Sun, Dec 16 WAS 16 at JAC 13 Final
Sun, Dec 16 MIA 17 at MIN 41 Final
Sun, Dec 16 TEN 17 at NYG 0 Final
Sun, Dec 16 SEA 23 at SF 26 Final
Sun, Dec 16 NE 10 at PIT 17 Final
Sun, Dec 16 PHI 30 at LAR 23 Final
Mon, Dec 17 NO at CAR 8:15 p.m.
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