Most football fans like to think that they know something about the rules and history of the
game of football, about the details of their favorite teams, and about what’s going on the current
season — but there are some interesting things that even die-hard fans of professional football
might not know. For instance…you might not KNOW that…
REALLY OLD FACTS:
● Because of so many players being enlisted in during WWII, there weren’t enough men
to make a full team in some cases. In 1943 the Pittsburgh Steelers combined with the
Philadelphia Eagles to form the “Steagles.” The next year, in 1944, Pittsburgh combined
with the Chicago Cardinals and and became known around the league as the “CarPit.”
Neither team did well. With names like that, what do you expect?
● The last time that a SCORELESS game (0-0 tie) happened in NFL history was in 1943,
New York Giants versus Detroit Lions.
● In 1997, Brad Johnson, quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings, accomplished the
amazing feat of THROWING A PASS TO HIMSELF FOR A TOUCHDOWN. Johnson
is the only NFL player to do this. During the week six win over the Panthers, Johnson
threw the ball to a wide receiver, but was blocked by a defensive linemen. The ball was
flung up into the air, so Johnson caught the ball then ran 8 yards into the endzone.
● Did you know that Willie Thrower, who played for the Chicago Bears in 1953, was the
first African-American quarterback in the NFL?
● No network footage has survived of Super Bowl I. It was said to have been taped over
for a SOAP OPERA. So tragic!
● The American Professional Football Association was founded in 1920 (at a Canton, Ohio
car dealership). The first president was the legendary Jim Thorpe.
● The longest non-scoring scrimmage play was a 98-yard pass play from Jim Hart to
Bobby Moore in 1972; Moore was dragged down at the 1 yard line.
● The Rams, in 1948, became the first team to have a HELMET INSIGNIA. [Fred Gehrke,
the team’s halfback, hand painted the helmets).
● The Dallas Cowboys are the most valued sports franchise in the world, with an
estimated worth of $1.5 billion! That’s some big bucks!
● The record for the most FUMBLES in a single game is SEVEN , by quarterback Len
Dawson of the Chiefs. Oops!
● Record for most TEAM FUMBLES in a season goes to the 1938 Chicago Bears. They
fumbled 56 times! Major oops!
● The Washington Redskins were the last SEGREGATED team in the NFL. Not something
be proud of! And then there is that controversial team name….
● The NFL record for MOST PASS ATTEMPTS in a game belongs to quarterback Drew
Bledsoe with 70 attempts in an overtime game in 1994.
● Former Steelers receiver Lynn Swann ran unsuccessfully for of Governor of
Pennsylvania in 2006. Better luck next time!
● Quarterback STEVE YOUNG, of the 49ers, is the great-great-great-grandson of Mormon
leader BRIGHAM YOUNG. Super athlete with super religious cred!
● The first African-American coach to win a Super Bowl is TONY DUNGY, when his Colts
defeated the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.
● Quarterback legend Joe Montana produces WINE under his Montagia label.
● Steve Young IN 2005 became the first LEFT-HANDED QUARTERBACK inducted into
the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Go lefties!
● To supply footballs for the NFL, it takes the leather of 3,000 cows. Moo indeed!
● Over 8 million pounds of GUACAMOLE (!) is estimated to be consumed on Super Bowl
● On the Monday following the Super Bowl, ANTACID sales increase by up to 20 percent.
Hope you enjoyed learning some off-beat facts, both odd and interesting, about professional
AMERICAN football. Come back later for some more facts about the NFL and the great all-
American game of catch-and-run the pigskin.