NFL Running Backs Moving Up The All-Time Leaders List In 2017



With the 2017 NFL coming up, let’s take a look at which active running backs have the chance to move up among the career leaders in NFL history.

Rushing Yards
On the top ten list of all-time rushing yards leaders in NFL history, there is only one active player. Frank Gore sits in 8th place all-time with 13,065 career rushing yards. He’s just 194 yards behind Eric Dickerson in 7th place, 597 yards behind Jerome Bettis, 619 yards behind LaDainian Tomlinson, and 1,036 yards behind Curtis Martin in 4th place. Gore has had nine 1,000 yard rushing seasons during his career, including one last season, so 4th place is within reach.

Rushing Touchdowns
There is just one active NFL running back listed in the all-time list of career rushing touchdowns leaders. In 10th place is former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. With just 10 rushing touchdowns in 2017, a mark he’s hit eight times during his career, Peterson would Barry Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Shaun Alexander, John Riggins, and Jim Brown and find himself in 5th place all-time. Even then, he would only be three behind all time great Walter Payton.

Update: The Favorite Receivers Of Ben Roethlisberger



We posted an article on The Favorite Receivers of Ben Roethlisberger in 2009:

Eight years later and it’s time for an update!

Ben Roethlisberger has been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL for a long time now. Over the years, he’s thrown a lot of touchdown passes to a lot of players. Who are his favorite receivers though? Let’s look at the top five players ranked by who has caught the most TD passes thrown by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Antonio Brown – 49

Hines Ward – 41

Heath Miller – 41

Mike Wallace – 29

Santonio Holmes – 17

NFL Quarterback’s Moving Up The All-Time List In 2017



Coming into the 2017 NFL season, there are a number of active quarterbacks ranked either in or near the top ten all-time in a number of statistical categories. Who can move up, and how far, on the list of all time greats though?

Pass Completions
Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Eli Manning, and Philip Rivers all sit in the top ten all-time in career pass completions. Brees is in 3rd place, a little less than 300 behind Peyton Manning. Brady is in 4th place, over 500 behind Brees. Eli Manning is in 7th place all time, less than 100 behind John Elway. Rivers is in 10th place currently, just seven completions ahead of Ben Roethlisberger, 28 behind Drew Bledsoe, and 177 behind Warren Moon.

Passing Yards
Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Eli Manning, and Ben Roethlisberger are all ranked in the top ten all-time in passing yards, and also all still active in the NFL. Brees sits in third place all-time with 66,111 passing yards and would need 5,728 yards to move past Brett Favre into second place. The most yards he’s ever thrown for in a season was 5,476 he threw for in 2011. Brady sits a little over 4,500 yards behind Brees and just over 10,000 behind Favre. If Eli Manning, currently sitting in 8th place all time with 48,218 passing yards, has a 3,000 yard season, he would leap past Warren Moon and John Elway into 6th place. Likewise, if Ben Roethisberger in 10th place with 46,814 career passing yards had a 3,000 yard season, he would leap up two places on the list, past Fran Tarkenton and Warren Moon, not to mention Eli Manning if his season doesn’t go as planned.

Touchdown Passes
Five active quarterbacks are in the top ten all-time on the list of touchdown passes in the NFL: Drew Brees (3rd), Tom Brady (4th), Eli Manning (7th), Philip Rivers (8th), and Ben Roethlisberger (9th). The bottom three there all being separated by just 19 TD passes. Within their sights ahead of them is Fran Tarkenton, currently ranked 6th, while Dan Marino in 7th place remains a little too far away. Tom Brady threw 50 touchdown passes back in 2007. Even if he duplicated that mark this year he would fall short of passing Brett Favre, though Brees would be a possibility depending on his season. Brees sits 43 touchdown passes behind Favre who owns the number two spot on the list. He’s reached that mark twice during his career.

Interceptions
No one wants to excel at throwing interceptions. It happens though, especially if you play for a long time. On the top ten all-time list for NFL quarterbacks in career interceptions, there are no active quarterbacks found. The closest is Drew Brees in 18th place with 220, 28 behind Y.A. Tittle in 10th place.

15 Fun Facts About Tulane Stadium



Tulane Stadium may be no more but here are some fun facts about this once important football stadium.

-Tulane Stadium was opened in 1926 with a seating capacity of approximately 35,000 people.

-Though the capacity was 35,000 at the time of construction, by 1956 the capacity for the stadium had increased to 80,985.

-Tulane Stadium hosted three of the first nine Super Bowls including Super Bowls IV, VI, and IX.

-Super Bowl IX was originally scheduled to be played at the Louisiana Superdome but when that stadium hadn’t been completed in time it was moved to nearby Tulane Stadium.

-The last college football game ever played in Tulane Stadium was the Sugar Bowl on December 31st, 1974. Nebraska defeated Florida in that game, 13-10.

-The Sugar Bowl was played at Tulane Stadium every year from the first one in 1935 up until the Louisiana Superdome was opened.

-The most people ever to see a game at Tulane Stadium was 86,598. That happened on December 1, 1973 when the Tulane Green Wave beat the LSU Tigers 14-0.

-On the same day that the Louisiana Superdome opened, Tulane Stadium was condemned for demolition.

-Tulane Stadium was the home field for the New Orleans Saints from 1967, their first year in the NFL, until 1974.

-The Saints lost the first game they ever played at the stadium, 27-13 to the Los Angeles Rams. They would however win the last game they played there 14-0 over the St. Louis Cardinals.

-Tulane Stadium was an all grass field from the moment it was opened in 1926 up until 1970. In 1971 its surface was replaced with Poly-Turf.

-The Pelican Bowl was a short lived college bowl game that was played in 1972, 1973, and 1975 and then discontinued due to low attendance. The second and third games were played at Tulane Stadium with the second one won by Grambling University and the last one won by Southern University.

-On November 8, 1970 in Tulane Stadium the Saints would get a come from behind victory over the the Detroit Lions, winning 19-17 on a late field goal. That field goal was kicked by Tom Dempsey from 63 yards away, setting the NFL record for longest field goal ever.

-Tulane Stadium was the first stadium to host a Super Bowl and later be demolished.

-Before Super Bowl XII, the first one ever held in the Superdome, the Denver Broncos used Tulane Stadium as their practice facility in preparation for the big game.

21 Fun Facts About The Rookie Year Of Cowboys Running Back Ezekiel Elliott



Ezekiel Elliott came into the NFL as one of the more highly touted rookies in 2016. When the Dallas Cowboys picked him with the fourth overall selection in the draft that year, it meant he was going to one of the more highly thought of teams in the league too. It worked out well for both that year when Elliott led the NFL in rushing yards and won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award, while the Cowboys finished the season with a 13-3 record.

21 Fun Facts About Ezekiel Elliott’s Rookie Year:

Nice Averages

Ezekiel Elliott averaged 5.1 yards per rushing attempt and 108.7 rushing yards per game during his rookie season in 2016. He also averaged 11.3 yards per reception and 24.2 receiving yards per game.

Fumble!

As a rookie in 2016, Ezekiel Elliott fumbled the ball five times. He also had three fumble recoveries.

Rookie of the Week!

Ezekiel Elliott was named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week four times during the 2016 season.

Rookie of the Month!

October of 2016 saw Ezekiel Elliott named the Offensive Rookie of the Month.

That First Run

Ezekiel Elliott’s first NFL carry came on the first play of the first game of the 2016 season against the New York Giants. He took the handoff, went off right tackle, and gained one yard.

And Down He Goes

The first NFL player to tackle Ezekiel Elliott was Nat Berhe of the New York Giants.

That First Catch

Ezekiel Elliott’s first NFL catch came in the first quarter of the first game of the season against the New York Giants. It was thrown to him by Dak Prescott and was good for a one yard gain.

That First Rushing Touchdown

Ezekiel Elliott’s first career rushing touchdown came in the first game of the 2016 season. It happened in the third quarter on an eight yard run.

That First TD Reception

The first TD reception of Ezekiel Elliott’s NFL career came in the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the ninth game of the year. It was good from 83 yards away and was thrown to him by Dak Prescott.

Those Touchdowns!

Ezekiel Elliott scored 16 touchdowns as a rookie in 2016. He scored 15 on the ground and one by reception.

Home And Away

Of his 16 touchdowns as a rookie in 2016, Ezekiel Elliott scored eight in home games and eight while on the road.

The Most!

The most touchdowns Ezekiel Elliott would have against any team as a rookie was three. He scored that many against both the Steelers and the Redskins that season.

The Longest!

The longest touchdown Ezekiel Elliott would score as a rookie was that 83 yard reception against the Steelers. The longest he scored on the ground was a 60 yard run he had against the Bengals.

100 Yard Games!

As a rookie in 2016, Ezekiel Elliott pulled off seven 100 yard rushing games.

That First 100 Yard Game

The first opponent Ezekiel Elliott had a 100 yard game against was the Chicago Bears in the third game of the season. He ran the ball 30 times that day for 140 yards and no touchdowns.

His Most Rushing Yards

The most rushing yards Ezekiel Elliott would have in one game as a rookie was the 159 he had in the second to last game of the year, a win over the Buccaneers.

1000 Yard Rusher

In week nine of the 2016 season, Ezekiel Elliott passed the 1,000 yard rushing mark. This made him the second Cowboys rookie to ever become a 1,000 yard rusher. The first was Tony Dorsett.

New Cowboys Rookie Record

In week 11, Ezekiel Elliott moved past Tony Dorsett to set the team record for most rushing yards by a rookie.

Another Team Record!

In Week 15, Ezekiel Elliott passed Tony Dorsett and Herschel Walker to set a new Cowboys team record for most rushing touchdowns in a season by a rookie.

Recognition!

When the 2016 season ended, Ezekiel Elliott was honored with being named to the Pro Bowl and to the First Team All-Pro team.

Quite The Pair!

With Dak Prescott joining him in the Pro Bowl, the quarterback and running back duo became the first rookie quarterback and running back off the same team to be named to the Pro Bowl in league history.

San Jose State Quarterbacks Drafted Into The NFL



San Jose State University has made a lot of contributions to the NFL over the years. How many quarterbacks though have been drafted out of San Jose State by NFL teams?

Roy Zimmerman – 1940 – Redskins – 7th Round

Paul Held – 1953 – Lions – 19th Round

Mike Jones – 1961 – Steelers – 20th Round

Danny Holman – 1968 – Steelers – 8th Round

Steve DeBerg – 1977 – Cowboys – 10th Round

Ed Luther – 1980 – Chargers – 4th Round

Mike Perez – 1988 – Giants – 7th Round

David Fales – 2014 – Bears – 6th Round

Update: The Favorite Receivers Of Tony Romo



Dallas Cowboys longtime quarterback Tony Romo recently retired after a very successful career. We did a post back in 2009 about who he’d thrown the most TD passes to. Those numbers have really changed over the years.

Here’s the original: Tony Romo’s Favorite Receivers

Who Did Tony Romo Throw The Most TD Passes To?

Dez Bryant – 50

Jason Witten – 37

Terrell Owens – 34

Miles Austin – 27

Patrick Crayton – 19

Syracuse Orange Quarterbacks Taken In The NFL Draft



Syracuse has had a very impressive football team for most of its history. Only three quarterbacks have been drafted from there into the NFL over the years though. They are:

Don McPherson – 1988 – Eagles – 6th Round

Donovan McNabb – 1999 – Eagles – 1st Round

Ryan Nassib – 2013 – Giants – 4th Round

Of note:

-The first two quarterbacks ever drafted into the NFL out of Syracuse both went to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Winningest Quarterbacks In Cleveland Browns History



The Cleveland Browns entered pro football as a member of the All-American Football Conference in 1946. They remained in that league for four seasons, winning the championship each year. They then entered the NFL in 1950 and have had an up and down existence ever since.

Through that time, a number of players have suited up and taken the field as the team’s starting quarterback. Which of them though is the winningest quarterback in Cleveland Browns history?

Cleveland Browns Quarterbacks With The Most Wins

Otto Graham – 57

Brian Sipe – 57

Bernie Kosar – 53

Frank Ryan – 52

Bill Nelsen – 34

Milt Plum – 33

Mike Phipps – 24

Tim Couch – 22

Vinny Testaverde – 16

Derek Anderson – 16

22 College Football Fun Facts About Quarterback Derek Carr



Derek Carr came into the NFL and immediately staked a claim as one of the better young, up and coming, quarterbacks around. Like all NFL players though, he had a history long before joining the big leagues. Here is a look at 22 college football fun facts about quarterback Derek Carr:

-Derek Carr enrolled at Fresno State in the spring of 2009 as an early-entry freshman so he could practice as part of the school’s Spring Football program.

-Derek Carr spent five years at Fresno State University, redshirting his sophomore season in 2010 before starting at quarterback for the team in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

-Derek Carr is the third Fresno State player to win the Sammy Baugh Trophy, awarded annually to the nation’s top college passer. The first two were Trent Dilfer and Carr’s older brother David.

-In 2013, Derek Carr finished in 8th place in the voting for the Heisman Trophy.

-Finishing ahead of Derek Carr in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2013 were the winner Jameis Winston, followed by A.J. McCarron, Jordan Lynch, Andre Williams, Johnny Manziel, Tre Mason, and Bryce Petty.

-Derek Carr chose to wear jersey number 4 at Fresno State, the number he still wears in the NFL, because it was the same number worn by his favorite player growing up, Brett Favre.

-Derek Carr’s record as a starting quarterback at Fresno State was 24-15.

-While at Fresno State, Derek Carr threw 113 touchdown passes and 24 interceptions.

-The first time Derek Carr took the field for Fresno State was as a freshman in relief when he completed two of two passes for 37 yards. This came in a September 9, 2009 game against Cal-Davis.

-Derek Carr’s first time as the starting quarterback for Fresno State came in a 2011 loss to the Cal Bears. In that game he completed 21 of 33 passes for 150 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

-Derek Carr’s first 300 yard game as a college QB came in the fourth game of the 2011 season, a Fresno State win over Idaho, when he completed 24 of 37 passes for 371 yards and five touchdowns.

-The most completions Derek Carr would ever have in one college football game was the 52 he had, on 73 attempts, in a 2013 win over Rutgers.

-In a 2012 win over San Diego State, Derek Carr would throw for the most passing yards he would in his college career when he finished with 536.

-Derek Carr had 11 college football games where he threw for 400 or more yards, including three where he topped the 500 yard mark.

-The most TD passes Derek Carr would throw in one game was the seven he put up against New Mexico in 2013. He had zero interceptions to go along with those seven TDs.

-In his entire college football career, Derek Carr never threw more than two interceptions in a game.

-The most rushing yards Derek Carr ever had in one game in college was the 39 he put up against Utah State in 2011.

-Derek Carr ran for five rushing touchdowns during his college career at Fresno State. He had one each against Utah State, Nebraska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Mississippi.

-In addition to playing quarterback, Derek Carr punted the ball 10 times while in college at Fresno State.

-Derek Carr finished his college career with 11 total TD passes against the University of New Mexico, more than he threw against any other school.

-Derek Carr’s first career college football TD pass was caught by Edward Dilihunt.

-The last TD pass Derek Carr would throw while playing for Fresno State was caught by Davante Adams.