Who Did John Elway Throw More Touchdowns Against Than Any Other?

The Denver Broncos of the late 1980’s and through the 1990’s were one of the most formidable teams in the entire National Football League. They had a high scoring offense that could pick a defense apart and put up some serious points. The driving force behind that offense was the quarterback, John Elway.

John Elway eventually helped the team win back to back Super Bowl titles before he retired, but he was also effective throughout his entire career.

He was blessed with having some great talent on the roster for him to work with too during this time. Some of the many offensive weapons that he was able to use included Shannon Sharpe, Terrell Davis, Ed McCaffrey, Rod Smith, Vance Johnson, Mark Jackson, Anthony Miller, and Steve Watson.

With all these great players ready to catch the ball, and a good amount of talent, it is no wonder that he finished his career ranked at or near the top in many touchdown pass related categories. What team though did he throw the most touchdown passes against?

Elway’s Broncos played in the old AFC West, which meant that most of their games were against division foes the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, and Seattle Seahawks. During his career he threw 44 touchdown passes in games against the Seahawks, more than he threw against any other team in the league. In second place on that list is the San Diego Chargers who gave up 38 touchdown passes to Elway.

Five Fun Facts About Dallas Cowboys Great Roger Staubach

Roger Staubach is one of the most popular players ever to wear a Dallas Cowboys uniform. He was drafted by the Cowboys in 1964, but because of a commitment to the United States Navy, he wouldn’t join the team full time until the late 1960’s. He was an instrumental part of the evolution of the team from the struggling expansion team of the 1960’s into America’s Team in the 1970’s.

He played a big part in all of the Cowboys success during the decade, including helping them get to multiple Super Bowls. He threw a lot of big passes, some going for some of the most important scores in team history. Here is a look at five interesting facts about the touchdown passes of Roger Staubach.

#1 Roger Staubach threw more touchdown passes against the New York Giants than he did against any other team in the league. He threw for 24 touchdowns against the Giants, just one more than he did against the second place team on that list, the St. Louis Cardinals.

#2 Staubach was a slow starter during his career when it came to throwing touchdown passes. He threw 56 touchdown passes in the second quarter, 35 in the third, 37 in the fourth, and one in overtime. However, he threw just 24 in the first quarter of play.

#3 Two players tied for the honor of catching the most touchdown passes from Roger Staubach. During their careers, both Billy Joe DuPree and Drew Pearson caught 27 touchdown passes thrown their way by Staubach. That is almost twice as many as the next person on the list.

#4 During his career, Staubach completed three touchdown passes to players who would eventually end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Bob Hayes (11), Lance Alworth (1), and Tony Dorsett (4).

#5 Staubach’s first career touchdown pass came in the first game of the 1969 season. It happened in the first quarter of a 24-3 win over the Cardinals. It was thrown for 75 yards and was caught by Lance Rentzel.

Five Things You Might Not Know About Matt Hasselbeck Of The Seattle Seahawks

Longtime Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck spent the early part of his career as the backup to Brett Favre in Green Bay. This time spent watching one of the all time greats paid off and after being acquired by the Seahawks, he jumped right into the starting quarterback role and proved to be one of the best quarterbacks the team had ever had. He even led them, with the help of running back Shaun Alexander and the rest, to the Super Bowl following the 2005 season. He has been a part of some of the Seahawks’ biggest games and made some great plays. Here is a look at five things you may not know about Matt Hasselbeck.

#1 Matt Hasselbeck threw more touchdown passes against the San Francisco 49ers, a total of 27, than he threw against any other team in the league.

#2 Matt Hasselbeck’s most successful quarter of play has by far been the second quarter. He threw 203 touchdown passes in the NFL. 39 of those have come in the first quarter, 38 in the third quarter, and 35 in the fourth quarter. It is in the second quarter though where he has thrown nearly 41% of his touchdown passes, putting up a total of 81.

#3 No player has caught more touchdown passes from Hasselbeck than the 33 that wide receiver Darrell Jackson hauled in over his career.

#4 Matt Hasselbeck started his career out with two total touchdown passes with the Green Bay Packers. He ended his career with two total touchdown passes thrown while playing for the Indianapolis Colts. In between, he threw 174 for the Seahawks and 25 for the Titans.

#5 Matt Hasselbeck’s first touchdown pass as a member of the Seattle Seahawks would come in a week six loss to the Miami Dolphins. It came in the second quarter, went for 15 yards, and was caught by Itula Mili.

Five Fun Facts About Sam Bradford Being Traded From The Eagles To The Vikings

With the recent trade of quarterback Sam Bradford from the Eagles to the Vikings, we thought it’d be a nice time to look at some fun facts about the whole situation.

-Sam Bradford wore jersey number 7 with the Philadelphia Eagles. If he keeps that number, he’ll join another former Eagles quarterback who wore number 7 for the Vikings. Randall Cunningham wore jersey number 7 in Minnesota from 1997 to 1999.

-Sam Bradford will now join other quarterbacks who have played for both the Eagles and Vikings during their career, including: Randall Cunningham, Donovan McNabb, Jim McMahon, Norm Snead, Jay Fiedler, and Bubby Brister.

-The last time the Eagles traded a quarterback to the Vikings was in 2007. That year, on August 27th, they traded Kelly Holcomb to Minnesota for an undisclosed draft pick.

-How has Sam Bradford done against the Vikings before joining them? He only went up against Minnesota once, while with the Rams in his third season in the league in 2012, and the result was a 36-22 Vikings win. In the game, Bradford completed 35 of 55 passes for 377 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. Of note in this game, Vikings kicker Blair Walsh made five field goals total including three from beyond 50 yards. Adrian Peterson also scored that day on an 82 yard run.

-Sam Bradford will now join a Vikings backfield containing the great Adrian Peterson. Both of these players are products of the University of Oklahoma. Peterson played for the Sooners from 2004 to 2006 and Bradford suited up for Oklahoma from 2006 to 2009. 2006 was the only season they were on the team together, though Bradford was not the starting quarterback that year.

Five Fun Facts About Buffalo Bills Great Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly is definitely one of the NFL‘s all time great quarterbacks. He helped lead the Buffalo Bills to four straight Super Bowls in the early 1990’s, and though the team did not win any of them, that accomplishment alone is worthy of a great deal of recognition.

Kelly was a fan favorite in Buffalo, and deservedly so. Here is a look at five interesting facts about this great NFL quarterback and a true Buffalo Bills legend.

#1 – 3,000 Yard Seasons, Not A Problem

Jim Kelly was able to accumulate eight 3,000 yard passing seasons during his career in Buffalo. Through the 2009 season, the Bills as a franchise have only had thirteen 3,000 yard passing seasons in their history. The other five were done by Joe Ferguson (twice), Doug Flutie, Drew Bledsoe, and J.P. Losman.

#2 – Bring On The Jets!

The New York Jets gave up 33 touchdown passes to Jim Kelly during his career. This is more than he threw against any other team in the league.

#3 – Hey Andre, Go Deep!

With 65 touchdown receptions thrown to him from number twelve, Andre Reed caught more of Jim Kelly’s touchdown passes than any other player in the league.

#4 – Double Hall Of Famer

Jim Kelly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002. He had also been previously inducted into the University of Miami Hall of Fame in 1992.

#5 – Cranking It Up Before The Half

Kelly threw more touchdown passes in the second quarter of the games he played in, a total of 74, than he did in any other quarter of play.

The Favorite Receivers Of The Great Miami Dolphins Quarterback Bob Griese

Bob Griese was a very successful quarterback in the National Football League. He was the quarterback for the team dating back to the late 1960’s, including shouldering some of the responsibility for the team that went undefeated in 1972, right up until the early 1980’s. Over the years, Griese played in some of the biggest games in team history. Thankfully, for Dolphins fans, he was more often than not successful in those big moments too.

There were a lot of great players on both sides of the ball that helped Griese and the Dolphins achieve some of their great heights. The Miami Dolphins of the 1970’s really epitomized the team football concept. Griese was a huge part of that team and his passing made the difference in many games. At a time when many teams were just discovering the concept of a wide open passing game, Bob Griese and the Dolphins were using a great running game to set up a deep throwing game plan that other teams would eventually emulate. Who though were Bob Griese’s favorite receivers during his career?

Here are the top five favorite touchdown pass targets for Bob Griese.

#1 – Nat Moore (33)

#2 – Paul Warfield (29)

#3 – Jim Mandich (21)

#4 – Howard Twilley (17)

#5 – Karl Noonan (16)

It’s true that Bob Griese had an excellent career, but a lot of his accolades are also due to the fact that he had some great players catching passes from him too.

Who Were The Favorite Receivers Of New Orleans Saints Great Archie Manning?

To most younger football fans, Archie Manning is known primarily as the father of current National Football League quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. During his day though, Archie was a very skilled and highly thought of quarterback himself. He didn’t end up with championships or Super Bowl rings like both Peyton and Eli have, but he was always one of the more exciting quarterbacks in the league when he was playing.

Archie Manning played most of his career with the New Orleans Saints during the 1970’s and early 1980’s. While the team was sometimes exciting and almost always entertaining, they were not always incredibly competitive. This was mainly due to the fact that other than Manning, the team did not have very many players on its roster who rose to the level of great. Despite this, Manning made numerous great plays and led the team to a number of impressive wins. Fans often wonder what could have been had they surrounded him with more talent or had he played on another team.

Who though were Archie Manning’s favorite receivers during his NFL career? Here are the top five receivers that he threw the most touchdown passes to:

Henry Childs – 20

Wes Chandler – 13

Ike Harris – 12

Danny Abramowicz – 10

Dave Parks – 8

Manning threw 115 of his 125 career touchdown passes as a member of the Saints, he also threw eight with the Houston Oilers and then two with the Minnesota Vikings. His legacy is more than just Peyton and Eli, he was a heck of a quarterback himself.

Five Little Known Facts About Raiders Great Marcus Allen

Marcus Allen had a great NFL career, playing mainly for the Raiders and later for the Chiefs, from 1982 to 1997. He put up some great numbers both rushing and receiving and had a big impact on his team’s successes. Here is a look at five little known facts about this great running back.

-Marcus Allen could catch well and obviously run well, but he was also noted for being a decent thrower during his time in the NFL. He finished his career having completed 12 of 27 passes for 285 yards and six touchdowns.

-Marcus Allen didn’t come by his throwing ability by accident. At Abraham Lincoln High School in San Diego, California, he played safety on defense and quarterback on offense.

-Marcus Allen caught 21 TD passes during his career. He caught them from five different quarterbacks over the years with Marc Wilson throwing him nine, Jim Plunkett connecting with him for six, Jay Schroeder contributing two to his total, Steve Beuerlein hitting him for one, and Joe Montana throwing him three.

-In a 1984 Raiders win over the Lions, Marcus Allen caught the longest TD pass of his career. It was a 73 yarder thrown to him by Jim Plunkett.

-The team Marcus Allen scored more touchdowns against than anyone else was the Chargers with a total of 26. Second on that list is the Seahawks with 20.

Five Fun Facts About All Time Raiders Great Jim Plunkett

Jim Plunkett had an interesting career in the National Football League. One of the most interesting of any quarterback that would go on to be one of the more successful players in a franchise’s history.

Plunkett was a major success at Stanford University where he won the Heisman Trophy and then was drafted with the number one pick by the New England Patriots. He didn’t have great success with the Patriots, and after things had grown somewhat stale there he was shipped off to the San Francisco 49ers. His tenure with the 49ers was not any better and a couple of seasons later he found himself on his third NFL roster, that of the Oakland Raiders.

It is with the Raiders that Plunkett would blossom, thanks in large part to the many great players the franchise surrounded him with on offense, including Cliff Branch, Todd Christensen, and Marcus Allen. Because of the great deal he has meant to the team, Jim Plunkett will always be a special part of Raiders history. Here is a look at five interesting facts about Jim Plunkett.

#1 – The team victimized most by Jim Plunkett was the Kansas City Chiefs. The 13 touchdowns he threw against them during his career are more than he threw against any other team.

#2 – The first touchdown Jim Plunkett threw in his NFL career happened in a 20-6 victory over the Raiders in 1971 while he was playing for the Patriots. It came in the third quarter, went for 33 yards, and was caught by Ron Sellers.

#3 – During his career, no one caught more touchdown passes from Jim Plunket than the 20 hauled in by Raiders tight end Todd Christensen.

#4 – In his first season with the Raiders, he only threw one touchdown pass. It came in the fourth quarter of a 35-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Raiders were trailing 28-0 at the time and it would be there only score of the game. It was a one yard pass to running back Derrick Jensen.

#5 – The most touchdowns Plunkett ever threw in one game was four, and he did it three times, once with each team he played with. He first did it for the Patriots in a 1971 game against the Buffalo Bills, he then did it for the 49ers in a 1977 game against the Dallas Cowboys, and then he did it in 1983 for the Raiders in a game against the Redskins.

Penn State Nittany Lions Quarterbacks Selected In The NFL Draft

Penn State has a fabulous college football pedigree that has shown them to produce many great players and appear in many very important games. The quarterback is the position that gets the most notice on a team. How many quarterbacks from Penn State have gone on to be drafted into the NFL?

Milt Plum – 1957 – Browns – 2nd Round
Drafted by the Browns in 1957 out of Penn State, quarterback Milt Plum had a 13 year career in the NFL. He played his first five seasons with the Browns where he led the NFL in completion percentage in 1959, 1960, and 1961. He then played six seasons with the Lions. Plum then finished his career with one season with the Rams and a final season in 1969 with the Giants.

Al Jacks – 1958 – Rams – 10th Round
Al Jacks was drafted in the 10th round of the 1958 NFL Draft by the Rams. He never played in the NFL and would go on to serve as head football coach at Clarion State College from 1963 to 1981.

Richie Lucas – 1960 – Redskins – 1st Round
Selected by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 1960 NFL Draft, Richie Lucas was also taken in the first round of the 1960 AFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. Lucas chose the AFL over the NFL, playing with the Bills from 1960 to 1961 and then appearing on the roster of the Broncos in 1962. Following his brief pro football career, Richie Lucas returned to Penn State and served as the school’s athletic director until 1998. He eventually was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

Don Jonas – 1961 – Eagles – 13th Round
Don Jonas began his career at Penn State as a running back but would eventually play quarterback. He played just one game with the Eagles in 1962, would go on to play semi-pro football through the rest of the 1960s, and then play for the Argonauts, Blue Bombers, and Tiger-Cats over five seasons in the Canadian Football League in the beginning of the 1970s.

Pete Liske – 1963 – Eagles – 10th Round
Pete Liske was taken in the 10th round of the 1963 NFL Draft by the Eagles and the 15th round of the 1963 AFL Draft by the Jets. He chose to play with the Jets, but stayed with the team for just that one season. He then spent 1965 to 1968 in the Canadian Football League. Liske returned to America after that, playing for the Broncos from 1969 to 1970 and then the Eagles from 1971 to 1972. He finished his pro football career back in the CFL with both the Stampeders of Calgary and the BC Lions.

Jack White – 1966 – Colts – 8th Round
Jack White has gone down in history as the first player to score a touchdown for Penn State under legendary head coach Joe Paterno. He was picked in the 8th round by the Colts in the 1966 NFL Draft. He wouldn’t play in the NFL and instead would become a dentist.

John Hufnagel – 1973 – Broncos – 14th Round
The Broncos added John Hufnagel in 1973 by selecting him in the 14th round of the NFL Draft. He played two seasons in Denver as the third string quarterback behind Charley Johnson and Steve Ramsey.

Tom Shuman – 1975 – Bengals – 6th Round
Tom Shuman was a great on field leader for Penn State in the early 1970s, playing in some very big games. He would eventually be picked by Cincinnati in the 6th round of the 1975 NFL Draft. He didn’t end up making the team, but he did spend some time on the roster of the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League and then three seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL.

Chuck Fusina – 1979 – Buccaneers – 5th Round
Drafted in the 5th round of the 1979 NFL Draft, Chuck Fusina was highly rated at Penn State and ready to make an impact on the NFL. He played three seasons with the Buccaneers, followed by two seasons with the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars of the USFL. He was named the MVP of the 1984 USFL Championship Game. He returned to the NFL in 1986 for a final year of pro football with the Packers.

Todd Blackledge – 1983 – Chiefs – 1st Round
Todd Blackledge was the 7th overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft by the Chiefs. He stayed with the team from then until 1987. He then had two final NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Tony Sacca – 1992 – Cardinals – 2nd Round
The Phoenix Cardinals selected Tony Sacca in the second round of the 1992 NFL Draft. He was with the team just that one season. He would later play with the Barcelona Dragons of the World League of American Football.

Kerry Collins – 1995 – Panthers – 1st Round
Kerry Collins was taken with the 5th overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. He was actually the first player the Panthers ever drafted, as 1995 was their first year as a team. He had a 17 year career that saw him make two Pro Bowls and play for six different teams, the Panthers, Saints, Giants, Raiders, Titans, and Colts.

Wally Richardson – 1997 – Ravens 7th Round
The Baltimore Ravens made Penn State quarterback Wally Richardson their 7th round pick in the 1997 NFL Draft. He played just the one season in the NFL, attempting two passes, completing one, for a gain of just one yard.