The First Winning Season In Seattle Seahawks History



The Seattle Seahawks joined the National Football League in 1976. Today, the team has earned a reputation for exciting play, tough defense, and one of the loudest home fields in football. As an expansion team though, they were like other expansion teams, a team with a lot of struggles.

That expansion year saw Seattle post a final record of 2-12. This was improved upon in the team’s second season in 1977 when they would go 5-9 on the year. It was in Seattle’s third season though that they would finally have their first winning season. 1978 was also the first season the NFL would play 16 regular season games.

Game 1: Seattle 20 – San Diego 24

The 1978 season started out rough for Seattle with a home loss to the San Diego Chargers by the score of 24-20. It did feature a 64 yard touchdown pass from Jim Zorn to longtime Seahawks running back Sherman Smith. This was the longest touchdown by reception or run in Smith’s career. It was one of eight career TD passes thrown by Zorn of over 60 yards in length.

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Game 2: Seattle 10 – Pittsburgh 21

In Week 2 of the 1978 season, the Steelers would beat the Seahawks on their way to winning the Super Bowl at the end of the year. The one Seahawks touchdown scored in this game came on a one yard run by David Hughes. Quarterback Zorn was intercepted by future Hall of Fame member Jack Lambert too.

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Game 3: Seattle 24 – New York Jets 17

The Seahawks got their first win of the season in the third week when they shut down the Jets 24-17. Running back David Sims scored all three Seattle touchdowns in this game, scoring them all on runs of 3 yards or less. Finishing with 121 rushing yards, this was also Sims’ best game as a pro.

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Game 4: Seattle 28 – Detroit 16

Seattle evened their record out and got a back-to-back win when they beat the Lions 28-16. This game saw the Seahawks down 16-7 at the end of the third quarter but score three consecutive touchdowns in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. Those three late game touchdowns all came on passes by Jim Zorn, first to Steve Largent, then to Ron Howard, and finally to Sam McCullum.

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Game 5: Seattle 7 – Denver 28

The Denver Broncos relied on quarterbacks Norris Weese and Craig Penrose to lead them to a 28-7 win over the Seahawks. Seattle was scoreless in the first half and Denver scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Each team finished the game having intercepted the opposing quarterbacks three times.

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Game 6: Seattle 29 – Minnesota 28

It took another comeback effort for Seattle to once again even their record up when they beat the Vikings 29-28. At the end of the third quarter, Minnesota was in the lead 28-19. Quarterback Zorn ran a fourth quarter touchdown in from 22 yards out, his second rushing touchdown of the day, and then kicker Efren Herrera helped the team take the lead with a 19 yard field goal.

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Game 7: Seattle 28 – Green Bay 45

Seattle went on the road to Green Bay where the Packers were waiting and sporting a season record of 5-1. Green Bay jumped all over Seattle when they scored 28 points in the opening quarter. Seattle tried to fight back but it was too much. Three different players scored rushing TDs for Seattle that day: Jim Zorn, Sherman Smith, and David Sims. Packers running back Terdell Middleton finished the game with 23 carries for 121 yards and four touchdowns.

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Game 8: Seattle 27 – Oakland 7

The Seahawks returned home and took care of the Raiders in a 27-7 victory. They jumped all over Oakland and had a 21-0 lead at halftime. The Seattle defense intercepted future Hall of Famer Kenny Stabler four times that day.

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Game 9: Seattle 17 – Denver 20

The Broncos came into seattle and beat Seattle for the second time in 1978, this time by the score of 20-17. The Seahawks played them tough though, going to overtime where it was won for Denver on an 18 yard Jim Turner field goal.

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Game 10: Seattle 31 – Chicago 29

Seattle traveled to Soldier Field for the 10th game of the season and took care of business by jumping out to a 28-16 lead at the end of the third quarter. The Bears tried to come back but came up short and the final score was 31-29 in favor of the Seahawks. Future Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton carried the ball 18 times for 109 yards and a touchdown that day.

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Game 11: Seattle 14 – Baltimore 17

Seattle came back home only to suffer a loss to the Baltimore Colts 17-14 in the 11th game of the year. There were heavy fumbles in this game with the Colts coughing up the ball five times and losing it once. The Seahawks fumbled just twice but lost both.

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Game 12: Seattle 13 – Kansas City 10

Seattle traveled to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City next and came away with a 13-10 victory. Kansas City outgained Seattle in total yards 355-257 that day but they also fumbled the ball seven times, losing it on four of those occasions.

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Game 13: Seattle 17 – Oakland 16

Oakland was in the lead 10-7 at th estart of the fourth quarter when Steve Largent scored on a 27 yard play, putting Seattle up 14-10. The Raiders answered back with a Hall of Fame receiver of their own scoring when tight end Dave Casper came through from 31 yards out. Raiders kicker Errol Mann then missed the extra point. This proved costly as a late Seahawks field goal put the game away 17-16.

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Game 14: Seattle 47 – Cleveland 24

The Seahawks exploded in the 14th game of the 1978 season when they beat the Browns 47-24. Seattle scored 14 points in the first quarter, nine in the second, seven in the third, and 17 in the fourth. In the second quarter of the game, Steve Raible of the Seahawks tackled Browns punter Johnny Evans out of the end zone for a safety. The final score of the game was a touchdown by safety Keith Simpson who returned an interception 40 yards for the score. Seahawks kicker Efren Herrera was 1 for 1 on field goals and 6 for 6 on extra points.

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Game 15: Seattle 10 – San Diego 37

San Diego beat Seattle for the second time of the year when they welcomed the visitors to Southern California and outscored them 37-10. At the beginning of the second quarter, Seattle pulled to a 10-3 lead. It was all Chargers after that as they went on to score 34 straight uninterrupted points.

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Game 16: Seattle 23 – Kansas City 19

Seattle secured their first winning season in the 16th game of the year at home when they beat the Chiefs for the second time that year, this time by the score of 23-19. The final score of the game was a safety against the Seahawks when Seattle punter Herman Weaver was run out of the end zone. Chiefs quarterback Mike Livingston finished the game having completed just 5 of his 19 pass attempts for a total of 66 yards, no touchdowns, and three interceptions.

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The Stanford Cardinal Quarterbacks Who Have Been Drafted Into The NFL



Stanford has produced some great players over the years. Players who have not only excelled wearing the school’s uniform but the uniforms of several NFL teams after their collegiate career has ended. How many Stanford Cardinal quarterbacks have been taken in the draft over the years? The answer is 23.

Frankie Albert – 1942 – Bears – 1st Round

Gary Kerkorian – 1952 – Steelers – 19th Round

Bobby Garrett – 1954 – Browns – 1st Round

Jerry Gustafson – 1956 – 49ers – 27th Round

John Brodie – 1957 – 49ers – 1st Round

Dick Norman – 1960 – Bears – 5th Round

Jim Plunkett – 1971 – Patriots – 1st Round

Don Bunce – 1972 – Redskins – 12th Round

Mike Boryla – 1974 – Bengals – 4th Round

Mike Cordova – 1977 – Eagles – 11th Round

Guy Benjamin – 1978 – Dolphins – 2nd Round

Steve Dils – 1979 – Vikings – 4th Round

Turk Schonert – 1980 – Bears – 9th Round

John Elway – 1983 – Colts – 1st Round

John Paye – 1987 – 49ers – 10th Round

Steve Stenstrom – 1995 – Chiefs – 4th Round

Todd Husak – 2000 – Redskins – 6th Round

Randy Fasani – 2002 – Panthers – 5th Round

Trent Edwards – 2007 – Bills – 3rd Round

Andrew Luck – 2012 – Colts – 1st Round

Kevin Hogan – 2016 – Chiefs – 5th Round

Of note:

-The Stanford Cardinal have had four quarterbacks selected with the number one overall pick in the draft; Bobby Garrett, Jim Plunkett, John Elway, and Andrew Luck.

-For four consecutive years, from 1977 to 1980, there was a quarterback drafted into the NFL out of Stanford.

How Many Quarterbacks Have Been Drafted Out Of Southern Mississippi?



Southern Miss has a long and impressive history in college football. The school has contributed a number of great players to the NFL over the years. This includes six quarterbacks who have been taken in the draft, five in the NFL Draft and one in the AFL Draft.

George Herring – 1956 – 49ers – 16th Round

Don Fuell – 1961 – Oilers – 26th Round

Val Keckin – 1961 – Packers – 11th Round

Reggie Collier – 1983 – Cowboys – 6th Round

Brett Favre – 1991 – Falcons – 2nd Round

Jeff Kelly – 2002 – Seahawks – 7th Round

How Many USC Trojans Quarterbacks Have Been Drafted Into Pro Football?



There are few colleges that can match the football history of the University of Southern California. The school has played in some great games and contributed some top names to the National Football League. How many USC quarterbacks have been drafted though? The answer, as of 2016, is 23.

Jim Hardy – 1945 – Redskins – 1st Round

Rudy Bukich – 1953 – Rams – 2nd Round

Ben Charles – 1961 – Bears – 19th Round

Bill Nelsen – 1963 – Steelers – 10th Round

Pete Beathard – 1964 – Lions – 1st Round

Craig Fertig – 1965 – Steelers – 20th Round

Mike Holmgren – 1970 – Cardinals – 8th Round

Mike Rae – 1973 – Raiders – 8th Round

Pat Haden – 1975 – Rams – 7th Round

Vince Evans – 1977 – Bears – 6th Round

Rob Hertel – 1978 – Bengals – 5th Round

Paul McDonald – 1980 – Browns – 4th Round

Rodney Peete – 1989 – Lions – 6th Round

Todd Marinovich – 1991 – Raiders – 1st Round

Pat O’Hara – 1991 – Buccaneers – 10th Round

Rob Johnson – 1995 – Jaguars – 4th Round

Kyle Wachholtz – 1996 – Packers – 7th Round

Carson Palmer – 2003 – Bengals – 1st Round

Matt Cassel – 2005 – Patriots – 7th Round

Matt Leinart – 2006 – Cardinals – 1st Round

John David Booty – 2008 – Vikings – 5th Round

Mark Sanchez – 2009 – Jets – 1st Round

Matt Barkley – 2013 – Eagles – 4th Round

Cody Kessler – 2016 – Browns – 3rd Round

Of note:

-1991 saw two USC quarterbacks get drafted in the same year. Todd Marinovich went to the Raiders with the 24th overall pick in the first round and Pat O’Hara would go to Tampa Bay in the 10th round.

-A USC quarterback was drafted for three straight years in the mid 1960’s. Bill Nelson went in 1963, Pete Beathard in 1964, and Craig Fertig in 1965. Two of those players, Nelson and Fertig, were picked by the Steelers.

-The highest a USC quarterback has ever been drafted is with the first overall pick and that honor went to Carson Palmer.

-The lowest a USC quarterback has ever been drafted was in the 20th round, the 270th overall selection of the draft, and that was Craig Fertig in 1965.

The Top Fumble Seasons In Oakland Raiders History



No one likes to see a fumble. Not the head coach, not teammates on the sidelines, and not the fans at home. The Oakland Raiders have been playing football since 1960. Over the years, who is the team’s career leader in fumbles as of 2016?

Fifth Place: Jim Plunkett (TIE)

Jim Plunkett first made national news as the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Stanford University. After stops with the Patriots and 49ers, Plunkett came to the silver and black. He played for the team from 1979 to 1986 and over that time fumbled the ball 35 times.

Fifth Place: Jay Schroeder (TIE)

Jay Schroeder had a breakout season with the Redskins in the mid 1980’s and parlayed it into a full time job as the starting quarterback for the Raiders. Playing for the team from 1988 to 1992, he fumbled the ball 35 times.

Fourth Place: Marc Wilson

Marc Wilson was highly touted out of BYU when he came to the Raiders in the early 1980’s. He had to bide his time on the bench behind Jim Plunkett at first, but he eventually saw some starting time and during his time in Oakland from 1980 to 1987 would fumble the ball 38 times.

Third Place: Ken Stabler

Ken Stabler was an All-Pro quarterback for the Raiders during the 1970’s and earned the nickname of “The Snake”. He played for the team from 1970 to 1979 and fumbled the ball 43 times.

Second Place: Rich Gannon

When Rich Gannon came to the Raiders at the end of the 1990’s, he brought with him an exciting brand of play that featured long bombs, short slants, and even some nice quarterback runs. He’d eventually help the team make it to the Super Bowl too, playing for them from 1999 to 2004. In that time, he fumbled the ball 44 times.

First Place: Marcus Allen

Marcus Allen is one of the top players in Oakland Raiders history. He helped the team to several of its biggest wins, made many incredible plays, and would be acknowledged as one of the best running backs in the league. He played for the Raiders from 1982 to 1992 and during that time he fumbled the ball 50 times.

The Five Best Rookie Passing Days In Miami Dolphins History



Over the years, the Miami Dolphins have had some great teams. They’ve also been known for their passing game which of course hinges on quarterback play. Making a mark in the NFL as a rookie is tough though. Here are the top five passing days by a Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback.

#5 – 1987 – Kyle Mackey
In the strike shortened 1987 NFL season, Kyle Mackey would start three games for Miami. In a 37-31 loss to the New York Jets, Mackey would complete 26 of 55 passes (a record number of attempts for a Dolphins rookie) for 298 yards and two touchdowns. He also had five interceptions on the day though.

#4 – 1983 – Dan Marino
In a 30-14 win over the Los Angeles Rams, Dan Marino would complete 25 of 38 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns.

#3 – 1966 – John Stofa
In the final game of the 1966 season, rookie quarterback John Stofa would complete 27 of 38 passes for 307 yards and four touchdowns in a 29-28 win over the Houston Oilers. This would make him the first rookie quarterback to ever have a 300 yard game for the Dolphins.

#2 – 1983 – Dan Marino
In week six of the 1983 season, Dan Marino and the Dolphins would come up short against the Buffalo Bills, losing 38-35. Marino though would complete 19 of 29 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns, the best rookie passing day in team history at that time.

#1 – 2012 – Ryan Tannehill
In his fourth career game, rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 26 of 41 passes for 431 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the Cardinals. This set the team record for passing yards in a game, breaking the previous mark by over 100 yards.

How Many South Carolina Gamecocks Quarterbacks Have Been Drafted Into The NFL?



The South Carolina Gamecocks have had a long and impressive college football history. Over the years, they’ve contributed a number of great players to the NFL. How many quarterbacks have been drafted into the NFL out of the University of South Carolina though?

Larry Craig – 1939 – Packers – 6th Round

Ben Charles – 1961 – Bears – 19th Round

Jeff Grantz – 1976 – Dolphins – 17th Round

Todd Ellis – 1990 – Broncos – 9th Round

25 Interesting Facts About The Famous Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum



Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is a historic sports venue that has seen a great deal of important events over the year. Millions of people have gone through the gates there. Here is a look at 25 interesting facts about this famous place to watch the best of what the sports world has to offer.

#1 – The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum opened in May of 1923 after construction had started in December of 1921.

#2 – The word “memorial” in the name Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum comes from the fact that when it was commissioned in 1921, it was done so as a memorial to veterans of World War I. There was a ceremony in 1968 in which it was rededicated to instead honor veterans of all wars.

#3 – The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is jointly owned by the State of California and the City and County of Los Angeles.

#4 – The mailing address of the coliseum is 3911 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California.

#5 – The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is the only stadium in the entire world that has hosted the Olympic Games on two separate occasions. It did so first in 1932 and then again in 1984.

#6 – The first game ever played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum saw the University of Southern California beat Pomona College by the score of 23-7.

#7 – From 1928 to 1981, both USC and UCLA called the stadium home. When the two schools would meet, USC would be the home team in odd numbered years and UCLA in even numbered years.

#8 – A Major League Baseball record attendance was set in 2008 when the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox played an exhibition pre-season game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers being in L.A. 115,300 people attended that game.

#9 – At the east end of the stadium is the Court of Honor which consists of a series of plaques that recognize some of the memorable events that have happened and athletes who have competed in the stadium during its history.

#10 – The track that would be used for running events was not installed until just before the 1984 Olympic Games. Before that, it was not uncommon to see the football field shifted to one end of the stadium and temporary bleachers brought in at the other end.

#11 – In the renovation of 1993, the playing surface was lowered 11 feet and the track was taken out. This allowed room for 14 new rows of seating to be built right next to the field.

#12 – When the Los Angeles Dodgers moved there from Brooklyn in 1958, they first played in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum until Dodger Stadium was completed in time for the 1962 season. The baseball field barely fit in the stadium, making for a huge foul territory along the third base line and almost none along the first base line.

#13 – The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has been home to seven different pro football teams over the years. The longest running tenants in the coliseum were the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL who played there from 1946 to 1979. The NFL’s Los Angeles Raiders also played in the stadium, doing so from when they moved to L.A. in 1982 to when they left in 1994. The first pro football team to call it home was the Los Angeles Dons (1946-1949) of the All-American Football Conference. The Los Angeles Chargers played there in 1960, their first year in the American Football League before moving to San Diego. From 1983 to 1985, it was home to the Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League. In 2000, the Los Angeles Dragons of the Spring Football League played their home games at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Finally, the Los Angeles Xtreme of the XFL called the stadium home during that league’s only year of operation, 2001.

#14 – The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was home to the NFL’s Pro Bowl from 1951 to 1972 and then again in 1979.

#15 – The Dodgers hosted the 1959 World Series in the coliseum and due to its huge size, so much larger than even modern ballparks, the attendance record set there (92,706 fans) will probably not be broken any time soon.

#16 – The coliseum has been the regular home stadium for two different professional soccer teams, the Los Angeles Wolves of the United Soccer Association in 1967 and the Los Angeles Aztecs from 1974 to 1981.

#17 – The Oakland Raiders moving to Los Angeles in 1982 caused the UCLA Bruins who had played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since 1928 to move their homefield to the Rose Bowl.

#18 – The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum hosted the Super Bowl in 1973.

#19 – In 1961 and 1971 a college bowl game was hosted at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, it was called the Mercy Bowl.

#20 – Super Bowl I, at the time only known as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game, was played in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 15th, 1967.

#21 – The Los Angeles Coliseum has been used as a setting in a number of television shows, including Charlie’s Angels, Columbo, Beverly Hills 90210, Full House, the Amazing Race, 24, Dragnet, Emergency!, America’s Next Top Model, and Life After People.

#22 – The coliseum has also been used in a number of movies, including Escape from L.A., the Last Boyscout, Jerry Maguire, Two Minute Warning, and Money Talks.

#23 – When John F. Kennedy gave his famous 1960 speech accepting the nomination to be President of the United States of America, he gave it at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

#24 – A computer generated version of the stadium was used in the Pixar movie Cars, as well as in a Budweiser commercial.

#25 – The first level in the video game Duke Nukem Forever is set in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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.