Five Things You May Not Know About Jason Pierre-Paul



Jason Pierre-Paul has made a huge impact on the New York Giants since he entered the league in 2010. His presence in the game has been instrumental in the team getting some of its biggest wins. Here are five things you may not know about this great, great player.

Late Bloomer

Jason Pierre-Paul didn’t take up football until his junior year in high school. He had been a basketball player for many years.

Two Colleges

Jason Pierre-Paul came into the NFL out of the University of South Florida. Prior to attending there he had played at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas.

First Touchdown

Jason Pierre-Paul scored his first NFL touchdown on October 28, 2012 in a win over the Cowboys when he intercepted Tony Romo and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown.

First QB Sack

The first quarterback Jason Pierre-Paul sacked in his NFL career was David Garrard of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2010.

That Jersey Number

Jason Pierre-Paul wears jersey number 90 for the New York Giants. Others who have worn that number for the team in the past include Jack Golden, Kenny Holmes, Chris Jones, Ryan Kuehl, and Corey Widmer.

Five Things You May Not Know About Derek Carr



Derek Carr came out of Fresno State, just like his older brother and former NFL quarterback David, with high hopes surrounding him and his pro football career. His rookie season was 2014 and after being taken in the second round of the NFL Draft that year by the Raiders, he attracted a lot of notice from around the league.

Here is a look at five things you may not know about quarterback Derek Carr.

That College Jersey

Derek Carr chose jersey number 4 while playing quarterback at Fresno State. He made this choice because it was the jersey number worn by his favorite NFL player, Brett Favre.

Derek Carr’s First Game

Derek Carr was the starting quarterback for the Raiders in Week 1 of his rookie season. That game was a 19-14 loss to the New York Jets and saw Carr complete 20 of 32 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown.

Derek Carr’s First Sack

The first player to sack quarterback Derek Carr in the NFL was Dawan Landry for an 11 yard loss.

The Most As A Rookie

The most touchdowns Derek Carr threw for in a game as a rookie was the four he connected on in a loss to the Chargers in the fifth game of the 2014 season. Those were completed to Andre Holmes (2), James Jones, and Brice Butler.

A New Raiders Record

On October 30th, 2016, Derek Carr helped lead the Raiders to a win over the Buccaneers by the score of 30-24. In the process, he completed 40 of 59 passes for 513 yards and four touchdowns. This was the first time a Raiders quarterback had thrown for more than 500 yards in a game. It broke the old team record set in 1964 by Cotton Davidson when he threw for 427 yards in a win over the Broncos.

The Purdue Boilermakers Quarterbacks Who Have Been Selected In The NFL Draft



Purdue University has put out quite a few top quality football payers over the years. How many quarterbacks have they had taken in the NFL Draft though?

Bob DeMoss – 1949 – NY Yanks – 2nd Round

Dale Samuels – 1953 – Cardinals – 3rd Round

Len Dawson – 1957 – Steelers – 1st Round

Bob Griese – 1967 – Dolphins – 1st Round

Mike Phipps – 1970 – Browns – 1st Round

Bo Brobrowski – 1974 – Colts – 12th Round

Craig Nagel – 1976 – Browns – 9th Round

Mark Vitali – 1977 – Chiefs – 10th Round

Mark Herrmann – 1981 – Broncos – 4th Round

Scott Campbell – 1984 – Steelers – 7th Round

Jim Everett – 1986 – Oilers – 1st Round

Drew Brees – 2001 – Chargers – 2nd Round

Kyle Orton – 2005 – Bears – 4th Round

Curtis Painter – 2009 – Colts – 6th Round

Of note:

-Between 1957 and 1970, Purdue had a string of three straight quarterbacks not only selected in the first round, but within the first five picks of the draft.

25 Fun Facts About The Miami Orange Bowl



Though it is long gone now, the Miami Orange Bowl was a great place to watch some football. Here is a look at some interesting info and fun facts about this important football venue.

-The stadium opened in 1937 and for the first 22 years of its life was known as Burdine Stadium.

-Burdine Stadium had been named after Roddy Burdine, an early Miami resident and prominent businessman. He was the owner of Burdines Department Store, a regionally famous and very popular store in the state.

-The Miami Orange Bowl was the site of the 1987 NWA Great American Bash professional wrestling supercard.

-The stadium has been home to two college football teams. The University of Miami Hurricanes played home games there from 1937 to 2007. The Florida International University football team used the facility as its home stadium in 2007 while it was having its own stadium being built.

-The stadium’s official date of demolshment was May 14th, 2008.

-The Orange Bowl was home to one of the better boxing matches of the early 1980’s when Aaron Pryor defeated Alexis Arguello by TKO there in the 14th round on Novembmer 12th, 1982. Roberto Duran was also victorious on the very same night.

-Now that the Miami Orange Bowl has been demolished, a new baseball stadium for Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins will be built where it once stood.

-A great many musical acts appeared at the Miami Orange Bowl over the years including David Bowie, The Police, Prince, Foreigner, The Rolling Stones, Genesis, Madonna, George Michael, Metallica, The Eagles, The Jacksons, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, U2, Jimmy Buffet, Pink Floyd, Van Halen, Scorpions, and AC/DC.

-In the late 1950’s the local minor league baseball team that also played as the Miami Marlins played some home games at the Miami Orange Bowl.

-The Miami Orange Bowl was featured in the 1977 film Black Sunday and much of the footage shot was filmed during Super Bowl X.

-The 1994 Jim Carrey comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective features a number of shots of the Orange Bowl throughout it.

-The stadium featured natural grass from 1937 to 1969. It then switched to a PolyTurf surface from 1970 to 1975. In 1976 and until it was demolished, the stadium had moved back to having a natural grass surface.

-The Dallas Cowboys lost three of the five Super Bowls played at the Miami Orange Bowl.

-The owner and operator of the Miami Orange Bowl was the City of Miami.

-The Miami Orange Bowl hosted one Canadian Football League game during its history. In 1995 there was an exhibition game held there between the Birmingham Barracudas and the Baltimore Stallions.

-The Miami Dolphins played their home games in the stadium from their first season in football all the way to 1986 when they left to go occupy their own brand new stadium then known as Joe Robbie Stadium.

-The Miami Seahawks were a failed one year entrant in the All American Football Conference in 1946 and they were the the city’s first major professional team and the first pro football team to call the Orange Bowl home.

-The 1975 NFL Pro Bowl Game was played at the Orange Bowl where the NFC won 17-10 and Rams quarterback James Harris was awarded the MVP trophy.

-The Miami Orange Bowl hosted five different Super Bowls; II, II, V, X, and XIII.

-Super Bowl V at the Orange Bowl was the first Super Bowl played on artificial turf.

-Two soccer teams called the Orange Bowl home. From 1972 to 1976 it was the home of the Miami Toros and then from 1988 to 1992 it was the home of the Miami Freedom.

-The Orange Bowl was home to the nation’s longest home winning streak in college football. From 1985 to 1994, the Miami Hurricanes were victorious in 58 straight home games there.

-The stadium had earlier been a part of another famous winning streak. It was the home stadium and the site of half the team’s wins during the famous 1972 Miami Dolphins perfect season.

-From 1938 to 1973, the Miami Orange Bowl was the location where the North-South Shrine Game was played.

-The final professional football game to be played in the Miami Orange Bowl happened in 2000. It was a game from the short lived Spring Football League and featured the visiting San Antonio Matadors defeating the hometown Miami Tropics.

Jay Ajayi: One Season – Three Great Games



At Boise State in 2013 and 2014, running back Jay Ajayi proved himself by gaining first 1,425 yards and then 1,823 yards, respectively. The Miami Dolphins then selected him 149th overall in the 5th round of the 2015 NFL Draft. As a rookie in 2015 he wasn’t used a great deal, seeing his heaviest workload in the second to last game of the season when he carried the ball nine times.

2016 looked to start the same way as the Dolphins started the year off with former Texans star Arian Foster as their main guy in the backfield. When the year ended though, Jay Ajayi not only had a great season, but three truly great games.

Game 1: Miami vs. Pittsburgh

The Dolphins hosted the Steelers on October 16, 2016 and wound up winning the game 30-15. In the process, Jay Ajayi carried the ball 25 times for 204 yards and two touchdowns. This was the fourth 200 yard rushing game in Dolphins history and, at the time, the third highest rushing performance in team history.

Game 2: Miami vs. Buffalo

The very next week, in the 7th game of the season, the Dolphins welcomed the Bills to town and summarily beat them 28-25. In that game, Jay Ajayi turned in his second 200 yard rushing performance. Back to back 200+ yard rushing games was something Miami had never seen before. He finished that game surpassing his total from the previous week when he carried the ball 29 times for 214 yards and a touchdown.

Game 3: Miami vs. Buffalo II

In the second to last game of the 2016 season, the Miami Dolphins traveled to Buffalo to face the team that Jay Ajayi had ran for 214 yards against a couple of months earlier. The Dolphins pulled off another three point win against the Bills that day, this time winning 34-31, and Jay Ajayi had another big, big day. This time he carried the ball 32 times for 206 yards and one touchdown.

Jay Ajayi joined rare company in 2016 when he pulled off three 200 yard games in one season. Only three players had ever done that before. O.J. Simpson had three 200 yard games in 1973, Earl Campbell had four 200 yard games in 1980, and Tiki Barber had three 200 yard games in 2005.

The Dolphins have long been known as a passing team but in 2016, Jay Ajayi made them look pretty good on the ground.

Two Portland State Quarterbacks Have Been Selected In The NFL Draft



Small schools do get scouted by NFL teams and every so often a high profile position like quarterback can make a team stand up and select a player from a place that generally flies under the radar. That’s true of Portland State University too. Two quarterbacks from there have been drafted into the NFL though.

Tim Von Dulm – 1971 – Cardinals – 12th Round

Neil Lomax – 1981 – Cardinals – 2nd Round

Of note:

-Both Portland State quarterbacks who have gone through the NFL Draft process were selected by the same team, the St. Louis Cardinals.

Five Things You May Not Know About Rashaan Salaam



Rashaan Salaam had an incredible college football career and made an impact in the NFL, though he played their somewhat briefly. Sadly, on December 5, 2016, Mr. Salaam was found to have passed away.

Here are five things you may not know about Rashaan Salaam.

The Heisman Trophy

When Rashaan Salaam won the Heisman Trophy in 1994, he was the first Colorado Buffaloes player to ever win the award. He was also the first running back to have won it in six years since Barry Sanders in 1988.

That’s My Dad!

In a 1968 Bengals loss to the Broncos, Teddy Washington carried the ball one time for four yards. This was his only carry in pro football and this was Rashaan Salaam’s father.

Total Touchdowns

Rashaan Salaam scored 14 touchdowns in the NFL. The team he would score the most against was the Packers with a total of four.

One And Only TD Reception

On September 29, 1996, in a Bears win over the Raiders, Rashaan Salaam caught the one and only touchdown pass of his career. It was good from 11 yards out and was thrown to him by Dave Krieg.

100 Yard Games

During his career, Rashaan Salaam had six 100 yard rushing games. They came against the Buccaneers, Eagles, Rams, Oilers, Panthers, and Bengals. The most yards he gained in one game was 134 in a Bears win over Tampa Bay when he also scored three touchdowns.

Who Has The Most Career Touchdowns Against The Miami Dolphins?



The Dolphins are a great team but like every great team they have to go up against great players. Interested in what player has scored the most touchdowns against Miami over the years?

5th Place:
In fifth place are two Hall of Fame running backs who each scored eight touchdowns against the Dolphins over the years: Marcus Allen and Marshall Faulk.

4th Place:
In fourth place on the list of most touchdowns scored against the Dolphins is longtime Colts receiver Marvin Harrison with nine.

3rd Place:
Another receiver sits in third place on the list of most TDs scored against the Dolphins. That spot is reserved for Andre Reed of the Buffalo Bills with 10.

2nd Place:
The player who has scored the second highest total of career touchdowns against the Dolphins with a total of 11 is former Bills running back Thurman Thomas. Interestingly, Thomas finished his career with one season in Miami.

1st Place:
The player who has scored more touchdowns against Miami than anyone else though is one of the all time great running backs in the NFL. Curtis Martin spent his career with the Patriots and the Jets and ended up scoring 13 touchdowns against the Dolphins.

Five Things You May Not Know About Amari Cooper



2014 saw Amari Cooper win the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver while at the University of Alabama. He came into the NFL with high expectations and almost immediately lived up to them with his new team the Oakland Raiders. Here is a look at five things you may not know about this great receiver.

31 Touchdowns!

As a receiver in college at the University of Alabama, Amari Cooper caught 31 touchdown passes. He caught 11 in 2012, four in 2013, and 16 in 2014.

That Jersey Number

Amari Cooper wears jersey number 89 for Oakland. Other notable players who have worn that number for the team include Ronald Curry, James Jones, Trey Junkin, Alexander Wright, Bill Miller, and Gene Prebola.

First Penalty

The first penalty Amari Cooper ever committed in the NFL came in his very first game, a Raiders loss to the Bengals, when he was flagged for offensive pass interference.

First NFL Catch

The first catch Amari Cooper made in the NFL was good for a six yard gain and was thrown to him by Oakland quarterback Derek Carr.

The 11th From Who?

The first 10 TD receptions Amari Cooper had in the NFL were all thrown to him by Raiders Derek Carr. His 11th though was thrown to him by backup quarterback Connor Cook.

10 Fun Facts About 10 NFL Kickers



Kickers play a big part in NFL games. You sure know when they don’t make their kicks and you sure know when they do. It’s a high pressure job. Here are ten fun facts about ten NFL kickers.

Matt Bryant

After two seasons with the New York Giants, Matt Bryant spent 2004 playing one game with the Colts and three with the Dolphins.

Garo Yepremian

As a rookie with the Lions in 1966, Garo Yepremian set a new record by kicking six field goals in one game. He made six out of eight tries that day in a 32-31 Detroit win over Minnesota.

Morten Andersen

Morten Andersen spent two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2002 and 2003. Those years saw him lead the league in both extra points made and attempted. Those were the only years he would lead the league in those categories.

Mason Crosby

In a 22-9 win over the Lions in 2013, Mason Crosby of the Packers had his first five field goal day. He went 5-for-5 that day and added on one extra point for a total of 16 points. His made field goals were from 26, 31, 42, 45, and 52 yards away.

Steven Hauschka

Before catching on with the Seattle Seahawks in 2011, Steven Hauschka played professionally with the Vikings, Ravens, Falcons, Lions, Broncos, and even the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League.

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley kicked for the Redskins from 1974 to 1986, also spending time on the rosters of the Eagles, Oilers, and Browns. In 1982, he became the first and only placekicker to win the NFL Most Valuable Player Award.

Justin Tucker

In a 2012 Ravens win over the Browns, Justin Tucker missed the first field goal of his career. Prior to that he’d made eight straight field goals. His first miss was from 47 yards away.

George Blanda

Longtime NFL and AFL kicker George Blanda led the league in extra points made eight times. He did this once with the Bears, twice with the Oilers, and five times with the Raiders.

Stephen Gostkowski

Longtime Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski attended the University of Memphis on a baseball scholarship and was a walk-on for the football team.

Adam Vinatieri

Adam Vinatieri is the first player in NFL history to score 1000 or more points with two different teams.