The New York Jets Career Leader In Fumbles

Nobody wants to ever lead their team in fumbles. Whether it’s an all time record or a single season mark, it’s just not the kind of team record you want to see your name against. It’s not always all negative though, to be some team’s leader in fumbles you do have to have a lengthy career, which means you are pretty darn good.

Let’s look at the career leader in fumbles for the New York Jets.

The first true national star that the Jets had was Joe Namath. He’d led the team in passing for several years, put the Jets on the map, and of course famously correctly predicted a Super Bowl victory too. By the time he left the team following the 1976 season, he was also the career leader in fumbles for the Jets with a total of 31 fumbles in his 12 years of play.

Joe Namath didn’t hold the record for long though. Richard Todd succeeded him as the quarterback of the Jets and by the time he had left the team following the 1983 season, his 41 career fumbles in a Jets uniform were the most in team history.

It seemed appropriate then that the man who inherited the Jets quarterback job from Richard Todd should also overtake him in career fumbles. That’s just what happened too as after he left the team in 1992, Ken O’Brien was the career leader in fumbles for the Jets with a huge total of 68.

First NFL Game: Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson came out of college as one of the most highly touted running backs in history. The Vikings selected him with the seventh overall pick in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft, and great expectations were thrust upon him. With multiple Pro Bowl games made and being named All-Pro multiple times, as well as developing into a league leading rusher, Peterson went a long way towards fulfilling those high expectations. Every player, no matter how good or bad, has a first game though. What happened during Adrian Peterson’s first NFL game?

Adrian Peterson took the field in the NFL for the first time at home in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on Sunday, September 9, 2007 when Minnesota welcomed the visiting Atlanta Falcons. Peterson was the first to touch the ball that day when he returned the opening kickoff 22 yards. This made special teams player Tony Taylor of the Falcons the first player to ever tackle Adrian Peterson in the NFL. Taylor only played that one season in his career and he left the game with just 11 total tackles. Peterson did not carry the ball during that first series of play, but upon regaining control after a Falcons punt, he took his first NFL handoff and ran left 13 yards. He then went on to productive runs throughout the rest of the first half. Heading into halftime with the Vikings leading 7-0 and Peterson having gained 40 yards on the ground.

Adrian Peterson’s first carry in the second half went to the right and was good for 12 yards as the second half set off to be much like the first. With the Vikings leading 10-3 in the middle of the fourth quarter, and Peterson having just been stopped for a loss for the first time in his career on the previous play, a significant event was about to happen. Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson completed a short pass off to the right flat that was caught by Peterson who then turned it into a 60 yard scoring play. This was his first NFL reception, first NFL touchdown, and first NFL play of 50 yards or more. When the game ended, the Vikings held on to a 24-3 lead and Adrian Peterson got his first win in the NFL.

Peterson finished the day with 19 carries for 103 yards. He also caught the one pass for 60 yards and a touchdown. Not a bad way to start an NFL career.

Have The Miami Dolphins Given Up Any 300 Yard Games To A Rookie Quarterback?

The measure of a good game for a quarterback is accumulating 300 yards passing. The Miami Dolphins have had some great defenses over the years but have they ever given up a 300 yard passing game to an opposing rookie quarterback? Yes, they have.

In 1970, the Dolphins would beat the Buffalo Bills 33-14 and in the process Bills’ rookie quarterback Dennis Shaw would go 24 of 32 for 348 yards and two touchdowns.

On January 2nd, 1994, Drew Bledsoe would lead the New England Patriots to a 33-27 win over the Dolphins in the last game of the season when he went 27 of 43 for 329 yards with four touchdowns.

The Dolphins would defeat the Indianapolis Colts 24-15 in 1998, but rookie Peyton Manning showed some of his promise as he went 21 of 37 for 302 yards and one touchdown.

On November 4, 2012, the Indianapolis Colts and their highly touted rookie quarterback Andrew Luck would go up against the Dolphins. Luck would finish the game with 30completions on 48 attempts for 433 yards and two touchdowns.

10 Fun Facts About The Touchdown Passes Of Tom Brady

Tom Brady is a great quarterback who has accomplished a great deal during his career, both on an individual level as well as with his team. He’s done this through leadership, athleticism, and his ability to throw touchdown passes. Here are some fun facts about Tom Brady’s touchdown passes.

-The first TD pass Tom Brady ever threw was caught by Terry Glenn and went for 21 yards.

-The first player to catch two TD passes from Tom Brady in the NFL was Jermaine Wiggins.

-The first player to catch three TD passes from Tom Brady in the NFL was David Patten.

-Tom Brady’s first TD pass of 50 yards or more in the NFL was a 91 yarder to David Patten.

-David Patten also caught Tom Brady’s first postseason TD pass, an eight yarder in a win over the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.

-When Tom Brady threw 50 TD passes in 2007, it not only established a new NFL record, it was also 22 more than he had ever thrown in one season.

-The first team Tom Brady would throw 50 TD passes against during his career was the Buffalo Bills.

-The first player who would catch more than 30 TD passes from Tom Brady during his career was Randy Moss.

-The first player who would catch more than 50 TD passes from Tom Brady during his career was Rob Gronkowski.

-At one point in the 2011 season, Tom Brady threw five consecutive TD passes to Rob Gronkowski without completing one to anyone else on the team. This included one one in a win over the Eagles, two in a win over the Colts, and another two in a win over the Redskins.

The Best Rookie Quarterbacks In Miami Dolphins History

It seems like the Miami Dolphins are always known for having one of the best passing games in the league. They’ve had some pretty good players over the years at the position of quarterback. Rookie quarterbacks don’t always have the easiest time in the NFL, but who have been the best rookie quarterbacks in Miami Dolphins history?

#5 – 1966 – George Wilson
In 1966, George Wilson was not only the rookie starting quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, but also the head coach’s son. He would complete 46 of 112 passes for 764 yards and five touchdowns.

#4 – 1980 – David Woodley
David Woodley had big shoes to fill with the end of Bob Griese’s career looming over the team. He would complete 176 of 327 passes for 1,850 yards and 14 touchdowns.

#3 – 1967 – Bob Griese
Bob Griese was much heralded coming out of college and he really lived up to expectations. That rookie season in 1967 would see him complete 166 of 331 passes for 2,005 yards and 15 touchdowns.

#2 – 1983 – Dan Marino
It probably comes as no surprise to see Hall of Famer Dan Marino near the top of this list. In 1983, a 22 year old Marino would complete 173 of 296 passes in just nine starts while racking up 2,210 yards and 20 touchdowns.

#1 – 2012 – Ryan Tannehill
2012 saw Ryan Tannehill, selected 8th overall in the NFL Draft out of Texas A&M, have a great year for the Dolphins. That first year he completed 282 of 484 passes for 3,294 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also had an added dimension as he ran the ball 49 times for 211 yards and two touchdowns.

10 Fun Facts About The Touchdown Passes Of Vince Ferragamo

Vince Ferragamo came out of the University of Nebraska with high hopes for a great NFL career. In his third season, he led the underdog Los Angeles Rams all the was to Super Bowl XIV, falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers. After just three seasons in the league, he left for a year with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He returned to the Rams and the NFL the next year. Here is a look at 10 fun facts about the TD passes he threw.

-Vince Ferragamo threw 76 TD passes while playing in the NFL.

-Vince Ferragamo threw 70 touchdown passes with the Rams, five with the Buffalo Bills, and one with the Green Bay Packers.

-The first TD pass Vince Ferragamo threw in the NFL went for 17 yards in the fourth quarter of a Rams loss to the Redskins in 1977. It was caught by Terry Nelson.

-The longest touchdown pass Vince Ferragamo threw in the NFL went for 85 yards in a Rams loss to the Lions and was caught by Willie Miller.

-Vince Ferragamo threw touchdown passes to two different players during his career who would go on to make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Eric Dickerson and Andre Reed.

-Of his 76 career touchdown passes, Vince Ferragamo threw 47 at home and 29 on the road.

-Vince Ferragamo threw eight TD passes on Monday Night Football.

-Vince Ferragamo threw more of his touchdown passes in the second quarter, a total of 25, than he did in any other quarter of play. He also threw 17 in the first quarter, 16 in the third quarter, and 18 in the fourth quarter.

-The player who caught more of Vince Ferragamo’s touchdown passes than anyone else was Preston Dennard with 13.

-Vince Ferragamo threw more touchdown passes against the 49ers during his career, a total of 17, than he did against any other team in the league.

Five Fun Facts About Thomas Rawls of the Seattle Seahawks

Thomas Rawls came out of nowhere in 2015 to pick up the slack when Marshawn Lynch struggled with a string of minor injuries. Every team in the NFL passed on him but in his limited opportunities, he made a number of people around the league regret that decision. Here is a look at five fun facts about this little known player who has opened the eyes of Seahawks fans.

Two Different Teams

Thomas Rawls played college football at two different schools. He played from 2011 to 2013 for the University of Michigan and then in 2014 for Central Michigan University.

Fifth Seahawks Rookie Ever

In a September 27, 2015 win over the Bears, Thomas Rawls ran the ball 16 times for 104 yards. This made him just the fifth different Seahawks rookie ever to have a 100 yard game. The first four to do it before him were Sherman Smith, Curt Warner, Ahman Green, and Robert Turbin.

Everyone Remembers Their First

The first touchdown Thomas Rawls would score in the NFL came on a 69 yard run in the third quarter of a 2015 loss to the Bengals.

That First Carry

The first time Thomas Rawls carried the ball in the NFL was in the first quarter of the very first game of his rookie season in 2015. He was actually the fourth Seahawks player to get a rushing attempt in the opening series of this loss to the Rams, following Marshawn Lynch, Fred Jackson, and Russell Wilson. On his first carry, Rawls went off left guard and gained one yard. He was tackled by William Hayes of St. Louis.

That First Catch

The first time Thomas Rawls caught a pass in an NFL game was in a 2015 win over the Lions. It came in the third quarter on a second and four when Russell Wilson tossed one to him for a loss of one yard.

Oregon Ducks Quarterbacks Taken In The NFL Draft

The Oregon Ducks are one of the more popular college football teams in the entire country. They’ve had some very successful seasons and of course put their fair share of players into the NFL. The highest profile position in football is the quarterback. Let’s take a look at the quarterbacks who have been drafted into the NFL from the University of Oregon.

Norm Van Brocklin – 1949 – Rams – 4th Round

George Shaw – 1955 – Colts – 1st Round

Dave Grosz – 1960 – Eagles – 12th Round

Bob Berry – 1964 – Eagles – 11th Round

Mike Brundage – 1966 – Steelers – 17th Round

Dan Fouts – 1973 – Chargers – 3rd Round

Bill Musgrave – 1991 – Cowboys – 4th Round

Tony Graziani – 1997 – Falcons – 7th Round

Akili Smith – 1999 – Bengals – 1st Round

A.J. Feeley – 2001 – Eagles – 5th Round

Joey Harrington – 2002 – Lions – 1st Round

Kellen Clemens – 2006 – Jets – 2nd Round

Dennis Dixon – 2008 – Steelers – 5th Round

Marcus Mariota – 2015 – Titans – 1st Round

Now some information on the achievements of some of those Oregon Duck quarterbacks who went on to the NFL.

The most touchdown passes: Dan Fouts with 254

In the Hall of Fame: Norm Van Brocklin and Dan Fouts

The post passing yards: Dan Fouts

The first team to take two Oregon quarterbacks in the NFL Draft: Philadelphia (1960 & 1964)

The first time Oregon quarterbacks were draft in back to back years: 2001 (A.J. Feeley) and 2002 (Joey Harrington)

Most Pro Bowl appearances: Norm Van Brocklin (9)

Most rushing yards: Chris Miller (814)

Five Fun Facts About Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy

The Green Bay Packers have been known for having some of the most notable head coaches in league history, including names like Curly Lambeau, Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr, Forrest Gregg, and Mike Holmgren. 2006 saw the Packers get a new head coach by the name of Mike McCarthy. Here is a look at five fun facts about this wildly successful football coach.

On The Field

Baker University is an NAIA school located in Baldwin City, Kansas. It is there that Mike McCarthy not only attended college, but also played football. He was a two year starter and all-conference tight end. He was inducted into the Baker Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.

First Assignments

Mike McCarthy’s first coaching job was as a graduate assistant at Fort Hays State University. His first full time coaching job was as the quarterbacks coach at the University of Pittsburgh. His first NFL coaching job was as offensive assistant/quality control with the Chiefs at the age of 30.

One Year With The Packers

Following a four year stint as quarterback coach with the Chiefs from 1995 to 1998 and preceding a five year stint as offensive coordinator for the Saints from 2000 to 2004, Mike McCarthy spent one single year as the quarterback coach of the Packers.

That First Win… And First Loss

The Packers would finish the 2006 season, Mike McCarthy’s first with the team, with an 8-8 record. McCarthy got his first win in his third game when the Packers beat the Lions by the score of 31-24. He’d experienced his first loss as a head coach in his first game ever when Green Bay lost to Chicago by the score of 26-0. This was the first of two shutouts the Packers would suffer that year.

His Very First Challenge

The first challenge Mike McCarthy ever tried as an NFL head coach came in his very first game, that loss to the Bears. Packers kick returner Noah Herron had fumbled a kickoff that was recovered by the Bears. After review, the call on the field was upheld.

Rookie Running Backs Who Have Had 100 Yard Games Against The Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns have a long and proud history. They have had some great years and some great defenses. Breaking the 100 yard rushing mark is a big accomplishment for anyone but especially for a rookie. How many rookies have had 100 yard rushing games against the Browns though?

Since 1960 and through the 2014 season there have been 24 100 yard games against the Browns by rookies.

Fun Facts:

-The youngest rookie to ever have a 100 yard game against the Browns was Jamal Lewis who did so while with the Ravens when he was 21 years and 89 days old. He would later go on to play for the Browns.

-The oldest rookie to go over 100 yards rushing in a game against the Browns was Mike Anderson of the Broncos who did so in 2000 at the age of 27 years and 24 days old.

-In 1995, Curtis Martin became the first and so far only rookie to ever gain 100 or more yards rushing against the Browns on opening day.

-Pro Football Hall of Fame member Franco Harris of the Steelers was the first rookie to have two 100 yard games against the Browns during his rookie year.

-In 1999, Saints rookie running back Ricky Williams put up the most rushing yards by a first year player ever in a game against the Browns when he ran the ball 40 times for 179 yards.

-Some of the notable names to have 100 yard games against the Browns as rookies include Ricky Williams, Ray Rice, Barry Sanders, Franco Harris, Chris Johnson, Edgerrin James, Curtis Martin, LaDainian Tomlinson, Jeremy Hill, and Chris Johnson.