The Most TD Passes By A Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rookie Quarterback



The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came into the NFL in the 1970’s as an expansion team. They have had some highs and lows over the years, including a win in the Super Bowl. A number of men have suited up as quarterback for the team over the years. That’s a tough spot to succeed in, especially as a rookie.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rookie Quarterbacks: Most TD Passes In A Season

In 2009, rookie Bucs quarterback threw 10 touchdown passes. This topped the team rookie record of nine that had been set three seasons earlier by Bruce Gradkowski. That mark would be topped four years later when Mike Glennon, in 2013, threw 19 touchdown passes.

The most touchdown passes thrown by a rookie Tampa Bay in a season though is the 22 put up by Jameis Winston in 2015.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rookie Quarterbacks: Most TD Passes In A Game

Several rookie Buccaneers quarterbacks have thrown two TD passes in a game over the years, including names like Doug Williams, Vinny Testaverde, Jameis Winston, Shaun King, Josh Johnson, Mike Hold, Bruce Gradkowski, Josh Freeman, and Mike Glennon.

In a win over the Packers in 2009, Josh Freeman threw three touchdown passes.

The most touchdown passes by a Bucs rookie quarterback in a game though came in 2015 when Jameis Winston threw a total of five in a win over the Eagles.

The Five Best Kicking Seasons In Cardinals NFL History



The kicking game is often one of the most needed parts of a football team. Kickers aren’t on the field for much of the game but when they’re needed, you notice. The Cardinals have been around for a very long time. Who in franchise history has had the best kicking seasons though?

#5 – Greg Davis – 1995
In 1995, Greg Davis would make 30 of 39 field goals for a 76.9% field goal percentage. Of his nine misses, five would come from 50 yards away or longer. He would convert all 19 of his extra point attempts that season.

#4 – Jay Feely – 2012
In 2012, the Cardinals went 5-11 after starting the season 4-0. In the process, Jay Feely successfully made all 25 of his extra point attempts and successfully kicked 25 of 28 field goals for a 89.3% field goal percentage.

#3 – Neil Rackers – 2008
The Cardinals of 2008 were a very high scoring team and Neil Rackers would convert on 44 of 44 extra point attempts. His 89.3% field goal percentage of the year, successfully making 25 of 28 attempts, was a team record at the time. One that he would later break.

#2 – Chandler Catanzaro – 2015
The 2015 season saw the Cardinals go 13-3, beat the Packers in overtime in the playoffs, and eventually lose to the Panthers in the conference championship. Along the way, Chandler Catanzaro made 53 of 58 field goals for a 91.4% percentage. He also made 28 of 31 extra point attempts.

#1 – Neil Rackers – 2005
Rackers finished 2005 successfully making 40 of the 42 field goals he attempted, missing one from over 50 yards and another from just under. His 95.2# field goal percentage for the season is a team record. He was also a perfect 20 for 20 on extra points.

Of note:

-Five players have made 100% of their field goal tries during a season with the Cardinals. Those players are Bill Smith who was two for two in 1938, Regis Monahan who was one for one in 1939, Dave Mann who was one for one in 1955, Nick Novak who was three for three in 2005, and Mike Nugent who was two for two in 2009.

Great Games – Qadry Ismail Goes Off In A Ravens Win Over The Steelers



Though the Baltimore Ravens have only technically been around since the mid 1990’s (before that they were the Cleveland Browns), the rivalry between them and the Pittsburgh Steelers is intense. These two teams always seem to play each other tough. Sometimes this means defensive battles and sometimes this means slugging it out with their running backs.

On December 12th, 1999 though the match-up would feature one of the bigger receiving performances put in when Qadry Ismail of the Ravens had the game of his life.

Pittsburgh opened up the scoring when running back Jerome Bettis passed the ball to wide receiver Hines Ward for a 21 yard score. Baltimore’s Priest Holmes answered back with a 64 yard touchdown run. Kris Brown added a field goal for the Steelers and after the first quarter they were up 10-7. The only points scored in the second quarter came on a field goal from Matt Stover which made it 10-10 at halftime.

To start the 3rd quarter off, Ravens quarterback hit Qadry Ismail for a touchdown from 54 yards out. Steelers quarterback Mike Tomczak answered back with a six yard touchdown pass to Troy Edwards. Banks would hit Ismail again, this time from 59 yards away. This would be followed by the third of Ismail’s touchdowns that day when he caught a 76 yard pass from Banks. When the third quarter ended, the Ravens had opened it up to a 31-17 lead. Tomczak would add his second touchdown pass of the day in the fourth quarter when he threw it to Kordell Stewart from 11 yards out. The Ravens though would hold on for the win by the score of 31-24.

Ravens quarterback Tony Banks would actually have a poor passing performance that day. Although he racked up 268 yards in the air, he only completed eight of 26 passes. Qadry Ismail though was having the time of his life. He caught six passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns that day, a day he will most likely never forget.

Which Players Caught Just One TD Pass From Bob Griese Of The Miami Dolphins?



Bob Griese is a true NFL legend. He was quarterback of the Miami Dolphins during a time when they were truly the best team in the NFL. He played in a lot of big games over the years. He also threw a lot of touchdown passes.

Many players caught a lot of touchdown passes thrown by Bob Griese. In fact, the player who caught the most, a total of 33, was none other than Nat Moore. Other players catching a double digit amount of TD passes from Bob Griese were Paul Warfield, Jim Mandich, Howard Twilley, Karl Noonan, and Duriel Harris. There were also eight players he played with who would catch just one touchdown pass from him.

The Eight Players Who Caught Just One TD Pass Thrown By Bob Griese

Nick Giaquinto
Loaird McCreary
Joe Auer
Mercury Morris
Sammy Price
Gene Milton
Gary Davis
Frank Jackson

10 Fun Facts About Vanderbilt Stadium



Vanderbilt Stadium has seen some great games over the years. Some notable players have played there too, both on the home team and as visitors. Here is a look at some fun facts and interesting info about Vanderbilt Stadium.

-Vanderbilt Stadium was built in 1922 and had extensive remodeling done in 1981.

-When built, it was the first stadium in the south to be used just for college football.

-Beginning in 1998, Vanderbilt Stadium became home to the Music City Bowl.

-The complex is named Vanderbilt Stadium but the surface is named Dudley Field after William Dudley, an early Dean of the Vanderbilt University Medical School and also a man who was integral to the founding of both the Southeastern Conference as well as the NCAA.

-The playing surface of Vanderbilt Stadium was natural grass from 1922 to 1969 before it was replaced with Astroturf in 1970. The Astroturf was pulled out in 1998 and beginning in 1999 grass would make its return to the field at Vanderbilt.

-During the 1998 NFL season, Vanderbilt Stadium was home to the Tennessee Oilers who the very next year would be renamed the Tennessee Titans.

-Vanderbilt Stadium was never intended to be the home of an NFL team. The Oilers first played in Memphis at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in 1997. The attendance there was so low that the team relocated to Nashville a year early and played at Vanderbilt while their new stadium there was under construction.

-The first night game ever played at the stadium came in 1954 when the Vanderbilt Commodores hosted the number 10 ranked Baylor Bears. The only reason lighting was available at the game was because it had been installed in preparation for a Billy Graham Crusade. The stadium hosted a second Billy Graham Crusade 25 years later in 1979.

-Some of the many musical acts that have performed at Vanderbilt Stadium include Dave Matthews Band, U2, Pink Floyd, and the Rolling Stones.

-On May 18th, 1963, President John F. Kennedy spoke at Vanderbilt Stadium.

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.