Five Things You May Not Know About Odell Beckham Jr.

The New York Giants have been known for many years for having a pound it out running game that can wear down its opponents. That changed the day Odell Beckham Jr. came to town to combine his amazing athleticism with quarterback Eli Manning. Beckham features incredible speed and crisp route running, along with some of the surest hands the game of football has ever seen, and has really turned himself into a once in a generation type of pass catcher.

Here are five things you may not know about Odell Beckham Jr.:

High School Ties

Odell Beckham Jr. attended Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Other notable names to attend the same school include former Time magazine editor Walter Isaacson, NBA player Randy Livingston, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning and author Christopher Rice.

Odell Beckham Jr.’s Jersey Number

Odell Beckham Jr. wears jersey number 13 for the New York Giants. Players who have worn that number for the team include Ramses Barden, Dave Jennings, Danny Kanell, and Kurt Warner.

Rookie Of The Year!

Odell Beckham Jr. won the Associated Press NFL Rookie of the Year Award in 2014. The award was first given out in 1967 and he was the first New York Giants player to win it.

Odell Beckham Jr.’s First Touchdown

The first touchdown reception of Odell Beckham Jr.’s NFL career came in the fourth quarter of Week 5 in the 2014 season. It was good from 15 yards out and was thrown to him by Eli Manning.

The Long Ball!

Odell Beckham Jr. has caught at least one touchdown pass of 75 yards or longer in each of his first three NFL seasons. He caught an 80 yarder in a win over the Rams in 2014, an 87 yarder in a loss to the Patriots in 2015, an 84 yarder in a win over the Dolphins in 2015, and a 75 yarder in a win over the Ravens in 2016.

Five Things You May Not Know About Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman is the loudspoken focal points of the Seattle Seahawks defense. He’s never shy of speaking his mind and has always done a great job of backing it up on the field. He’s turned himself into one of the best defensive backs in the league along the way too.

Here are five things you may not know about Richard Sherman:

High School Ties

Richard Sherman attended Manuel Dominguez High School in Compton, California. Other famous names to come from the same high school include baseball player Hubie Brooks, basketball player Cedric Ceballos, basketball player Tyson Chandler, basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Johnson, baseball player Ken Landreaux, basketball player Tayshaun Prince, comedian Paul Rodriguez, and football player Greg Townsend.

The Big Switch

Richard Sherman played wide receiver at Stanford during his first few seasons, catching a total of seven touchdown passes. After switching to defensive back he would accumulate six interceptions during his college career, returning one for a touchdown.

That Jersey Number

Richard Sherman wears jersey number 25 for the Seattle Seahawks. Other players to have worn that number for the team include Robert Blackmon, Don Dufek, Brian Russell, Lamar Smith, and Reggie Tongue.

The First Tackle

The first NFL player Richard Sherman was credited with tackling was Victor Cruz of the New York Giants.

And The First Penalty

The first penalty Richard Sherman would be called for would be Defensive Holding. It came on a third down in the second quarter of a 2011 loss to the Bengals.

The Quarterback Who Links Tony Dorsett To Eric Dickerson

Tony Dorsett and Eric Dickerson are two of the greatest running backs in NFL history. Dorsett came first, debuting in the 1970’s, while Dickerson launched his career in the 1980’s. They did overlap for a few years while both saw action in the league.

Tony Dorsett came out of the University of Pittsburgh and immediately made an impact on America’s Team, and the NFL, when he joined the Dallas Cowboys. By the time he left the team, he owned almost every major rushing record in Dallas. He finished his career with a short stint on the Denver Broncos.

Eric Dickerson came to the NFL after a highly touted career in college at Southern Methodist University. He took the league by storm with some magnificent years with the Rams before moving on to play with the Colts, Raiders, and briefly the Falcons.

Both of these great running backs would eventually be honored with induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

One NFL quarterback links these two all time greats. There is only one player who threw touchdown passes to both of these Hall of Famers. In a 1984 win over the Bears, Cowboys quarterback Gary Hogeboom would hook up with Tony Dorsett on a 68 yard scoring pass. He and Dorsett would again combine for a score the next season in a loss to the Eagles, this one from seven yards out. Three seasons later, as quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, Gary Hogeboom would toss a 50 yard TD pass to Eric Dickerson in a loss to the Jets.

Golden Tate’s First NFL Game

Golden Tate rose to everyone’s attention with the accomplishments he pulled off while playing receiver for the Seattle Seahawks. He then moved on to the Detroit Lions and has continued to put up good numbers as one of Matthew Stafford’s key receivers. Everyone starts somewhere though, and what was Golden Tate’s first NFL game like?

Golden Tate took the field for the first time in the NFL in Week 2 of the 2010 season for the Seattle Seahawks against the Denver Broncos.

In that first game of his career, he was targeted twice by Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. He was thrown to the first time in the third quarter and it was good for a 52 yard gain. Not bad, for the first catch of his NFL career. The second and final pass thrown to him that day fell incomplete.

Golden Tate also fielded three punts in that first game. The first was a punt of 63 yards that he returned 63 yards. The second was a fair catch. The third saw him return the ball 19 yards.

Golden Tate’s first NFL game didn’t rewrite the record books. But it did show off his skills as a big play athlete. Looking back at that first game really does give a good indication of the player he would become.

Unexpected 200 Yard Rushing Games – Part Two

The running back who puts up a 200 yard performance in a game has really made his mark on the NFL. With a 100 yard game as the standard for a great game, doubling that is something few get to do. And those who do are usually the bigger names in NFL history too. That isn’t always the case though.

Here are some 200 yard games that came from unexpected sources:

John Fuqua – Pittsburgh Steelers

John Fuqua played his rookie year with the New York Giants before moving on to the Pittsburgh Steelers where he spent the last seven years of his career. He had seven 100 yard rushing games during that career. His best day though came in a 1970 loss to the Eagles when he carried the ball 20 times for 218 yards and two touchdowns.

Derrick Ward – New York Giants

Derrick Ward played five seasons for the Giants in the mid 2000’s, before ending his career with a year in Tampa Bay and two seasons with the Texans. He had just three games in which he broke the 100 yard mark. In a win over the Panthers in 2008, he carried the ball 15 times for 215 yards and no touchdowns. This was good for a 14.33 yard average.

LeShon Johnson – Arizona Cardinals

LeShon Johnson played six seasons in the NFL, including time with the Packers, Cardinals, and Giants. He had just one game in which he ran for over 100 yards. In that game, a win over the Saints, he carried the ball 21 times for 214 yards and two touchdowns.

Dan Towler – Los Angeles Rams

Dan Towler played during the early 1950’s for the Los Angeles Rams. He led the league twice in rushing touchdowns but broke the 100 yard rushing mark just 10 times. One of those games saw him carry the ball 14 times for 205 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Colts.

Jonas Gray – New England Patriots

Jonas Gray ran for a total of 588 yards in three NFL seasons with the Dolphins, Patriots, and Jaguars. In a Patriots win over the Colts in 2014, he carried the ball 37 times for 201 yards and four touchdowns. This game represents more than one third of his total career rushing yards.

Barry Word – Kansas City Chiefs

Barry Word played in the NFL from 1987 to 1994. He played three years with the Chiefs, two with the Saints, and one each with the Cardinals and Vikings. During that time he had seven 100 yard rushing games, all with the Chiefs. In a 1990 win over the Lions, Barry Word carried the ball 18 times for 200 yards and two touchdowns.

Check out: Unexpected 200 Yard Rushing Games – Part One!

20 Buffalo Bills Quarterback Fun Facts

The Buffalo Bills came to professional football in 1960 as one of the founding members of the American Football League. Through the years the team has had some very successful years. They’ve also had some very successful quarterbacks.

Here are 20 fun facts about the quarterbacks of the Buffalo Bills.

Double Digit TD Passes From Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly threw 237 regular season touchdown passes during his career with the Buffalo Bills. There are seven players who caught 10 or more from him during his time in the league: Andre Reed, Pete Metzelaars, Thurman Thomas, James Lofton, Don Beebe, Bill Brooks, and Keith McKeller.

A New Century Of Revolving Quarterbacks

For the first decade of the 2000’s, stretching from 2000 to 2009, the Buffalo Bills had seven different quarterbacks lead the team in passing: Rob Johnson, Alex Van Pelt, Drew Bledsoe, Kelly Holcomb, J.P. Losman, Trent Edwards, and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Tyrod Taylor’s First TD Pass

Tyrod Taylor’s first touchdown pass came in Week 1 of the 2015 season. It went for 51 yards and was caught by Percy Harvin in a win over the Colts.

A Quick Trip To The Top Three

Even though Drew Bledsoe only played three seasons with the Buffalo Bills, by the time he left the team he was already number three in Bills history in total passing yards with 10,151. He was the third Bills quarterback ever to throw for 10,000 or more yards with the team after Joe Ferguson and Jim Kelly.

Joe Ferguson… A League Leader

Longtime Buffalo Bills quarterback Joe Ferguson led the league in passing yards in 1977, touchdown passes in 1975, interceptions in 1977 and 1982, and in 1978, at 92 yards, he had the longest touchdown pass of the year.

Highest Drafted Buffalo Bills Quarterback

The first time the Buffalo Bills used a first round draft pick on a quarterback was in 1983 when they selected Jim Kelly. Prior to that, the highest they had drafted a quarterback was Dennis Shaw with the 30th overall pick in the second round in 1970.

Trent Edwards’ Longest Touchdown Pass

The longest touchdown pass Trent Edwards would throw in the NFL came on December 9, 2007 in a Bills win over the Dolphins when he connected with Lee Evans for a 70 yard score.

The First 3,000 Yard Season In Buffalo

The first Buffalo Bills quarterback to have a 3,000 yard season was Joe Ferguson in 1979. That year saw him throw for 3,572 yards. He’d do it for a second time in 1981.

Dennis Shaw’s Best Game

Dennis Shaw was quarterback for the Buffalo Bills during the early 1970’s. His best game was the first of the 1971 season when, in a loss to the Cowboys, he completed 18 of 30 passes for 353 yards and four touchdowns.

The First Pro Bowl Buffalo Bills Quarterback

The first Buffalo Bills quarterback to make it to the Pro Bowl was Daryle Lamonica in 1965.

Jim Kelly’s First 300 Yard Game

Jim Kelly is the Bills all time great quarterback. He had 26 different games in which he threw for more than 300 yards. His first 300 yard game came on November 2, 1986, in the 9th game of his rookie year, when he passed for 342 yards in a Buffalo loss to Tampa Bay.

Rob Johnson’s Best Game Ever

Rob Johnson’s best game of his NFL career came in 2000 in a Bills win over the Chargers when he completed 29 of 47 passes for 321 yards and a touchdown.

Ryan Fitzgerald And The Longest TD Pass Of The Year

After two seasons with the Rams and two seasons with the Bengals, Ryan Fitzgerald came to the Buffalo Bills in 2009. He had a record of 4-4 as a starter that year and his 98 yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens in a loss to the Jaguars was the longest TD pass of the year in the NFL that season.

Most Bills Interceptions In A Game

In a loss to the Patriots in 1967, Bills quarterback and future Raiders head coach Tom Flores would throw five interceptions, tying the team record set in 1960 by Tommy O’Connell. This Bills record would be broken in 1974 when Joe Ferguson of the Bills threw six interceptions.

Vince Ferragamo? A Bill?

After a long career with the Los Angeles Rams, beginning in 1977, including a year away in the CFL, quarterback Vince Ferragamo came to the Buffalo Bills in 1985. He went 1-8 as a starter that season, the year before Jim Kelly would come to the team.

Most Buffalo Bills 300 Yard Games

When Joe Ferguson left the Buffalo Bills, he had thrown for over 300 yards in a game 10 times, a team record. Prior to him, the Bills quarterback with the most 300 yard games had been Jack Kemp and Dennis Shaw who’d each thrown for three. Jim Kelly would change all that, throwing for 300 yards or more in a game 26 times while with Buffalo.

Doug Flutie And His Win-Loss Record

Doug Flutie played for four teams during his NFL career. His career record as a starter was 38-28. He went 1-0 with the Bears, 8-5 with the Patriots, 8-14 with the Chargers, but was 21-9 while starting for the Bills from 1998 to 2000.

Buffalo Bills 90+ Yard TD Passes

Through the 2016 season, the Buffalo Bills have had four TD passes over 90 yards in distance. The first came in a win over the Oilers in 1964 when Jack Kemp and Glenn Bass hooked up for 94 yards. The second came in 1978 when Joe Ferguson and Frank Lewis teamed up for a 92 yard score. The third came in 1996 when Todd Collins and Quinn Early combined on a 95 yard score. The fourth was the 98 yard scoring play that Ryan Fitzpatrick and Terrell Owens had worked together on.

Jack Kemp And His Favorite Opponent

Jack Kemp was a young gunslinging quarterback for the Buffalo Bills during the 1960’s. During his career, the team he would throw more touchdown passes against than any other was the 22 he threw in games against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Forgotten Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks

Some NFL players you may not remember making it on the Buffalo Bills roster as quarterbacks include: Kyle Orton, Vince Ferragamo, James Harris, Billy Joe Hobert, and Shane Matthews.

Who Did Dolphins Quarterback Bob Griese Throw The Most TD Passes Against?

Bob Griese had a long NFL career and he was very successful too, ending up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Over the course of his career he played in some big games, set some records, and made some big throws.

Which team though did Bob Griese throw the most touchdown passes against during his entire NFL career?

Bob Griese threw 23 touchdown passes against the Buffalo Bills. He would also throw 26 touchdown passes against the New England Patriots too. The team that he would throw the most touchdown passes against though was the New York Jets, with a total of 33.

The Most TD Passes By A Seattle Seahawks Rookie Quarterback

The Seattle Seahawks came into the NFL in 1976 as an expansion team. They had a number of tough seasons in those early years but would eventually rise to become one of the top teams in the league. They’ve had some good players suit up at quarterback over the years too. Which rookie quarterbacks have performed the best though?

Seattle Seahawks Rookie Quarterbacks: Most TD Passes In A Season

In that first season of play in 1976, rookie Jim Zorn threw 12 touchdown passes for the Seattle Seahawks. This was the most in a season for the team until it was tied by rookie Rick Mirer who threw 12 of his own in 1993.

In 2012, rookie Russell Wilson came to the Seahawks and threw 26 touchdown passes in his first season, setting a new team record.

Seattle Seahawks Rookie Quarterbacks: Most TD Passes In A Game

The Seahawks quarterbacks to throw two touchdown passes in a game as a rookie include Russell Wilson, Jim Zorn, and Kelly Stouffer. Russell Wilson also threw three touchdown passes in a game as a rookie in Seattle, doing so in a win over the Vikings. Another rookie Seahawks QB with a three touchdown pass game is Brock Huard who did so in a loss to the Colts in 2000.

In a 2012 win over the 49ers, Russell Wilson had a four TD pass performance too. This only tied the record for Seahawks rookie quarterbacks though. That had been set in a win over the Buccaneers in 1977, the team’s second season in the league, when quarterback Steve Myer threw four TD passes of his own.

20 Green Bay Packers Quarterback Fun Facts

The Green Bay Packers are one of the most tradition rich teams in the National Football League. They’ve had a number of great players over the years, including at the quarterback position. Here is a look at 20 fun facts about Green Bay Packers quarterbacks.

-On January 1st, 2012, Matt Flynn set the new Green Bay single game touchdown pass record by throwing six TD passes in a win over the Lions. This record would later be matched twice by Aaron Rodgers. The main difference is that Flynn would only throw a total of 17 touchdown passes during his entire career.

-The player who would catch more touchdown passes from Packers quarterback Lynn Dickey than anyone else was Paul Coffman who caught 35 while the two played together. In second on that list with 32 is James Lofton.

-In 2009, Aaron Rodgers became the first Packers quarterback to be sacked 50 or more times in a season. He was brought down behind the line of scrimmage exactly 50 times that year. Three seasons later in 2012, he’d break his own team record when he was sacked 51 times.

-Babe Parilli played quarterback for the Packers in the late 1950’s and never had a 300 yard game. The most yards he ever threw for in a game during that time was 297 in a loss to the Redskins in 1958. After going to the Patriots of the AFL, Parilli would throw for more than 300 yards seven times.

-Who has thrown the most interceptions as a Packers quarterback in one season? Tobin Rote set the modern mark in 1950 when he threw 24 interceptions. That would stand as the most in team history until 1980 when Lynn Dickey threw 25. Dickey would break his own record when he threw 29 in 1983. Brett Favre then tied that with 29 interceptions of his own in 2005.

-James Lofton and Sterling Sharpe are two of Green Bay’s greatest wide receivers. The only quarterback to throw touchdown passes to both of them during his Packer career was Randy Wright.

-The first five quarterbacks to have 400 yard passing days for the Packers were Don Horn, Lynn Dickey, Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, and Matt Flynn.

-The team who Brett Favre would throw the most touchdown passes against during his career was the Chicago Bears with a total of 60.

-Tobin Rote threw at least one touchdown pass in 13 consecutive games over the 1955 and 1956 NFL seasons. This set a Packers record at the time and was the first streak of 10 or more games this had been done for Green Bay. This team record would later be broken by Don Majkowski in 1988-89 and eventually be broken a few times by Brett Favre.

-The most yards Don Majkowski would ever throw for in a game in his career was the 367 he put up on 29 completions in a 1989 home win over the Detroit Lions.

-The first Green Bay quarterback to attempt 60 or more passes in a game was Brett Favre who attempted 61 in a win over the 49ers in 1996. Aaron Rodgers would equal that in 2015 in a loss to the Lions.

-Billy Howton caught five of the first six touchdown passes Packers all time great Bart Starr threw in his career. Those five were the only ones Starr would throw Howton during their time in the NFL.

-A 1950 loss to the Lions saw Packers quarterback Tom O’Malley set a team record with six interceptions in one game. Over 65 years later, five Green Bay quarterbacks would go on to come one shy of equaling that mark by throwing five interceptions in a game: Tobin Rote, Bart Starr, Randy Wright, Don Majkowski, and Brett Favre.

-Zeke Bratkowski played quarterback in the NFL for the Bears, Rams, and Packers. He threw four touchdown passes against Green Bay during his career and 21 while wearing the uniform of the Packers.

-In a 2000 home win over the vikings, Brett Favre threw the first overtime touchdown pass in Green Bay history when he connected with Antonio Freeman from 43 yards out.

-Four of the first five postseason touchdown passes Brett Favre threw in his career were caught by Sterling Sharpe.

-In a 1981 Packers loss to the Jets, Lynn Dickey would set a team record for most times getting sacked in one game when he was brought down behind the line of scrimmage nine times.

-The first 90+ yard touchdown pass in Packers history was thrown by Arnie Herber in a win over the Cardinals in 1939. It went for 92 yards and was caught by future Hall of Fame member Don Hutson.

-The first player ever to catch a touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers in the NFL was Packers receiver Greg Jennings. This came on November 29, 2007 i a loss to the Cowboys. It happened in the second quarter and was good from 11 yards out.

-Players most people may not remember once suited up and saw regular season action as quarterback for the Packers: Mike Tomczak, Jim Zorn, Vince Ferragamo, Chuck Fusina, Seneca Wallace, Ty Detmer, Mark Brunell, Bobby Douglass, Jim McMahon, T.J. Rubley, Steve Bono, and Steve Pisarkiewicz.

Unexpected 200 Yard Rushing Games – Part One

A running back who crosses the 100 yard rushing mark in a game is said to have had a great game. Stringing together 100 yard games can help him have one of the better seasons that year too. But, the best running backs in the game go beyond that and regularly put up 150 yard performances. They may even go beyond that as well, and cross the rare 200 yard rushing mark in a game.

This isn’t only done by the biggest names in the NFL though. Here is a look at some of the more unexpected players to have put up 200 yard games in the NFL.

Mike Anderson – Denver Broncos

Mike Anderson had twelve 100 yard rushing games during his NFL career. On one of those though, a 2000 Broncos win over the Saints, he carried the ball 37 times for 251 yards and four touchdowns.

Willie Ellison – Los Angeles Rams

Willie Ellison played six years with the Rams and a final two with the Chiefs during his career in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Ellison had just six 100 yard games during that time. On December 5, 1971 though he carried the ball 26 times for 247 yards and one touchdown.

Gene Roberts – New York Giants

Gene Roberts played for the New York Giants from 1947 to 1950. In that time, he rushed for 1,904 total yards. Just once during his career did he break the 100 yard rushing mark. When he did, he also broke the 200 yard rushing mark. In a 1950 win over the Cardinals, he carried the ball 26 times for 218 yards and two touchdowns.

Beanie Wells – Arizona Cardinals

Beanie Wells came into the NFL out of Ohio State with some high expectations. He ended up playing four seasons, all with the Arizona Cardinals, and rushed for a grand total of 2,471 yards. During his four year career, Wells had three games in which he ran for more than 100 yards. In one of those games, a 2011 win over the Rams, he carried the ball 27 times for 228 yards and one touchdown.

Terry Miller – Buffalo Bills

Terry Miller had a 1,000 yard season as a rookie with the Bills in 1978. Over the next three seasons, two with Buffalo and a final one with Seattle, he rushed for just over 500 total yards. On November 26, 1978, in a win over the Giants, he carried the ball 21 times for 208 yards and two touchdowns. This was his first game over 100 yards and he only had one more during his career.

Knowshon Moreno – Denver Broncos

Knowshon Moreno played six seasons in the NFL, all of them with the Denver Broncos. He averaged one 100 yard game per season during his career. His biggest day came on November 24, 2013 in a loss to the Patriots when he carried the ball 37 times for 224 yards and one touchdown.

Tommy Wilson – Los Angeles Rams

Tommy Wilson had a good career in the NFL, lasting from 1956 to 1963. He spent that time with the Rams, Browns, and Vikings. He broke the 100 yard rushing mark five times during his career. On December 16, 1956 in his rookie year he carried the ball 23 times for 223 yards.