Ø The Dallas Cowboys haven’t played in Dallas since 1971. Cowboy Stadium is located in Arlington, Texas.
Ø The St. Louis Rams were the first NFL team to use their logo on their helmets.
Ø The Green Bay packers are the only team which is a publicly-owned corporation.
Ø 78% of NFL players are bankrupt just two years after finishing their careers.
Ø President Theodore Roosevelt radically changed American football rules when he introduced the forward pass in 1906.
Ø Dr. James Naismith introduced helmets to football. He is better known as the inventor of basketball.
Ø The total play time in a football game averages eleven minutes.
Ø The huddle used in football was created by deaf quarterback Paul D. Hubbard…so the other team could not read his hand signals.
Ø The Houston Texans are the fourth professional team to use the name “Texans”. Three defunct pro hockey teams also used the name.
Ø Football evolved in medieval Europe from ‘mob football’. There were an unlimited number of players and you had to get the ball to the center of town any way you could…as long as it did not lead to manslaughter.
Ø Since the American Professional Football Association became the National Football League in 1922, the Chicago Bears are the only team not to change its name or city.
Ø Every single football is made in a Wilson factory in the village of Ada, Ohio—population 6000.
Ø The Baltimore Ravens are named after Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem The Raven—not the actual bird.
Ø Deion Sanders is the only person to hit an MLB home run and NFL touchdown in the same week. He is also the only person to play in the World Series and the Super Bowl.
Ø Former Minnesota Vikings kicker Fred Cox invented the Nerf football in 1972. He still receives royalties for every unit sold.
Ø The NFL is considered a non-profit and is thus tax-exempt.
Ø The NFL requires that all stadiums be built facing north/south so the sun never interferes with a play.
Ø The average life expectancy of an NFL player is 55 years.
Ø The league minimum for an NFL rookie in 2013 was $405,000. In 2014, it was $420,000.
Ø The NFL averages 290 million television viewers a week. That is four times the population of the United Kingdom.
“When it’s third and ten, you can have the milk drinkers; I’ll take the whiskey drinkers every time.”—Max McGee, Green Bay Packers receiver
“My knees look like they lost a knife fight with a midget.”—E.J. Holub, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker regarding his 12 knee operations
“I don’t know. I only played there for nine years.”—Walt Garrison, Dallas Cowboys fullback when asked if Tom Landry ever smiles
“We were tipping off our plays. Whenever we broke from the huddle, three backs were laughing and one was pale as a ghost.”—John Breen, Houston Oilers
“The film looks suspiciously like the game itself.”—Bum Phillips, New Orleans Saints, after viewing a lopsided loss to the Atlanta Falcons
“Because if it didn’t work out, I didn’t want to blow the whole day.”—Paul Horning, Green Bay Packers running back on why his marriage ceremony was before noon.
“I have a lifetime contract. That means I can’t be fired during the third quarter if we’re ahead and moving the ball.”—Lou Holtz, Arkansas football coach
“I won’t know until my barber tells me on Monday.”—Knute Rockne, when asked why Notre Dame had lost a game
“Our biggest concern this season will be diaper rash.”—George MacIntyre, Vanderbilt football coach surveying the team roster that included 26 freshmen and 25 sophomores.
“The only difference between me and General Custer is that I have to watch the films on Sunday.”—Rick Venturi, Northwestern
Football coach Hugh “Duffy” Daugherty when asked if he had any superstitions—”Only superstition I have is that it’s bad luck to be behind at the end of the game!”
John McKay, after a pathetic loss by his Tampa Bay Buccaneers when asked to comment on his team’s execution—”I’m in favor of it.”
Vince Lombardi’s observation—”Football isn’t a contact sport. Football is a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.”
Ohio State’s Urban Meyer on one of his players: “He doesn’t know the meaning of the word fear. In fact, I just saw his grades and he doesn’t know the meaning of a lot of words.”
Upon hearing Joe Jacobi of the Redskins say—”I’d run over my own mother to win the Super Bowl,” Matt Millen of the Raiders said—”To win, I’d run over Joe’s Mom, too.”
Torrin Polk, University of Houston receiver, on his coach, John Jenkins—”He treat us like mens. He let us wear earrings.”
Emerson Boozer said when Joe Namath was being suspended for off field shannigans, “I’d rather dig ditches than play football without Joe Namath.” Which ’caused another New York Jet player to say, “I could tell right off Emerson Boozer ain’t dug no ditches.”
A wide receiver for the LA Rams was asked once about fumbling when he was hit by a defensive back, “Well,” he said, ”it’s like coming out of store with a bag of groceries and you get hit by a truck… sometimes you forget about the bag of groceries.”
Bill Peterson, a FloridaState football coach—”You guys line up alphabetically by height.” And, “You guys pair up in groups of three, and then line up in a circle.”
Questions and Answers
Why do Tennessee fans wear orange? So they can dress that way for the game on Saturday, go hunting on Sunday, and pick up trash on Monday.
What does the average Alabama player get on his SATs? Drool.
How many Michigan freshmen football players does it take to change a light bulb? None. That’s a sophomore course.
A University of Cincinnati football player was almost killed yesterday in a tragic horseback-riding accident. He fell from a horse and was nearly trampled to death. Luckily, the manager of the Wal-Mart came out and unplugged the horse.
What do you say to a University of Miami Hurricane football player dressed in a three-piece suit? “Will the defendant please rise.”
If three Florida State football players are in the same car, who is driving? The police officer.
How can you tell if an Auburn football player has a girlfriend? There’s tobacco juice on both sides of the pickup truck.
What do you get when you put 32 Arkansas cheerleaders in one room? A full set of teeth.
University of Michigan Coach Brady Hoke is going to dress only half of his players for the game this week; the other half will have to dress themselves.
How is the Indiana football team like an opossum? They play dead at home and get killed on the road.
How do you get a former Illinois football player off your porch? Pay him for the pizza.
Here’s wishing your favorite college or professional football team has a great season.
If they don’t there is golf. Here’s some comments by David Feherty:
“It would be easier to pick a broken nose, than a winner in that group.”
“Fortunately, Rory is 22 years old so his right wrist should be the strongest muscle in his body.”
“That ball is so far left, Lassie couldn’t find it if it was wrapped in bacon.”
“I am sorry Nick Faldo couldn’t be here this week. He is attending the birth of his next wife.”
Jim Furyk’s swing “looks like an octopus falling out of a tree.”
Describing VJ Singh’s prodigious practice regime – “VJ hits more balls than Elton John’s chin.”
“That’s a great shot with that swing.”
“It’s OK – the bunker stopped it.”
“It’s just a glorious day. The only way to ruin a day like this would be to play golf on it.”
“That was a great shot – if they’d have put the pin there today.”
“Watching Phil Mickelson play golf is like watching a drunk chasing a balloon near the edge of a cliff.”
“That green appears smaller than a Pygmies’ nipple.”
And finally basketball
Pat Williams, Orlando Magic general manager, on his team’s 7-27 record: “We can’t win at home. We can’t win on the road. As general manager, I just can’t figure out where else to play.”
Some advice Marquette coach Al McGuire once gave coach Rick Majerus…
“Never marry a beautiful woman,” McGuire said, “because a beautiful woman might leave you.”
Said Majerus: “An ugly woman might leave me too.”
McGuire: “Yeah, but it won’t matter.”