10 Football Facts Only True Football Fans Will Know
So you think you know everything about the NFL? Try testing yourself with 10 facts you will only know if you are a TRUE fan.
#10 – The Boston Patriots almost changed their name to ...
In 1960, the Boston Patriots participated in the American League (AFL) and played their games at Fenway Park, Braves Field, and Alumni Stadium at Boston College. The team was almost renamed the Bay State Patriots, but in the end, the AFL did not approve the name change since the "Bay State" initials would not go over well.
#9 – What team has the most consecutive National titles?
There is only one team in the history of the league that has won three consecutive titles. Although, it was not achieved during the Super Bowl era. The Green Bay Packers won three consecutive National titles in 1966, 1967, and again in 1968.
#8 – Is there a day of the week when an NFL game has NOT been played?
No. Although most present day games are scheduled on Monday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, the league has played a game on every day of the week. For example, in 2010 a Tuesday night snow game was played out in Philadelphia despite the terrible weather. Games have been also played on Wednesday and Friday to accommodate for presidential speeches, weather, and holidays.
#7 – How much does the Super Bowl trophy cost?
The highly sought after Super Bowl trophy costs $25,000.
#6 – Stall tactics
An employee working for NBC purposely delayed the 1958 NFL Championship game to stall for his coworkers who were busy due to a television cable coming unplugged. Statistician Stan Rotkiewicz ran on the field posing as a drunken fan during the Colts game to cause a disruption, which could give NBC time to get the plug fixed and the game back on live television. Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas wrote in his biography that he knew something was amiss since no one could act the part of a drunk that well.
#5 – What is the oldest NFL record?
The oldest record in the books is 40 points scored by a single athlete in one game. Ernie Nevers had six touchdowns and booted four extra points.
#4 – Who is the youngest NFL Hall of Fame inductee?
Gale Sayers was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at the age of 34 years old.
#3 How was "the huddle" created?
The huddle was first invented when a deaf QB for Gallaudet University would "huddle" together with his teammates in an effort to hear them better and to hide their hand signals from the other team. Check out the video below for a more detailed history.
#2 – Who holds the record for most safeties in one game?
Former Rams Fred Dryer is the only player to record two safeties in a single game.
#1 – How many people watched Super Bowl LI?
The total audience count for the first televised game in 1939 was 500. Super Bowl LI on February 6, 2017 had an audience of over 111 million.