Saturday, June 8, 2013

Strange But True Facts About The NFL

Don Shula, who coached with the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Colts, is the NFL's winingest coach, with 347 victories in his career. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997.

Green Bay holds the record for most NFL championships (12) followed by Chicago (9) and the New York Giants (7).

Sammy Baugh led the NFL in passing more seasons than any other quarterback (6).

Former Dallas and Arizona running back Emmit Smith is the NFL's all time leader rusher with 18.355 yards and had the most seasons of rushing for at least 1,000 yards (11).

ABC's Monday night football premiered in September 1970 with Keith Jackson, Don Meredith, and Howard Cosell.

The record for the most games won in a season, including playoffs is by the New England Patriots (18) in 2007.

The record for the most consecutive regular season games won is by the Miami Dolphins (27) 1971-1974)

Running back Jim Brown led the NFL in rushing more times than any other running back. He led the league in rushing eight times from 1957 to 1965 in his amazing career.

Running back Eric Dickerson holds the record for most yards rushing in a season, 2,105.

Running back Adrian Peterson holds the record for most yards rushing in a single game, 296.

Running back Emmitt Smith holds the record for most career rushing touchdown, 164.

In the NFL the home team is required to provide 24 footballs for each game, although only around 10 are normally used.

Wide Receiver Jerry Rice holds the record for most touchdowns scored (208).  Emmitt Smith is second at 175.

The record for the most touchdowns in a season is held by LaDainian Thomlinson, 31 in 2006.

Soldier Field in Chicago is the oldest stadium still in use in the NFL.

Beattie Feathers was the first player in NFL history who rushed for 1,000 yards in a season. He accomplished this in 1934 with the Chicago Bears.

A football is eleven inches long and the distance around the football is 28 inches and weighs between 14 and 15 ounces.

The longest game in NFL history was a playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins, on Christmas Day, 1971. The game lasted 82 minutes and 40 seconds with the Dolphins winning 27-24.

In 2001, Kansas City Chiefs running back Priest Holmes became the first undrafted player to lead the NFL in rushing.

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