10 Fun Facts About The Touchdown Passes Of Steve Young


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Steve Young came out of BYU, and after some time in the USFL, started his NFL career with two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before joining the San Francisco 49ers. At first he was a highly regarded backup before he got his chance and took the 49ers on a great run that included multiple Super Bowl rings. Here is a look at 10 fun facts about the touchdown passes of Steve Young.

-Steve Young threw 232 touchdown passes during his NFL career.

-The first 11 touchdown passes of Steve Young’s NFL career were thrown while with the Buccaneers.

-The first TD pass Steve Young threw in his NFL career was a 7 yarder to Calvin Magee in a Tampa Bay loss to the Minnesota Vikings. His first after joining the 49ers was 46 yarder to Jerry Rice in a loss to the Saints.

-Steve Young threw more TD passes against the Atlanta Falcons during his career, a total of 37, than he did against any other team in the NFL.

-The five players who caught the most touchdown passes from Steve Young were Jerry Rice with 85, Terrell Owens with 24, John Taylor with 23, Brent Jones with 22, and J.J. Stokes with 13.

-Steve Young threw four touchdown passes during his career that went for 80 yard scores or further. Two of those were caught by Jerry Rice, one by Garrison Hearst, and one by John Taylor. The longest of his career was a 97 yarder to John Taylor in a 1991 49ers loss to the Falcons.

-The final regular season touchdown pass of Steve Young’s career was a one yarder caught by Terrell Owens in a 1998 win over the Detroit Lions.

-Steve Young threw 20 touchdowns in the postseason during his career. Seven of those were caught by Jerry Rice.

-Of Steve Young’s 232 career TD passes, 133 were thrown at home and 99 were thrown in road games.

-Steve Young threw more TD passes in the 2nd quarter, a total of 81, than he threw in any other quarter of play. He also threw 58 in the first quarter, 44 in the third quarter, and 49 in the fourth quarter.

Who Is The San Diego Chargers Philip Rivers’ Favorite Receiver?


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Philip Rivers is a talented star quarterback in the entire National Football League. He has faced some ups and downs, but through it all has exhibited all of the traits that make a great quarterback. The San Diego Chargers are very lucky to have him.

In Philip Rivers first full season as the starting quarterback for the San Diego Chargers, he completed a very respectable 22 touchdown passes. He completed 21 the next year and then really lit it up with 34 TD throws in 2008. Then he threw 28 touchdown passes in 2009, again a very good year. He followed that with 30 TD passes in 2010, 27 in 2011, 26 in 2012, 32 in 2013, and 31 in 2014. This kind of thrower in the pocket makes it a lot easier on the running game too. He has been blessed with having some great receivers to work with as well. Who though has been his favorite receiver during his NFL career?

Through the 2014 NFL season, no player has caught more touchdown passes from Philip Rivers than tight end Antonio Gates. His 72 touchdown passes to Gates puts him 35 ahead of the number two name on that list, Vincent Jackson. The Chargers have had good seasons since Philip Rivers became the starting quarterback, but a lot of that credit should also go to the great receivers the team has had too. With Rivers and this arsenal of talented ball catchers, the Chargers should be a force to be reckoned with for quite sometime.

Is Vinny Testaverde An Underrated Quarterback


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Vinny Testaverde, to some people, was thought of as a bust after his first couple of years in the NFL. He had come out of the University of Miami with high expectations and a Heisman Trophy to be the first player selected in the 1987 NFL Draft. He didn’t end up being the savior for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team who drafted him though, he ended up spending time on the rosters of seven different teams.

Following a number of seasons in Tampa, Testaverde went on to play for the Browns, Ravens, Jets, Cowboys, Jets again, Patriots, and finally the Panthers. He never took his team to the Super Bowl, though he did get the Jets close. He was a very good mentor to younger quarterbacks later in his career and when it was all said and done he put together a 21 year career in the National Football League. Not many quarterbacks can say they have done that.

Along the way, Testaverde would also set a number of records as well as finish his career highly ranked in several all time categories.

Notable rankings for Vinny Testaverde’s career numbers:

1. Pass Completions
Testaverde completed 3,787 passes during his career, good enough for 7th place all time in NFL history. Some of the names of players that did not end up with as many completions as him: Fran Tarkenton, Joe Montana, and Dan Fouts.

2. Passing Yards
Passing yards is a popular way to gauge how good of a game, season, or career a quarterback had. Vinny Testaverde finished his career with 46,233 passing yards. This put him just behind Hall of Famers John Elway, Warren Moon, and Fran Tarkenton, and just ahead of Peyton Manning (who has since surpassed him), Dan Fouts, and Joe Montana.

3. Passing Touchdowns
At the time of his retirement, Vinny Testaverde sat in 8th place all time in the category of touchdown passes with 275. This placed him just behind John Elway and Johnny Unitas, but ahead of such notable names as Joe Montana, Dan Fouts, Jim Kelly, Steve Young, Terry Bradshaw, and Sonny Jurgensen.

Those are all very respectable numbers. In fact, in many ways those are all incredible numbers. Testaverde’s statistical success is due more to his incredible longevity than it is to his incredible talent, although he had to have great talent to play that long and rack up those numbers too. It would be hard to argue that Testaverde belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but fairly easy to argue that he was somewhat underrated during his career.

10 Fun Facts About The Touchdown Passes Of Joe Montana



Joe Montana is thought of by many to be the greatest quarterback ever in the NFL. A lot of arguments can be made for a lot of players in that regard but it is tough to argue against him. He led the 49ers for over a decade of dominance and left the game with multiple Super Bowl rings. Here is a look at 10 fun facts about the touchdown passes Joe Montana threw during his career.

-Joe Montana threw a total of 273 touchdown passes during his NFL career.

-Joe Montana threw 244 touchdown passes with the 49ers and then finished his career with 29 while playing for the Kansas City Chiefs.

-The most touchdown passes Joe Montana threw in one seaon was the 31 he threw in 1987.

-Joe Montana’s first career touchdown pass was a 16 yarder to Bob Bruer in a 1979 San Francisco loss to the Denver Broncos.

-Joe Montana threw touchdown passes to two players during his career who would go on to make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Jerry Rice and Marcus Allen.

-Of his 273 career TD passes, Joe Montana threw 133 at home and 140 on the road.

-36 of Joe Montana’s regular season touchdown passes were thrown on Monday Night Football.

-Joe Montana threw touchdown passes to 36 different players during his career.

-Joe Montana threw three touchdown passes of 90 yards or more during his career. Two of them went to John Taylor and one to Jerry Rice.

-The five players who caught the most touchdown passes from Joe Montana during his career were Jerry Rice with 55, Dwight Clark with 41, Freddie Solomon with 29, and Roger Craig and John Taylor with 15 apiece.

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



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


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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



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


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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.