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.



The Best Washington Redskins Rookie Quarterbacks Of All Time




The Washington Redskins began way back in 1932 in Boston and have had a number of great players, coaches, and participated in so many great games over the years. They’ve had some great quarterbacks over the years too. Succeeding as a rookie quarterback in the NFL is tough. Here is a look at the best rookie quarterbacks in Washington Redskins history.

#5 – 1952 – Eddie LeBaron

At the age of 22 in 1952, Eddie LeBaron would complete 96 of 194 passes for 1,420 yards and 14 touchdowns.

#4 – 2002 – Patrick Ramsey

In 2002, Patrick Ramsey would complete 117 of 227 passes for 1,539 yards and nine touchdowns.

#3 – 1988 – Mark Rypien

Mark Rypien would come out of Washington State University in 1988, and though he would just start six games for the Redskins, he would see action in nine total games and put up very good numbers. He finished the year with 114 completions on 208 attempts for 1,730 yards and 18 touchdowns.

#2 – 1961 – Norm Snead

In 1961, a 22 year old Norm Snead would start all 14 games the Redskins would play, and he would complete 172 of 375 passes for 2,337 yards and 11 touchdowns.

#1 – 2012 – Robert Griffin III

2012 saw the Redskins turn the team over to Robert Griffin III. He would go 9-6 as the starter while completing 258 of 393 passes for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns, and just five interceptions.


Who Has The Most 100 Yard Rushing Games In NFL History?



When it comes to evaluating running backs in the National Football League, one of the most used measuring sticks is the 100 yard game. For a running back to gain more than 100 yards against their opponent in one game means that they were at least very successful and at most dominating against them. Many great players have put up 100 yard games over the years, but so have mediocre running backs on occasion too. It takes a truly great football career though to put up 100 yard rushing games consistently over a long career.

Of all the great running backs who have played in the National Football League over the years, who has had more 100 yard rushing games than anyone else?

The answer shouldn’t surprise most football fans, it is none other than Emmitt Smith. Smith is the career leader in most running back and rushing categories, including most yards gained in history. Over the course of his career, he broke the 100 rushing yard barrier in 78 games. He did this mostly with the Dallas Cowboys, although his time with the Arizona Cardinals also added to this mark

Here is the rest of the top five in the category of most 100 yard rushing games in a player’s career.

1. Emmitt Smith – 78
2. Walter Payton – 77
3. Barry Sanders – 76
4. Eric Dickerson – 64
5. Jerome Bettis – 61

Just missing this list, and tied in 6th position with 57 career 100 yard rushing games, are Edgerrin James and Curtis Martin.

The Winningest Quarterbacks in Cincinnati Bengals History



The Cincinnati Bengals came into the league in 1968 and have seen their team be led by a number of quarterbacks. Who has picked up the most wins as the starting quarterback for the team over the years?

The winningest quarterback in Bengals history was Ken Anderson. Anderson played for the team from 1971 to 1986 and appeared in 192 games. He finished his career with 91 wins and 81 losses. He also completed 2,654 of 4,475 passes for 32,838 yards, 197 touchdowns, and 160 interceptions.

Ken Anderson – 91
Boomer Esiason – 62
Andy Dalton – 47 (currently playing)
Carson Palmer – 46
Jeff Blake – 25
Jon Kitna – 18
Virgil Carter – 12


Rice Owls Quarterbacks Who Have Been Selected In The NFL Draft



The Rice University Owls have been playing football for a very long time. Over the years they’ve had some great teams and produced some fine football players too, even at the highly sought after position of quarterback. What Rice Owls quarterbacks have been selected in the NFL Draft though?

Charley Eikenberg – 1945 – Yanks – 18th Round
Charley Eikenberg sat deep on the roster of the 1948 Cardinals but was able to start one game. He threw three TD passes that day. It was the only touchdown passes he would throw in pro football.

Tobin Rote – 1950 – Packers – 2nd Round
Tobin Rote was drafted by Green Bay in the second round of the 1950 NFL Draft. He played with the Packers for seven years, followed by a three year stint with the Lions. He then went north of the border for three seasons with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. He came back in 1963 for two seasons with the Chargers and one final year of pro football with the Broncos.

King Hill – 1958 – Cardinals – 1st Round
Rice’s King Hill was the number one overall pick of the 1958 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons with the Cardinals before playing over seven with the Eagles. He finished his career with a partial season with the Vikings before going back to the Cardinals for a final season of pro football in 1969.

Frank Ryan – 1958 – Rams – 5th Round
Frank Ryan started his career out with four seasons with the Rams. He then moved on to play for the Cleveland Browns for seven seasons where he had the luxury for many years of handing the ball off to the great Jim Brown.

Tommy Kramer – 1977 – Vikings – 1st Round
After being selected with the 27th overall pick of the first round in the 1977 NFL Draft, Tommy Kramer spent 13 of his 14 NFL seasons with the Vikings. After one final year with the Saints, Tommy Kramer retired following the 1990 season.

Donald Hollas – 1991 – Bengals – 4th Round
From 1991 to 1994, Donald Hollas played for the Cincinnati Bengals. He then spent time in the training camps of a couple of teams, and even played in the Arena Football League, before spending the 1997 and 1998 seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

Of note:

-In 1958, the Rice Owls actually had two quarterbacks taken in the draft in the same year, King Hill and Frank Ryan.