Rookie Running Backs And Their 100 Yard Games Against The Buffalo Bills



Being a rookie running back in the NFL is tough enough what with all the pressure to perform at a high level. The Buffalo Bills have been in pro football since 1960, first in the AFL and since 1970 as part of the NFL. How many rookie running backs have had 100 yard games against them during that time?

The answer is 29.

Fun Facts:

-The first rookie running back to have a 100 yard game against the Bills was Dave Smith of the Houston Oilers in both teams’ first year in football, 1960.

-Curtis Martin is the only rookie running back to ever have two 100 yard games against the Bills in the same rookie season, doing so as a member of the Patriots in 1995.

-The oldest rookie to ever rush for more than 100 yards against the Bills was Michael LeBlanc of the Patriots who was 25 years and 159 days old and playing in the NFL during the labor troubled 1987 season.

-The youngest rookie to ever rush for more than 100 yards against Buffalo is Clinton Portis who did it at the age of 21 years and 21 days old while with the Broncos in 2002.

-Against Edgerrin James and the Colts in 1999 was the first and so far only time the Bills gave up 100 yards rushing to a rookie on opening day.

-Players who gained 100 yards or more in a game against the Bills and would eventually go on to make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame include Earl Campbell, Eric Dickerson, Franco Harris, and Curtis Martin.

-The Patriots have had more rookie running backs gain 100 or more yards against the Bills than any other team. They have had five players do it a total of six times. Martin did it twice in 1995 and Michael LeBlanc did it once in 1987. Others to do it include BenJarvus Green-Ellis in 2008, Leonard Russell in 1991, and John Stephens in 1988.

10 Fun Facts About The TD Passes Of Warren Moon


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Warren Moon was a Hall of Fame quarterback that took an interesting path during his career. Starting out in the Canadian Football League before finding a home with the Houston Oilers, he would go on to set several team and league records while running one of the high powered offenses of the era. Here is a look at 10 fun facts about Warren Moon and the touchdown passes he threw.

-In a loss to the Raiders on September 2nd, 1984, Warren Moon threw his very first TD pass. It came in the second quarter, went for 10 yards, and was caught by Mike Holston.

-That TD pass, the first of his NFL career, was the only one he would end up throwing to Mike Holston.

-Warren Moon finished his career throwing 291 touchdown passes. He threw 196 while with the Oilers, 58 playing for the Vikings, 36 playing with the Seahawks, and one while playing for the Chiefs.

-The most TD passes Warren Moon would throw in a season was 33. He did this twice, first in 1990 and then again in 1995.

-The team Warren Moon would throw the most touchdown passes against while in the NFL was the Cincinnati Bengals with a total of 37.

-11 of Warren Moon’s 291 career TD passes were thrown in Monday Night Football games.

-Warren Moon threw more TD passes in the second quarter during his career, a total of 105, than he did in any other quarter of play. He also threw 43 in the first quarter, 67 in the third quarter, 74 in the fourth quarter, and two in overtime.

-The top five targets for Warren Moon touchdown passes were Drew Hill with 43, Ernest Givins with 40, Haywood Jeffires with 30, Cris Carter with 26, and Curtis Duncan with 19.

-Warren Moon threw touchdown passes to 41 different players during his NFL career.

-In an Oilers win over the Chiefs in 1990, Warren Moon threw the longest TD pass of his career, an 87 yarder to Haywood Jeffires.

Five Things You Probably Don’t Know About The Philadelphia Eagles



The Philadelphia Eagles were founded in 1933 as a replacement franchise after the Frankford Yellow Jackets failed due to bankruptcy. Some of the league’s biggest names played for the Eagles in the early days including Steve Van Buren, Chuck Bednarik, Sonny Jurgensen, Tommy McDonald, Pete Pihos and Norm Van Brocklin. The Eagles have come close to playing for the NFL title in recent years, but their only actual titles occurred quite some time ago when they won back-to-back titles in 1948 and 1949 and then also won it all in 1960. Here is a look at five things you probably don’t know about the Philadelphia Eagles.

1. The only loss in a championship game ever suffered by legendary Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi came in the 1960 NFL Championship Game at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles.

2. The last pass completed by legendary Eagles quarterback Roman Gabriel went to Vince Papale who would later be played by actor Mark Wahlberg in the 2006 Disney movie titled ‘Invincible’.

3. Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Bill Bradley was the first NFL player to ever lead the league in interceptions two seasons in a row.

4. The Philadelphia Eagles were the first, and so far only, NFL team to win back-to-back NFL Championship Games while holding the opponent to no points. The Eagles defeated the Chicago Cardinals 7-0 in the 1948 championship game and then won the 1949 NFL title game by a score of 14-0 over the Los Angeles Rams.

5. Before the 1996 season, the Philadelphia Eagles changed their official colors from Kelly Green to Midnight Green.

The Philadelphia Eagles have one of the longer team histories in all of the National Football League. During their more than seven decades in professional football they have been involved in many of the most memorable moments in the league. The Eagles have had a number of important players over the years, many who have gone on to become somewhat legendary. The team is an important part of the city of Philadelphia and will remain so for quite some time.

15 Fun Facts About John F. Kennedy Stadium In Philadelphia



John F. Kennedy Stadium was an important part of the sports and entertainment landscape of Philadelphia for a very long time. It hosted some incredible games and memorable moments from the sports world. It also was home to some big name concerts over the years too.

Here is a look at some fun facts and little known info about John F. Kennedy Stadium which once graced Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

-The stadium opened in 1926 as Sesquicentennial Stadium and was quickly renamed Philadelphia Municipal Stadium. It then changed it’s name in 1964 in memory of John F. Kennedy who had been assassinated the previous year.

-John F. Kennedy Stadium was closed in the summer of 1989 and was later demolished in 1992.

-The stadium was home to the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League from 1936 to 1939 and then again in 1941.

-The American portion of the historic Live Aid concert of 1985 was hosted at JFK Stadium.

-The Liberty Bowl that is now played in Memphis, Tennessee got it’s start in Philadelphia in Philadelphia Municipal Stadium. It was played there from 1959 to 1963 before moving for one year to Atlantic City and then on to Memphis.

-Some of the many notable musical acts to perform at John F. Kennedy Stadium included The Beatles, Peter Frampton, The J. Geils Band, The Supremes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rolling Stones, Foreigner, Blondie, The Clash, The Who, Santana, Journey, Sammy Hagar, Bryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, and Sting.

-Judy Garland’s last concert in America took place at JFK Stadium in 1968.

-The last concert performance there was given by the Grateful Dead in 1989 with Bruce Hornsby & The Range as the opening act. The last song played in the stadium was Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.

-From 1936 to 1979, Philadelphia Municipal Stadium and later John F. Kennedy Stadium was home to the yearly Army-Navy college football game.

-The stadium was home to two notable professional heavyweight championship boxing matches during it’s lifetime. In 1926 Gene Tunney won the title from Jack Dempsey there and in 1952 an undefeated Rocky Marciano knocked out Jersey Joe Walcott there.

-A second professional football team called the stadium home in 1974 when the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League played there.

-During parts of the 1970’s and 1980’s, John F. Kennedy Stadium served as the practice field for the Philadelphia Eagles while they played their games at Veterans Stadium.

-The first football team to call the stadium home were the Philadelphia Quakers of the original American Football League in 1926.

-The stadium was also home to the Frankford Yellow Jackets of the NFL in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s until that team folded.

-The Wells Fargo Center now sits on the site that was once JFK Stadium.

10 Fun Facts About The Liberty Bowl


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The Liberty Bowl is one of the older college bowl games still being played. It has a long history that includes showing off some great players, great teams, and great match ups. College bowl season is something special for fans of college football and the Liberty Bowl has been a big part of it.

Here is a look at some fun facts and little known info about the Liberty Bowl.

-The first Liberty Bowl was played in 1959 and saw Penn State defeat Alabama by the score of 7-0.

-Mississippi is tied for the most Liberty Bowl appearances with four and is the only team to amass four victories in the history of the bowl game.

-The Liberty Bowl started off being played in Philadelphia from 1959 to 1963. It was then moved to Atlantic City in 1964. In 1965 it was moved to Memphis where it has been ever since.

-The most points ever scored by one team in the Liberty Bowl was 47. This happened in 1969 when the Colorado Buffaloes defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 47-33.

-The 1964 Liberty Bowl was the first bowl game ever to be played indoors. It was played in the Convention Hall on grass laid out over a concrete floor separated only by a layer of burlap.

-In 2004, Boise State lost to Louisville in the Liberty Bowl by the score of 44-40. This was the highest score ever put up by a losing team in the history of the game.

-Two of the first four Liberty Bowls were shutouts. Besides Penn State beating Alabama 7-0 in the first one, the fourth one featured Oregon State defeating Villanova 6-0. Since then there have been four more shutouts with USC defeating Texas A&M 20-0 in 1975, Mississippi beating Air Force 13-0 in 1992, Illinois defeating East Carolina 30-0 in 1994, and Utah beating Southern Miss 17-0 in 2003.

-Every Liberty Bowl has been played in the month of December except for two. The 2009 and 2010 Liberty Bowls were both played on January 2nd.

-Some of the players who have won the MVP of the Liberty Bowl and gone on to distinguish themselves in professional football or otherwise gain fame include Dick Hoak, Ernie Davis, Joe Ferguson, Randy White, Ricky Bell, James Wilder, Mark Hermann, Doug Flutie, Bo Jackson, and Adalius Thomas.

-The Liberty Bowl has played in three different stadiums: John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia (at the time known as Philadelphia Municipal Stadium), Convention Hall in Atlantic City, and Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis.

Five Things You Probably Don’t Know About The Pittsburgh Steelers


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With six Super Bowl trophies in their trophy case, the Pittsburgh Steelers have a solid claim at being one of the best pro football franchises ever. The Steelers have not always experienced this type of success though as there was an extended period of subpar play that began when they first took the field as the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1933, and extended up until the 1970s. The mid-1970s Steelers made quite an impact though, winning four Super Bowls in a span of six years. Since that time, the Steelers have been a team that all other NFL squads have had to take seriously. Here are five things you probably don’t know about the Pittsburgh Steelers.

1. The first wide receiver to win the Super Bowl MVP Award was the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Lynn Swann.

2. Steelers quarterback and Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw’s last touchdown pass of his career came against the New York Jets in a 1983 road game. This would be the last NFL touchdown pass completed in New York City as the Jets would begin playing their home games in New Jersey the very next year.

3. Only 49ers great Steve Young has more career rushing touchdows as a quarterback than former Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart.

4. Mike Webster was the longtime center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, eventually earning enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He also has the distinction of being named the starting center on both the 1970s NFL All Decade Team as well as the 1980s NFL All Decade Team.

5. In the entire history of the Pittsburgh Steelers, dating back to 1933, the team has only posted one winless season. That year of no victories came in 1943 when because of worker shortages related to World War II they had combined their roster with the Chicago Cardinals and gone 0-10.

The Steelers have had a long and colorful history in the National Football League, they have finished on both the top and bottom of the league standings. The team has also had some great players over the years including Elbie Nickel, Ernie Stautner, Andy Russell, Jack Butler, Terry Bradshaw, Jerome Bettis, Mean Joe Greene, L.C. Greenwood, Rocky Bleier, Bennie Cunningham, Dwight White, Jack Ham, Jack Lambert, Franco Harris, John Stallworth, Lynn Swann, Hines Ward, Joey Porter, Mel Blount, Greg Lloyd, Ben Roethlisberger, Larry Brown, Mike Webster, Donnie Shell, Rod Woodson and Troy Polamalu, and Gary Anderson. Without a doubt, the Steelers will go on being one of the more important franchises in the NFL for many years to come.

Rookie Running Backs Who Have Had 100 Yard Games Against The Cowboys


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Most people think that the measure of a quality game from a running back in the NFL is by whether or not they had a 100 yard game. The Dallas Cowboys have been one of the more successful teams in the NFL over the years and have faced more than their fair share of running backs. How many of them though have gone over 100 yards as a rookie when playing against America’s Team?

19 different rookie running backs have had 100 yard games against the Cowboys but it has happened 20 times. This is because in 1979, rookie Ottis Anderson of the Cardinals had 100 yard games both times he played against Dallas.

Fun Facts:

-The first running back ever to have a 100 yard rushing game against Dallas was Giants running back Bob Gaiters in week five of the 1961 season.

-After giving up that 100 yard game to a rookie in 1961, the Cowboys wouldn’t give up another for more than ten years when a different Giants running back, Vince Clements, did it to them in the last game of the 1972 season.

-The oldest rookie running back to ever have a 100 yard game against the Cowboys was Lionel Vital during the labor trouble of the 1987 season. At the time he was 24 years and 96 days old.

-The youngest rookie to ever rush for 100 or more yards against the Cowboys was Jamal Lewis of the Ravens in 2000. He was 21 years and 82 days old.

-The most yards a rookie running back has ever run for against the Cowboys is 206. This was done in 1984 by Greg Bell of the Buffalo Bills.

-Notable rookie running backs to have 100 yard games against the Cowboys include Ottis Anderson, Ron Dayne, Corey Dillon, Craig James, Edgerrin James, Jamal Lewis, Alfred Morris, and Eddie Lacy.

Patriots Players With 10 Or More 100 Yard Rushing Games


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The New England Patriots are one of the better organizations in football. They have had a lot of great players over the years, including some impressive running backs. What running backs have had the most 100 yard games for the Patriots though?

Here are the four New England running backs who have put up 10 or more 100 yard rushing performances during their time with the team:

Jim Nance: (17) 100 yard games between 1966 and 1969.

Curtis Martin: (14) 100 yard games between 1995 and 1997.

Sam Cunningham: (11) 100 yard games between 1974 and 1977.

Corey Dillon: (11) 100 yard games between 2004 and 2005.

Tom Brady’s First Game Ever In The NFL



Tom Brady has had one of the most decorated careers an NFL quarterback could have. With multiple championships and tons of individual accomplishments and records, it is easy to understand just why he is so highly thought of, even by opposing players and fans. He really is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.

As a rookie out of the University of Michigan in 2000, Tom Brady took the field for the first time in a regular season NFL game on November 23rd. He was coming on in relief of Drew Bledsoe in the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions in a game the Patriots eventually lost 34-9.

Brady’s first two pass attempts in the NFL were incomplete. He then completed a four yarder to J.R. Redmond that was called back for an ineligible receiver down field. He got his first official completion on the next play on a six yard pass to Rod Rutledge. Brady finished the game completing one of three passes for six yards that day.

Tom Brady’s stats were a little better on September 30, 2001. That was the day he got his first NFL start. The Patriots were at home, hosting the visiting Indianapolis Colts, and would win by the score of 44-13. In that game, Brady would complete 13 of 23 passes for 168 yards and no touchdowns.

Great Games – The 1984 Seattle Seahawks Go On An Interception Binge



The Seattle Seahawks came into the NFL in the mid 1970’s and struggled mightily their first few seasons. By the time that the early 1980’s had rolled around though, they were beginning to show that they could in fact be one of the tougher teams in the AFC, even progressing as far as the AFC Championship Game.

These teams were known for having a really good offense that featured players like Dave Krieg, Curt Warner, and Steve Largent. On November 4th, 1984 though in a home game against the Kansas City Chiefs, it was their defense that came through in a pretty incredible way.

After one quarter of play, the Seahawks had a 3-0 lead thanks to a field goal by Norm Johnson. The game opened up for Seattle in the second quarter though as Dave Brown returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown. A short time later, Seahawks defender Keith Simpson would add a 76 yard interception return for a touchdown of his own. Dave Krieg would then throw two touchdown passes before the half, the first an 11 yarder to running back Dan Doornink and the second a two harder to future NFL head coach Mike Tice. At halftime, that put the Seahawks up over the Chiefs by the score of 31-0.

There were only two more touchdowns scored in the game. Dave Brown would hit the end zone again in the third quarter with a 56 yard interception return and then in the fourth quarter Kenny Easley would return an interception 58 yards for a touchdown. That would make the final score of the game 45-0 in favor of the Seattle Seahawks.

Four interceptions returned for touchdowns in one game makes this one of the more impressive defensive performances in NFL history. The Seahawks actually had two more interceptions that did not go back for scores, both of those were caught by defensive back Terry Taylor. The Chiefs went through three quarterbacks that day as Bill Kenney would go 8 of 18 for 86 yards and 2 interceptions, Todd Blackledge would go 8 of 17 for 54 yards and 3 interceptions, and Sandy Osiecki would go 7 of 16 for 64 yards and 1 interception.