The Most TD Passes By A Detroit Lions Rookie Quarterback



The Detroit Lions are one of the oldest franchises in the National Football League. Over the years, there have been some great players who have played for the team too. That includes at quarterback. Being a successful quarterback in the NFL is hard enough. Being successful in that position as a rookie is even harder.

Who holds the Lions team records for TD passes as a rookie?

Detroit Lions Rookie Quarterbacks: Most TD Passes In A Season

The Detroit Lions have had six rookie quarterbacks in their history reach double figures in touchdown passes in a season.

Fred Enke in 1948, Jeff Komlo in 1979, and Charlie Batch in 1998 all finished their rookie seasons in Detroit having thrown 11 TD passes.

In 2002, Lions rookie quarterback Joey Harrington threw 12 touchdown passes.

The most TD passes thrown in a season by a rookie quarterback wearing a Detroit Lions uniform is 13. This was first done in 1947 by Clyde LeForce. It was duplicated in 2009 by Matthew Stafford.

Detroit Lions Rookie Quarterbacks: Most TD Passes In A Game

A number of rookie Detroit Lions quarterbacks have thrown two touchdown passes in a game over the years. This includes Matthew Stafford, Karl Sweetan, Rodney Peete, Mike McMahon, Greg Landry, Jeff Komlo, Todd Hons, Joey Harrington, and Charlie Batch. One though topped that by far. In a win over the Browns in November of 2009, Matthew Stafford threw five touchdown passes as a rookie for the Detroit Lions.

Five Things You May Not Know About Jimmy Graham



With Jimmy Graham’s size, it isn’t hard to understand why he can turn in such amazing performances from the tight end position. Graham burst onto the scene with the New Orleans Saints and then later made his mark as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. Along the way he has scored some important touchdowns and made a good name for himself with fans and opponents alike.

Here are five things you may not know about Jimmy Graham:

Jimmy Graham Is One Smart Guy

While attending the University of Miami, Jimmy Graham graduated with a double major in marketing and management.

Jimmy Graham’s #88!

Jimmy Graham wears jersey number 88 for the Seattle Seahawks. Other players who have worn that number for the team include Jeff Chadwick, Don Clune, David Daniels, Byron Franklin, Doug Long, Pete Metzelaars, Itula Mili, Cameron Morrah, Brian Peets, Marcus Pollard, Ricky Proehl, John Spagnola, and James Williams.

The Trade!

Jimmy Graham was traded by the Saints to the Seattle Seahawks in March of 2015 for center Max Unger and a first round pick in that year’s draft. The Saints used that pick to select linebacker Stephone Anthony out of Clemson.

Jimmy Graham’s First Catch

The first catch Jimmy Graham made after joining the Seahawks in 2015 was a seven yard toss from Russell Wilson in an opening season loss to the Rams. The first player to tackle him once he joined his new team was T.J. McDonald of the Rams.

Love That Second Quarter!

Jimmy Graham caught six touchdown passes from Russell Wilson during the 2016 NFL season. The first four were all caught in the second quarter of games that year.

How Many Utah State Quarterbacks Were Drafted Into The NFL



Utah State University has a long history and has contributed a number of players to the NFL. How many quarterbacks out of Utah State have been taken in the NFL Draft?

Bob Winters – 1957 – Browns – 22nd Round

Jim Turner – 1963 – Redskins – 19th Round

Bill Munson – 1964 – Rams – 1st Round

Tony Adams – 1973 – Chargers – 14th Round

Keith Myers – 1978 – Packers – 9th Round

Eric Hipple – 1980 – Lions – 4th Round

Craig Bradshaw – 1980 – Oilers – 7th Round

Bob Gagliano – 1981 – Chiefs – 12th Round

Brent Snyder – 1989 – Bears – 7th Round

Of note:

-In one two year span, three Utah State quarterbacks would be thought highly enough of to be drafted into the NFL, Eric Hipple and Craig Bradshaw in 1980 and Bob Gagliano in 1981.

13 Fun Facts About University of Phoenix Stadium



University of Phoenix Stadium has been home to some big games over its recent history. Here is a look at some interesting info and fun facts about University of Phoenix Stadium.

-University of Phoenix Stadium opened in 2006 and is home to both the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL and the Fiesta Bowl.

-For a few months after it opened, just until the naming rights could be sold, the stadium was known as Cardinals Stadium.

-The address of the University of Phoenix Stadium is 1 Cardinals Drive.

-The football field that is played on at University of Phoenix Stadium actually sits in a huge tray that can be rolled in and out of the stadium in one piece to accommodate other events that may require a different surface.

-It cost 455 million dollars to build this stadium after ground was broken on the project in 2003.

-The architect of University of Phoenix Stadium was Peter Eisenman. Some of the other facilities he has designed include the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, Germany.

-University of Phoenix Stadium was the site of Super Bowl XLII where the previously unbeaten New England Patriots fell to the underdog New York Giants.

-The stadium hosted Wrestlemania XXVI in 2010 which made it just the third Wrestlemania to be held in an open air venue.

-The stadium features 88 luxury suites.

-The first regular season professional football game played in the stadium featured the hometown Arizona Cardinals beating the visiting San Francisco 49ers 34-27.

-The first NFL touchdown scored in University of Phoenix Stadium was a 31 yard pass from 49ers quarterback Alex Smith to tight end Vernon Davis.

-Thanks to the world class air conditioning system in place in their new stadium, playing in the University of Phoenix Stadium allowed the Arizona Cardinals to play at home on the opening weekend of the NFL season for the first time since they had moved to the state in 1988.

-As the site of the Fiesta Bowl, this stadium hosts the BCS National Championship Game once every four years. It has hosted the big game before in 2007 when Florida defeated Ohio State for the title and then again in 2011 when Auburn beat Oregon to become champions.

Five Things You May Not Know About Seahawks Wide Receiver Doug Baldwin



The Seattle Seahawks were in need of a reliable receiver who could get open, catch balls, and run after the catch. They got just that in 2011 when they signed Doug Baldwin who had gone undrafted in that season’s NFL Draft. He quickly became a very valuable part of the team.

Here are five things you may not know about Doug Baldwin:

Doug Baldwin’s College Touchdowns

Doug Baldwin caught 13 touchdown passes while at Stanford. The first four were thrown to him by Tavita Pritchard and the last nine by future Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Baldwin also had one rushing touchdown in college.

28 Wide Receivers Were Drafted

In 2011, 28 wide receivers were selected in the NFL Draft. That’s the same year Doug Baldwin came out of college and he went undrafted before being signed by the Seahawks as a free agent.

Jersey #89

Doug Baldwin wears jersey number 89 for the Seattle Seahawks. Other players who have worn that number for the team include Brian Blades, John Carlson, Duke Fergerson, Itula Mili, Boone Stutz, Jerheme Urban, and Byron Walker.

That First 100 Yard Game

The first time Doug Baldwin had a 100 yard game in the NFL came in Week 5 of his rookie season in 2011, a win over the New York Giants. In that game he caught eight passes for 136 yards and a touchdown.

High Five, Doug!

In Super Bowl XLVIII, the Seahawks first NFL title win, Doug Baldwin had five passes thrown his way. He caught each one of them for a total of 66 yards and a touchdown.

Wide Receiver Willie Gault And His Post-Retirement Acting Career



Willie Gault came to the NFL out of the University of Tennessee and was billed as one of the fastest players ever to play. He’d been an Olympic sprinter but the 1980 Olympics were boycotted by the United States.

He played five seasons with the Chicago Bears and was an instrumental member of the 1985 Chicago Bears team that won the Super Bowl. Following those years, he would go on to play a further six seasons with the Los Angeles Raiders. He finished his career having caught 333 passes for 6,635 yards and 44 touchdowns.

After retiring, Willie Gault would pursue business interests, but also a career in acting.

Gault’s first role was in the television movie, Street of Dreams. He would go on to gain credits in more television productions, including Sporting Chance, Bodies of Evidence, Tales from the Crypt, In the Heat of the Night, Renegade, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, and Baywatch. 1997 would see him become a series regular, playing the part of Willie the Sweeper on The Pretender. More television roles would follow, including appearances on The Steve Harvey Show, Girlfriends, Fat Actress, and Grounded for Life. Movie roles would also come, including The Sum of All Fears and S.W.A.T. Two more television shows provided him with regular status as he appeared as a Secret Service Agent in several episodes of The West Wing from 2000 to 2004 and as a sportscaster in Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide from 2004 to 2007.

Willie Gault has put together a lengthy career in acting following his superb football career. His most popular credit may have come much earlier though when he appeared in the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl Shuffle video.

Great Games: Flipper Anderson Of The Rams Kills The Saints



The late 1980’s Los Angeles Rams never made it to the Super Bowl, but they had an exciting team just the same. In 1989, quarterback Jim Everett led them to an 11-5 record and all the way to the conference championship game, only to lose to the San Francisco 49ers.

They had some big games that year too, but few included anything like what happened on November 26, 1989 when Flipper Anderson took it to the New Orleans Saints.

The Rams came into the game with a 7-4 record and just five weeks earlier had alread lost to the Saints. At halftime, the Rams were down 10-3 and then fell behind 17-3 by the end of the third quarter. They came back in the fourth quarter though behind a rushing touchdown from Buford McGee and Flipper Anderson’s only touchdown to tie it up and send the game to overtime where they won it on a Mike Lansford field goal.

But the story of the game was the stats put up by the combination of Jim Everett and Flipper Anderson.

Everett finished the game having completed 29 of 51 passes for 454 yards and two touchdowns. This was the most passing yards he would ever have in one game.

As impressive as Everett’s game was, the NFL had never seen a performance before like the one turned in by Flipper Anderson. Over the course of that game, Anderson had caught a total of 15 passes, including a longest of 50 yards, for one touchdown and a new NFL record of 336 receiving yards. This broke the previous record of 309 yards that had been set by Stephone Paige of the Chiefs just four years earlier. It was also just the third 300 yard receiving day in NFL history.

Great Games: Detroit Lions Receiver Cloyce Box



Cloyce Box played five seasons in the National Football League, from 1949 to 1954, all with the Detroit Lions. He was a key player in the team’s early 1950’s success, helping the Lions win NFL championships in 1952 and 1953.

Cloyce Box has an interesting life story, but his greatest NFL game is easy to pick out. It occurred on the road against the Colts in Baltimore on Sunday, December 3, 1950 in the second to the last game of his second year in the league.

After the first quarter ended and the score was 0-0, it looked to be a tough game for the visiting Lions. The second quarter saw the game take another look.

The scoring started in the second quarter with Lions quarterback and future Hall of Famer Bobby Layne hooking up with Cloyce Box on an 82 yard touchdown. Doak Walker added another score for Detroit and then Colts quarterback, and another future Hall of Famer, Y.A. Tittle threw a TD pass of his own to Hal Crisler. At the half, the score was Lions 14 and the Colts 7.

The third quarter opened up with another Tittle to Crisler scroing play, knotting the game up at 14-14. The Lions then ran off three straight third quarter scores, first a 67 yard pass from Layne to Box, then a Doak Walker field goal, and then a Doak Walker touchdown run. At the end of the third quarter, it was the Lions leading the Colts 31-14.

The Colts opened up the fourth with a one yard touchdown pass from Adrian Burk to Paul Salata, bringing the game to 31-21, but it would be their last score of the game. The Lions added two more fourth quarter touchdowns to secure the win, first a 32 yard TD pass from Layne to Box, and then Box would add another, this time from 22 yards out from Fred Enke. The final score would be 45-21 for a great road win for the Detroit Lions.

Quarterback Bobby Layne had a great game for Detroit, finishing with 16 completions on 27 attempts for 341 yards and three touchdowns.

The real star for the team though was Cloyce Box. He finished this game with 12 catches, four of them for touchdowns, and a total of 302 receiving yards. This was the first time in NFL history that a receiver had gone over the 300 yard receiving mark in a game. It stood as the NFL record too until 1985 when it was broken by Stephone Paige of the Kansas City Chiefs. More than 65 years after that incredible performance, only four other receivers had ever hit 300 yards receiving in one game.

Who Did Dan Marino Throw The Most TD Passes Against?



Dan Marino had a long career in the NFL, playing each of his 17 seasons with the Miami Dolphins. He put up a number of great team and league records, led his team into some of the biggest games in franchise history, and had some amazing on-field accomplishments.

Which team though did Dan Marino throw the most touchdown passes against during his NFL career?

Dan Marino threw 420 regular season touchdown passes. He threw 50 of them against the Buffalo Bills. He threw 54 TD passes against the Indianapolis Colts. The team he would throw the most against though was the New York Jets. During his career, Marino threw 72 touchdown passes against the Jets.

The Top Five Fumble Seasons In Seattle Seahawks History



The Seattle Seahawks have a deep connection with their local community thanks to some stellar play on the field. The team came from expansion level performance in the mid 1970’s to winning the Super Bowl. They’ve had some great players over the years too.

Great players accomplish great things. But football players also end up setting team record they don’t always like to be associated with. With that in mind, what are the top five fumble seasons in Seattle Seahawks history, and who had them?

13 Fumbles In A Year!

Twice in Seahawks history has a player ended the year with 13 fumbles. It happened first during Rick Mirer’s rookie year in 1993 and then again in 2014 when Russell Wilson equaled the mark.

14 Fumbles In A Year!

In 1999, Seahwaks quarterback Jon Kitna had 14 fumbles.

16 Fumbles In A Year!

Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg had 16 fumbles during the 1990 season.

17 Fumbles In A Year!

Jon Kitna came one fumble away from tying the team record when he coughed up the ball 17 times in 2000.

18 Fumbles In A Year!

The most fumbles in one season for the Seattle Seahawks though is the 18 fumbles pulled off by Dave Krieg during the 1989 season.