Five Interesting Facts About Quarterback Drew Brees Of The New Orleans Saints

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Drew Brees is currently one of the most successful and popular quarterbacks in the National Football League. It hasn’t been an easy road to get there though for Brees. He began his career in San Diego, where questionable play and injuries led many there to lose confidence in him. When it was time for him to test the market, the only team that showed the interest in him that he deserved was the New Orleans Saints. After coming to a team that had been experiencing little success and had just been devastated right alongside its city by Hurricane Katrina, he, head coach Sean Payton, and the rest of the team worked on building the Saints into one of the best teams in the league. That goal was reached following the 2009 season when the team won the Super Bowl by defeating the Indianapolis Colts. With that victory, Brees had really come a long way.

Here are five interesting facts about the Saints quarterback, Drew Brees.

#1 – Through the 2009 NFL season, Drew Brees had accumulated significantly more touchdown passes in the second quarter during his career than in any other quarter. He had thrown 38 first quarter, 47 third quarter, and 49 fourth quarter touchdown passes. During the same period, the total number of TD passes he had thrown in the second quarter was 68.

#2 – The first touchdown pass Drew Brees ever threw in the National Football League came in week eight of the 2001 season while he was playing with the Chargers. It went for 20 yards and was caught by wide receiver Freddie Jones in the fourth quarter of a 25-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. His last touchdown pass as a Charger also came in a loss to the Chiefs, this one was in 2005 and was an 18 yarder that was caught by tight end Antonio Gates.

#3 – Through the 2009 NFL season, nobody had caught more touchdown passes from Drew Brees than wide receiver Marques Colston with 33. In second place on that list was Antonio Gates, who Brees played with in San Diego, with 23.

#4 – Seven of the first 12 touchdown passes Drew Brees threw as a member of the New Orleans Saints were caught by wide receiver Marques Colston.

#5 – Brees was the starting quarterback on his high school football team for two seasons. During that time, Westlake High School of Austin, Texas had one tie game, no losses, and 28 victories.

Five Things You Probably Don’t Know About The San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers came into football in 1960 as a member of the American Football League. The team has had some great players over the years, including LaDainian Tomlinson, Charlie Joiner, Marion Butts, Dan Fouts, Phillip Rivers, and Lance Alworth. The Chargers have also put together some great years too and experienced a good deal of success. San Diego is a great town to visit, and one of the many fun things to do while there is take in a Chargers game. Here is a look at five things you probably don’t know about the San Diego Chargers.

1. At a time when no quarterback in history had put together back-to-back 4,000 yard passing seasons, From 1979 through 1981 Chargers great Dan Fouts strung together three straight 4,000 yard seasons.

2. During the Chargers first year in professional football they played as the Los Angeles Chargers. The team relocated to San Diego the following year in 1961.

3. The 1992 San Diego Chargers were the first NFL team to start the season 0-4 and still make the playoffs.

4. When Chargers great Charlie Joiner retired in 1986 he was the last player left in the NFL who had also played in the American Football League.

5. Barron Hilton, son of Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton, was the original owner of the Chargers franchise.

The Chargers have built a successful football operation, and it doesn’t look like it is going to go downhill anytime soon. Chargers fans have a lot to be proud of and happy with in their NFL team, and they have certainly gained a great deal of respect from around the league

100 Yard Receiving Games Over The Age Of 40

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Pro sports are a young man’s game. That’s what they always say, but at the same time occasionally you get those late bloomers or overachievers who put up good numbers in later years of their careers. Playing wide receiver in the NFL past the age of 40 is pretty rare. Rarer still is putting up a 100 yard game in the NFL after the age of 40.

There have been seven 100 yard games in NFL history turned in by receivers over the age of 40. All of them, each and every one, was turned in by Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.

At the age of 40, Jerry Rice turned in five 100 yard games, all while playing with the Raiders.

After turning 41, Jerry Rice had one more 100 yard game in him, still playing for Oakland at this time.

On December 6, 2004, at the age of 42, Jerry Rice turned in the last 100 yard game of his career. He caught eight passes that day for 145 yards and a touchdown in a Seattle loss to the Packers.

Will another receiver ever come along and have a 100 yard game over the age of 40?

Five Things You Probably Don’t Know About The New Orleans Saints

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The New Orleans debuted as an NFL team in 1967 and it took quite some time before they achieved even a modest level of success. Over the years though this didn’t stop the team from having some memorable moments and great players including Archie Manning, Earl Campbell, George Rogers, Rickey Jackson, Sam Mills, Pat Swilling, Bobby Hebert, Joe Horn, Deuce McAllister, Drew Brees and Reggie Bush. The Saints have transformed themselves from a perennial cellar dweller team into one of the franchises that consistently has to be worried about by the opposition. Here is a look at five things you probably don’t know about the New Orleans Saints.

1. The first touchdown scored by the New Orleans Saints as a franchise came via a 94 yard opening kickoff return by John Gilliam in their first game in 1967.

2. Due to damage to the Louisiana Superdome because of Hurricane Katrina, the Saints played all of their home games at other sites during the 2005 season. They played four home games at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, three home games at Louisiana State University’s Tiger Stadium, and one home game in Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

3. The Saints traded every draft pick they had in 1999 plus a first and third rounder in 2000 for the rights to draft University of Texas running back Ricky Williams.

4. New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey set the record for the longest field goal ever in the NFL when he booted a 63 yard field goal against the Detroit Lions in November of 1970. This kick was made with two seconds left on the clock and won the game by a score of 19-17.

5. The New Orleans Saints were the first NFL team to wear all black uniforms, both pants and jerseys, when they did so in a 2001 road game against the Carolina Panthers.

The New Orleans Saints’ history as the only professional football team the city of New Orleans has ever known has not always been the smoothest and most pleasant. The team is well loved by the locals though, as was more than evident following the one year absence following Hurricane Katrina when they had to play their home games elsewhere. The Saints will continue to be an important part of everything that makes New Orleans special for many years to come.

Five Things You Probably Don’t Know About The New England Patriots

The New England Patriots are one of the more respected and successful franchises in the National Football League, but it hasn’t always been that way. As a charter member of the rival American Football League, the Patriots were largely unsuccessful during their first two decades in professional football. The team played their first eleven seasons using the name the Boston Patriots before changing it to their current name in 1971. The Patriots have had a number of excellent players over their existence including Julius Adams, Drew Bledsoe, Deion Branch, Troy Brown, Raymond Clayborn, Sam Cunningham, Tony Eason, Irving Fryar, Russ Francis, Andy Johnson, Ted Johnson, Ty Law, Ronnie Lippett, Fred Marion, Curtis Martin, Willie McGinest, Johnny Rembert, Jim Plunkett, Mosi Tatupu, Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Richard Seymour, and Tedy Bruschi. Here is a look at five things you probably don’t know about the New England Patriots.

1. In the Patriots first twelve seasons in professional football, they had five different home stadiums: Nickerson Field (1960-62), Fenway Park (1963-68), Alumni Stadium (1969), Harvard Stadium (1970), and Foxboro Stadium (from 1971 to 2001).

2. The 2007 New England Patriots are the only team to go 18-1 over an entire season (regular season and playoffs), and not win the Super Bowl. The other two 18-1 Super Bowl winning teams were the 1984 San Francisco 49ers and the 1985 Chicago Bears.

3. Offensive lineman John Hannah was the first New England Patriots player to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

4. Super Bowl and league MVP Tom Brady was picked by the New England Patriots with the 199th overall choice in the 2000 NFL Draft. Six quarterbacks were taken ahead of him that year, they were Chad Pennington, Giovanni Carmazzi, Chris Redman, Tee Martin, Marc Bulger, and Spergon Wynn.
5. New England Patriots linebacker Andre Tippett recorded the highest two season quarterback sack total during the mid-1980s when he racked up 35 sacks in the 1984 and 1985 NFL seasons put together.

The New England Patriots have accomplished some incredible things, mostly since the year 2000. The team has a fascinating history though that extends from the rough years early on when they had trouble securing stability in their roster, the front office, and a home stadium through to the more successful years that the franchise would enjoy later on. The Patriots have endeared themselves to their local fans and have earned a sizeable following and a number of fans from various locations all around the United States. The NFL is a better league because of teams like the New England Patriots.

Buffalo Bills Great Thurman Thomas’ First Game Ever

Thurman Thomas was a key member of the Buffalo Bills teams that dominated the AFC in the early 1990s. He was equally good at rushing and receiving. His ability to catch balls out of the backfield was something that opposing defenses had a hard time trying to scheme against.

It was on September 4, 1988 in the Bills first game of the season that Thurman Thomas took the field in the NFL for the very first time. The final score that day showed Buffalo defeating the visiting Minnesota Vikings 13-10.

In that game, Thurman Thomas would score the first touchdown of the game to put the Bills up 10-0 at the end of the first quarter. This also meant he was the first Buffalo player to score a TD that season. He finished the game having carried the ball 18 times for 86 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes that day from Jim Kelly for a total of 27 yards.

Five Things You Probably Don’t Know About The Houston Texans

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Houston had experienced a rough time relating to professional football before the Texans came along. The Houston Oilers had been the toast of the town and a much loved pro football franchise from their inception as one of the original American Football League teams through the days of Bum Phillips and Earl Campbell and into the more modern times of Warren Moon. When the Oilers moved to Tennessee, eventually becoming the Titans, following the 1996 season it devastated the local fans. After several years of negotiations, Houston was selected as the site for an expansion football team that would begin play in 2002. That expansion team would be the Houston Texans. Here is a look at five things you probably don’t know about the Houston Texans.

1. The first touchdown scored in the history of the Houston Texans franchise came on the third play in their first game and was a pass from rookie quarterback David Carr to tight end Billy Miller.

2. The Houston Texans became the first expansion franchise to send more than one player to the Pro Bowl in 2002 when both defensive lineman Gary Walker and defensive back Aaron Glenn were so honored.

3. In the 2007 NFL Draft the Houston Texans selected the youngest player ever taken in the draft, Amobi Okoye who was nineteen years old at the time.

4. During the 2008 season, Houston Texans rookie Steve Slaton rushed for 1,282 yards, more than any other running back selected in the 2008 NFL Draft, even though ten other running backs were picked ahead of him that year.

5. When coming up with a team name, the Houston franchise narrowed it down to five possibilities before choosing Texans. The other four names on the list were the Apollos, Bobcats, Stallions and Wildcatters.

The Houston franchise is not the first pro football team to use the nickname Texans, in fact the Kansas City Chiefs began their existence in the American Football League as the Dallas Texans. The current Texans though have already established themselves as a treasure in the city of Houston and are an integral part of the city’s life. Maybe because of the community’s experience with losing the Oilers, but the Houston Texans are highly valued by the citizens of Houston and look to have a long and successful future in the National Football League.

Oklahoma Sooners Quarterbacks Taken In The NFL Draft

The Oklahoma Sooners have had an exceptionally successful football team for decades. Year in and year out they almost always seem like a team that others have to take seriously. They have not though always been built around a great quarterback. In fact, here is a look at the only quarterbacks from the University of Oklahoma to ever be taken in the NFL Draft.

Jack Jacobs – 1942 – Rams – 2nd Round
Known as a skilled thrower and punter, Jack Jacobs spent his early pro career with the Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers, before moving north of the border and starring for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. In 1963, Jacobs was enshrined in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Eddie Crowder – 1953 – Giants – 2nd Round
Following a very successful career at Oklahoma, Eddie Crowder played one season of football with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. After that, he immediately went into coaching and would eventually be known for bringing the Colorado Buffaloes back to prominence.

Jimmy Harris – 1957 – Eagles – 5th Round
Jimmy Harris was the starting quarterback for Oklahoma during much of the school’s famous 47 game winning streak. In the NFL, he switched to defensive back and in five seasons played for the Eagles, Rams, and Cowboys. He also spent time on the roster of the Dallas Texans of the AFL.

Dave Baker – 1959 – 49ers – 1st Round
Dave Baker played defensive back, quarterback, and running back for Oklahoma during the late 1950s when the school was in the middle of its NCAA record 47 game winning streak. In the NFL, he was a defensive back with the 49ers from 1959 to 1961.

Josh Heupel – 2001 – Dolphins – 6th Round
Josh Heupel had an interesting route to Oklahoma, one that saw him first play at Weber State and Snow College. He ended up being the Heisman Trophy runner up for the Sooners in 2000 and led the team to an undefeated season and national title with a victory over Florida State in the 2001 Orange Bowl. He spent time in the Miami Dolphins and Green Bay Packers organizations, though he never saw any regular season playing time.

Sam Bradford – 2010 – Rams – 1st Round
Sam Bradford was the most honored Oklahoma quarterback of all time, being named among other things the 2007 Sporting News Freshman of the Year, 2008 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, 2008 Davey O’Brien Award winner, 2008 Sammy Baugh Trophy winner, 2008 co-Sporting News Player of the Year, and of course the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner. Bradford was drafted with the number one overall pick by the St. Louis Rams in 2010.

Landry Jones – 2013 – Steelers – 4th Round
In Landry Jones’ second start ever at Oklahoma, he set a new school record with six touchdown passes in a 45-0 win over Tulsa. He went on to lead the Sooners to some big victories, including two BCS bowl game wins. In his brief NFL career, he has been a backup behind Ben Roethlisberger.

Of note:

-42 years passed between 1959 and 2001 and in all those years the Oklahoma Sooners failed to have one quarterback taken in the NFL Draft.

Five Things You Probably Don’t Know About The New York Jets

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The New York Jets franchise were one of the original American Football League teams founded when the rival league began in 1960. The team’s most famous early success came in 1968 when quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed a Super Bowl victory over the NFL‘s Baltimore Colts and then delivered on that promise. Over the years, the Jets have had some great players play for them on the field including Namath, Don Maynard, John Riggins, Joe Klecko, Art Monk, Greg Buttle, Wayne Chrebet, Boomer Esiason, Brett Favre, mark Gastineau, Aaron Glenn, Bruce Harper, James Hasty, Johnny Hector, Keyshawn Johnson, Mo Lewis, Marty Lyons, Curtis Martin, Lance Mehl, Freeman McNeil, Rob Moore, Richard Todd, Ken O’Brien, Chad Pennington, Pat Ryan, Abdul Salaam, Vinny Testaverde, Al Toon, Wesley Walker, Laveranues Coles, and Ty Law. Here are five things you probably know about the New York Jets.

1. One of the early faces of the franchise, and one of the most famous New York Jets players ever, was quarterback Joe Namath. Namath was drafted by the Jets in the 1965 AFL Draft out of the University of Alabama. If he had not chosen to play in the AFL he may have played his career as the quarterback of the St. Louis Cardinals as they were the team that picked him in the NFL Draft.

2. When the New York Jets franchise originally began play, not only were they known as the New York Titans, but their team colors were also blue and gold.

3. In the 1998 NFL playoffs, New York Jets wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson saw actions as a defensive back and ended up snagging an interception.

4. When the Jets played the Patriots in December of 2005, Vinny Testaverde was the quarterback for New York while veteran Doug Flutie was the quarterback for New England. This was the first time in NFL history that two quarterbacks over the age of forty competed against each other in a regular season game.

5. The first New York Jets player to gain more than 1,000 yards rushing in a season was running back John Riggins in 1975.

The New York Jets have a loyal following and some of the most rabid fans in the National Football League. The team has experienced a number of different successful eras, but has also suffered through some low times as well. While not always finishing at or near the top of the league, the Jets have participated in a number of memorable moments, games and seasons. The New York Jets are one of the better stories each and every year in the National Football League.

Rookie Running Backs And Their 100 Yard Games Against The Buffalo Bills

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Being a rookie running back in the NFL is tough enough what with all the pressure to perform at a high level. The Buffalo Bills have been in pro football since 1960, first in the AFL and since 1970 as part of the NFL. How many rookie running backs have had 100 yard games against them during that time?

The answer is 29.

Fun Facts:

-The first rookie running back to have a 100 yard game against the Bills was Dave Smith of the Houston Oilers in both teams’ first year in football, 1960.

-Curtis Martin is the only rookie running back to ever have two 100 yard games against the Bills in the same rookie season, doing so as a member of the Patriots in 1995.

-The oldest rookie to ever rush for more than 100 yards against the Bills was Michael LeBlanc of the Patriots who was 25 years and 159 days old and playing in the NFL during the labor troubled 1987 season.

-The youngest rookie to ever rush for more than 100 yards against Buffalo is Clinton Portis who did it at the age of 21 years and 21 days old while with the Broncos in 2002.

-Against Edgerrin James and the Colts in 1999 was the first and so far only time the Bills gave up 100 yards rushing to a rookie on opening day.

-Players who gained 100 yards or more in a game against the Bills and would eventually go on to make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame include Earl Campbell, Eric Dickerson, Franco Harris, and Curtis Martin.

-The Patriots have had more rookie running backs gain 100 or more yards against the Bills than any other team. They have had five players do it a total of six times. Martin did it twice in 1995 and Michael LeBlanc did it once in 1987. Others to do it include BenJarvus Green-Ellis in 2008, Leonard Russell in 1991, and John Stephens in 1988.