Five Little Known Facts About Marv Levy

Marv Levy has gone down as the greatest head coach in Buffalo Bills history. With him at the helm, the Bills won four consecutive AFC Championship games and went to four straight Super Bowls. Even though they failed to win in any of those four attempts, that is an accomplishment that puts him high up on the list of coaching greats. Here is a look at five little known facts about Marv Levy.

-Marv Levy’s college experience saw him enrolled at two different schools. He first went to Coe College in Iowa. While there, he earned varsity letters in football, track, and basketball. He later would go on to graduate studies at Harvard University, eventually earning a masters degree in English history.

-As head coach of the Cal Bears in the early 1960s, Marv Levy hired a young assistant coach named Bill Walsh who would go on to beat him to the Hall of Fame after his career with the San Francisco 49ers.

-Marv Levy’s first coaching job at the professional level was as the kicking teams coach for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1969.

-While coaching the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League for five seasons during the mid 1970s, Marv Levy would win three Grey Cup titles as champions of the league.

-Marv Levy was the oldest NFL head coach ever to lead their team to a 10 win season when he did so with the Buffalo Bills at the age of 71.

Five Little Known Facts About All Time Great Quarterback Warren Moon

Warren Moon has one of the most inspiring stories of any National Football League quarterback ever. He was a successful college quarterback at the University of Washington who then had to prove himself in the Canadian Football League before an NFL team would give him a chance to be their quarterback.

After a long career, Moon would prove them all wrong by eventually earning entrance into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Here is a look at five little known facts about this great NFL quarterback.

-Warren Moon threw 291 touchdown passes during his NFL career. 105 of them, or more than 36% of them, were thrown in the 2nd quarter.

-Warren Moon’s first touchdown pass was thrown in the second quarter of his first game in the NFL. It came in a 24-14 loss to the Los Angeles Raiders and went for ten yards to Mike Holston. This would be the only touchdown pass he would ever throw to Holston.

-Moon traveled a lot during the second half of his career. When it was all over, he had thrwon 196 touchdowns for the Oilers, 58 for the Vikings, 36 for the Seattle Seahawks, and just one for the Kansas City Chiefs.

-No player caught more touchdown passes from Warren Moon than Drew Hill. Hill played with Moon in Houston and was on the receiving end of 43 touchdown passes during his career from Moon.

-At one point, in 1995, Moon threw five consecutive touchdown passes over three games to Cris Carter. During that stretch he didn’t throw for a touchdown to any other player. Carter caught an 8 yarder against Dallas, then an 18 and a 22 yarder the next week against Pittsburgh, and finally a four and a 17 yarder against Houston the week after that.

2016: Fun Facts About The NFL’s Latest Draft

In the latest draft, a lot of trades were made and some great selections that could impact a lot of clubs in the near future. Here’s a look at some 2016 NFL Draft Fun Facts!

2016 NFL Draft Quarterbacks

The 2016 NFL Draft saw 15 different quarterbacks selected. That was the most quarterbacks picked in a draft since the 17 chosen in 2004. 2004 was the year made famous with the selections of Eli Manning and Philip Rivers.

2016 Rams Number One Picks

2016 was the second time in seven years that the Rams used the number one overall pick in the draft to pick a quarterback. The previous time was in 2010 when they selected Sam Bradford out of Oklahoma.

High Drafted Kicker By Tampa Bay

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded up with the Chiefs for the 59th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, it was for the purpose of taking Florida State Kicker Roberto Aguayo. This made Aguayo the highest drafted kicker since 2005 when the Jets selected Mike Nugent with the 47th overall pick.

North Dakota State and the 2016 NFL Draft

Quarterback Carson Wentz made news by being drafted number two overall by the Eagles in 2016. This also brought a lot of attention to his college, North Dakota State. He wasn’t the only North Dakota State player taken that year though. In the fifth round in 2016, the Colts selected offensive tackle Joe Haeg out of the same school. Multiple players taken in the same draft out of North Dakota State hadn’t happened since 2002.

The Longest Name in Round One

The longest name drafted in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft belongs to Vernon Hargreaves at 16 letters.

Late Round Family Connection

In the seventh and final round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Vikings picked defensive back Jayron Kearse out of Clemson. Kearse’s uncle, Jevon Kearse, had a 10 year career playing with the Titans and Eagles, making three Pro Bowls.

Fun Facts About EVERY Single 2016 NFL Draft First Round Pick!

2016 NFL Draft Fun Facts – The First Rounders

With the NFL Draft finished, here is a look at one fun fact about EVERY player taken in the first round in 2016:

1. Rams: Jared Goff – QB – Cal

Colleges other than Cal that offered Jared Goff a scholarship when he came out of high school were Boise State, Washington State, and Fresno State.

2. Eagles: Carson Wentz – QB – North Dakota St.

Carson Wentz was the 36th player ever taken in an NFL Draft out of North Dakota State. He was the first quarterback.

3. Chargers: Joey Bosa – DE – Ohio St.

The Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year is given out to the best Big Ten defensive lineman as voted on by the conference’s coaches. Joey Bosa won the award twice, first in 2014 and then again in 2015. He was the third player to win it twice. The first two were Mike Vrabel in 1995 and 1996 and Wendell Bryant in 2000 and 2001.

4. Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott – RB – Ohio St.

During his junior and senior years of high school, Ezekiel Elliott scored a total of 90 touchdowns.

5. Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey – DB – Florida St.

Defensive back Jalen Ramsey won the ACC Long Jump Championship in 2015 with a jump of 26 feet one and a half inches.

6. Ravens: Ronnie Stanley – OT – Notre Dame

Ronnie Stanley attended Bishop Gorman High School in Enterprise, Nevada. Other notable names to attend the same high school as him include baseball player Marty Cordova, UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta, running back DeMarco Murray, baseball player Matt Smith, and UFC president Dana White.

7. 49ers: DeForest Buckner – DE – Oregon

DeForest Buckner was born on March 17th, 1994. Other NFL players to share his March 17th birthday include Cordarrelle Patterson, Johnny Bailey, Emmanuel Sanders, Eric Smith, Tom Bettis, Chuck Muncie, Jim Welch, Marlon McCree, Jerome Woods, John Hall, Earl Edwards, Barry Krauss, Don Griffin, and Sammy Baugh.

8. Titans: Jack Conklin – OT – Michigan St.

As a teen at Plainwell High School in Michigan, Jack Conklin’s head football coach was his father.

9. Bears: Leonard Floyd – LB – Georgia

Leonard Floyd is the first linebacker taken in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Bears since Brian Urlacher 16 years earlier in 2000.

10. Giants: Eli Apple – CB – Ohio St.

Eli Apple had four interceptions in college. Those four picks were made off of quarterbacks Michael Brewer of Virginia Tech, Caleb Rowe of Maryland, Marcus Mariota of Oregon, and Drew Hare of Northern Illinois.

11. Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves – CB – Florida

Vernon Hargreaves played in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game highlighting the best high school football players in the nation. He was named the MVP of the game.

12. Saints: Sheldon Rankins – DL – Louisville

When the Saints took Sheldon Rankins with the 12th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, he became the fourth highest player ever selected in the draft out of Louisville. The only players selected higher than him were Lenny Lyles with the 11th pick by the Colts in 1958, Amobi Okoye with the 10th pick by the Texans in 2007, and Ken Kortas with the 9th pick by the Cardinals in 1964.

13. Dolphins: Laremy Tunsil – OT – Ole Miss

Offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil scored one touchdown during his college career. It came in his final game, near the end of the first half, when he caught a lateral pass on a tackle-eligible play in the Sugar Bowl.

14. Raiders: Karl Joseph – S – West Virginia

During his four seasons of college football, Karl Joseph racked up a total of nine interceptions. One third of those, a total of three, came in one game, a 2015 West Virginia win over Georgia Southern.

15. Browns: Corey Coleman – WR – Baylor

The most touchdowns Corey Coleman would score in a game came in a 2015 Baylor win over Lamar when he caught six passes for 182 yards and four touchdowns.

16. Lions: Taylor Decker – OT – Ohio St.

Coming out of Butler High School in Vandalia, Ohio, Taylor Decker originally committed to Notre Dame to play college football before later changing to Ohio State University.

17. Falcons: Keanu Neal – S – Florida

Keanu Neal’s older rother, Clinton Hart, played in the NFL with the Eagles, Chargers, and Rams.

18. Colts: Ryan Kelly – C – Alabama

Ryan Kelly won the 2015 Rimington Trophy as the best center in college football. He was the second Alabama player to win the award after Barrett Jones in 2012.

19. Bills: Shaq Lawson – DE – Clemson

Between high school and college, Shaq Lawson spent one year attending Hargrave Military Academy. Other notable names who have attended this academy include basketball coach Larry Brown, NASCAR driver Ward Burton, NBA player Josh Howard, NBA player David West, NFL player DJ Ware, MLB player Jon Nunnally, NFL player Torry Holt, NFL player Jared Gaither, NFL player Martavis Bryant, and NFL player Zach Brown.

20. Jets: Darron Lee – LB – Ohio St.

Darron Lee is the sixth linebacker the Jets have ever picked in the first round of the NFL Draft. The first five were Michael Taylor in 1972, Bob Crable in 1982, Marvin Jones in 1993, James Farrior in 1997, and Jonathan Vilma in 2004.

21. Texans: Will Fuller – WR – Notre Dame

The most TD passes Will Fuller ever caught in a game at Notre Dame was three. He did this twice, first in 2014 in a loss to Northwestern and then again in 2015 in a win over Pitt.

22. Washington: Josh Doctson – WR – TCU

Josh Doctson began his college football career in 2011 with the University of Wyoming where he wore jersey number 89. He finished his time in college at TCU from 2013 to 2015 where he wore jersey number 9.

23. Vikings: Laquon Treadwell – WR – Ole Miss

When the Vikings selected Laquon Treadwell in 2016 it was the seventh time they’d taken a wide receiver in the first round of the NFL Draft. The first six receivers they’d used first round picks on were Jack Snow in 1965, Gene Washington in 1967, Randy Moss in 1998, Troy Williamson in 2005, Percy Harvin in 2009, and Cordarrelle Patterson in 2013.

24. Bengals: William Jackson – CB – Houston

Prior to coming to the University of Houston for his sophomore season, William Jackson played his freshman year of college football at Trinity Valley Community College.

25. Steelers: Artie Burns – CB – Miami

Artie Burns is a two time USA Today track & field All-American (2011 and 2012), specializing in running the hurdles.

26. Broncos: Paxton Lynch – QB – Memphis

Prior to selecting Paxton Lynch with the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos had used that pick three times in their history. They used it in 1962 to pick quarterback John Furman out of UTEP. They then used it in 1985 to select running back Steve Sewell out of Oklahoma. Finally, they used it in 1988 to pick nose tackle Ted Gregory out of Syracuse.

27. Packers: Kenny Clark – DT – UCLA

Kenny Clark is just the fourth UCLA defensive lineman taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. The first three were Bill Sandifer in 1974, Manu Tuiasosopo in 1979, and Datone Jones in 2013.

28. 49ers: Joshua Garnett – OG – Stanford

Joshua Garnett’s father, Scott Garnett, played football at the University of Washington and went on to see action as a defensive lineman in the NFL with the Broncos, Chargers, 49ers, and Bills.

29. Cardinals: Robert Nkemdiche – DL – Ole Miss

Defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche scored three touchdowns during his college football career, all of them on offense. All three scoring plays came during 2015, first on a 31 yard reception against Tennessee-Martin, and then on one yard touchdown runs against Fresno State and Vanderbilt.

30. Panthers: Vernon Butler – DT – Louisiana Tech

Vernon Butler was just the fourth player ever selected in the first round of the NFL Draft out of Louisiana Tech. Two of the first three, Terry Bradshaw and Willi Roaf, would end up in the Hall of Fame. The other was Pro-Bowler Roger Carr who put together a 10 year career.

31. Seahawks: Germain Ifedi – OT – Texas A&M

Germain Ifedi is the third Texas A&M player the Seahawks have ever used a first round pick on in the NFL Draft. The first two were Jacob Green and Sam Adams.

Five Little Known Facts About Mike Tomczak

Mike Tomczak had a successful college football career and then went on to make his mark with a number of NFL teams, beginning with the Chicago Bears. He made a lot of fans along the way who enjoyed his style of play and his abilities. Here are five little known facts about Mike Tomczak.

-During his NFL career, Mike Tomczak saw time on the rosters of five NFL teams. He played for the Bears from 1985 to 1990, the Packers in 1991, the Browns in 1992, the Steelers from 1993 to 1999, and with the Lions in 2000. Though signed by Detroit in 2000 and appearing on the roster, Tomczak was not with the team during the regular season. He had broken his leg in a preseason game.

-Mike Tomczak was the winning quarterback in the first 10 NFL games he started in his career.

-Mike Tomczak threw 88 touchdown passes in the NFL. They were caught by 35 different receivers. The player who caught more of them than any other was Andre Hastings of the Steelers with a total of seven.

-Mike Tomczak topped the 300 yard passing mark six times during his career. He did so once with the Bears, once with the Packers, once with the Browns, and three times with the Steelers.

-Before retiring following the 2000 season, Mike Tomczak was the last member of the Super Bowl winning 1985 Bears team still playing in the NFL.

Quarterbacks Selected In The NFL Draft From The University Of The Pacific

The University of the Pacific is a private college location in Stockton, California. The Pacific Tigers football team began play in 1895. They have had a number of great players over the years and played in some big contests. 1995 was the last year of Pacific Tigers football. Quarterback is the most visible position on the football team. Here is a look at the quarterbacks drafted into the NFL out of the University of Pacific over the years.

Eddie LeBaron – 1950 – Redskins – 10th Round
Eddie LeBaron was drafted by the Redskins in 1950, but due to his military commitment and responsibilities during the Korean War did not join the team until 1952. He played two seasons with the Redskins before jumping to the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL for a year. He then returned the next year in 1954 to Washington where he played until 1959. LeBaron finished his career with four seasons as quarterback of a brand new team in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys. He finished his career with 104 touchdowns passes in the NFL.

Bob Lee – 1968 – Vikings – 17th Round
Bob Lee was taken by the Vikings in the 1968 NFL Draft, with the 441st overall pick in the 17th round. He not only played quarterback during his career, but also served as the team’s punter too. He played four seasons with the Vikings at the start of his career before moving on and playing two seasons with the Falcons. He returned to the Vikings in 1975 for another four seasons. Bob Lee then finished his NFL career with two seasons with the Los Angeles Rams.

Carlos Brown – 1975 – Packers – 12th Round
Carlos Brown came out of Pacific in 1975 where he was taken in the 12th round of the 1975 NFL Draft. He played two seasons with the Packers, getting three starts in the 1976 season and threw three TD passes during his career. They were caught by Barry Smith, Ken Payne, and Ollie Smith.

Paul Berner – 1985 – Chargers – 9th Round
Paul Berner was a standout for Pacific in the early 1980s, setting several school records. He was drafted in the 9th round of the 1985 NFL Draft by the Chargers. He failed to stick in the NFL.

Craig Whelihan – 1995 – Chargers – 6th Round
1995 saw University of the Pacific quarterback Craig Whelihan drafted in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the Chargers. He had a long pro football career that saw him spend four seasons with the Chargers and also spend time on the offseason roster of the Raiders. He went on to play with several XFL, UFL, and Arena Football League teams including the Memphis Maniax, Chicago Enforcers, Orlando Predators, Indiana Firebirds, Las Vegas Gladiators, and San Jose SaberCats.

The Favorite Receiver Of The Green Bay Packers Bart Starr

During the 1960’s, Bart Starr was one of the biggest names in football. He was the starting quarterback for the great Green Bay Packers teams of that era and will always be held in high esteem by fans of the team. The Packers of the 1960’s won multiple championships and many players, coaches, and fans attribute a great deal of the reason why to the man running the team on the field, Bart Starr. Starr had a slow start to his career, but after head coach Vince Lombardi got the team operating the right way, he took over and never looked back.

Here are five interesting facts about Green Bay Packers legend Bart Starr:

-No one caught more of Bart Starr’s 152 career touchdown passes than the 28 caught by Packers receiver Boyd Dowler.

-The first touchdown pass Bart Starr ever threw in his career came in a 17-16 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in November of 1956. It was a 39 yard pass in the first quarter to Billy Howton.

-The last touchdown pass of his career was a 65 yarder to John Hilton in the fourth quarter of a 20-12 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 6, 1970.

-Only four players caught one touchdown pass from Starr and then never caught another one from him: Jack Clancy, Dave Hampton, Claudis James, and Joe Johnson.

-62 of Bart Starr’s 152 total career touchdown passes, or a little over forty percent, were thrown for 30 yards or longer.

Two Rutgers Quarterbacks Have Been Selected In The NFL Draft

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team traces its history all the way back to 1869 and a contest between it and nearby Princeton. This has come to be known as the very first intercollegiate football game. Through the years, Rutgers has had some impressive teams and players. How many quarterbacks have they had taken in the NFL Draft though?

Mike McMahon – 2001 – Lions – 5th Round
Mike McMahon had a five year NFL career, playing four seasons with the Lions and one with the Eagles. He started 14 games during his career, posting an overall record of 3-11.

Mike Teel – 2009 – Seahawks – 6th Round
Mike Teel spent his entire rookie season listed as the third quarterback on the Seattle Seahawks roster with starter Matt Hasselbeck and backup Seneca Wallace ahead of him on the depth chart. He later spent time on the offseason/preseason rosters of both the New England Patriots and the Chicago Bears. 2011 saw Mike Teel begin a stint at Kean University as the quarterbacks coach.

Five Little Known Facts About San Diego Chargers Rookie Tight Ends

The San Diego Chargers seem to have always been known for their passing game. Over the years, they have had some great players at quarterback and at wide receiver. They have also had some great tight ends over the years, many coming to the team right out of the NFL Draft. Here is a look at five little known facts about San Diego Chargers rookie tight ends.

-In a win over the Raiders on December 4, 1960, in their first year in pro football, rookie tight end Dave Kocourek caught six balls for 123 yards. This made him the first Chargers rookie tight end to have a 100 yard game. It also set a single game team record for rookie tight ends that would still stand more than 50 years later.

-The most yards Chargers star tight end Antonio Gates would rack up in one game as a rookie was the 117 he had on five receptions in a 2003 loss to the Packers.

-The 431 yards put up by Howard Clark during the 1960 AFL season, the Chargers first year in football would be a team record for rookie tight ends that would stand until 1997. That season saw the record broken by Freddie Jones when he amassed 505 receiving yards from the tight end spot as a rookie.

-Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow’s best game as a rookie with the Chargers came in a 1979 win over the 49ers when he hauled in seven passes for 72 yards and a touchdown.

-Alfred Pupunu played tight end for the Chargers from 1992 to 1999. As a rookie, he caught no passes.

Opening Day 300 Yard Passing Performances For The Seattle Seahawks

The 300 yard game is still one of the most popular yardsticks in deciding if a quarterback has had a great performance on the field or not. This is hard to do in Week 1 of the season too, for a number of reasons. The Seahawks have experienced a lot of success, especially recently, but how many 300 yard games have quarterbacks for the Seahawks had in that all important first game of the season.

September 3, 1978
The first 300 yard game on opening weekend in Seattle Seahawks history came on September 3, 1978 in the third year of the team’s existence. The result of the game was a 24-20 loss to the Chargers. That day saw quarterback Jim Zorn complete 21 of 32 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns. Those touchdown passes were caught by Sherman Smith and Steve Largent.

September 8, 2013
The second 300 yard game in the first game of the season in Seahawks history came on September 8, 2013. In that game, a 12-7 win over the Panthers, quarterback Russell Wilson completed 25 of 33 passes for 320 yards and a touchdown. The lone TD pass was thrown to Jermaine Kearse.